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Dean, a Fox meteorologist, transforms into a ferocious Cuomo critic.

Dean, a Fox meteorologist, transforms into a ferocious Cuomo critic.

 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is a liar and a rapist, according to Janice Dean of Fox News Channel. Others are to blame for his “disastrous actions,” he says. He must quit — but that isn’t enough.

“It’s time for him to go to jail!” On “Fox & Friends,” she rumbled.

Dean is Fox’s senior meteorologist, not a political analyst. However, a devastating personal tragedy has turned her into a fierce advocate for families who claim that a Cuomo-backed initiative promoting the relocation of COVID-19 positive patients to nursing homes was a fatal mistake.

Meghan McCain of “The View,” who worked with Dean at Fox News, said, “She just hates when people are messed with and… always has fought for the little guy.”

McCain is well-versed in politics, and he believes her friend has a future in it.

Cuomo has justified his actions, claiming that they were based on scientific principles. His office did not respond to requests for comment on Dean.

Dean, on the other hand, has made some dubious public statements about the implications of Cuomo’s nursing home order and the coverage provided by another news organization. Fox’s newfound position raises ethical concerns.

Jeffrey McCall, a media ethics professor at DePauw University, said, “She is definitely a passionate and articulate spokesperson on this matter.” “However, it is obvious that Janice is using her position as a Fox News Channel host to advocate.”

New York was a nightmare in March and April 2020, with the new coronavirus spreading like wildfire. The timing was particularly cruel for Michael and Dolores Newman, the parents of Dean’s husband, Sean, affectionately known as Mickey and Dee by family and friends. They married three days before Valentine’s Day in 1961, and they were born and raised in Brooklyn.

Mickey, an 83-year-old former firefighter, was suffering from dementia and other problems at the Grandell Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Brooklyn. Dee was a resident of the Long Island Living Center’s assisted living facility, and she hoped Mickey would join her once his health improved.

However, he died on March 29, just hours after Sean received a call from him saying he wasn’t feeling good. Dee, 79, passed away on April 13th.

As the family began investigating the deaths, they were astounded to learn of the Cuomo administration’s March 25 order that nursing homes should not refuse admission to those with COVID-19 simply because they had it. On April 7, the policy was extended to include assisted living facilities.

At the time, New York was very concerned about running out of hospital rooms. Cuomo maintained that precautions were taken and that discrimination against people with COVID was false.

By Can, the order had been revoked. The governor and his staff went to great lengths to hide the number of virus deaths among New York nursing home residents, according to reports. Dean couldn’t believe the vulnerable had been placed in such a dangerous situation.

At first, she didn’t say anything about it in public. That changed after seeing Chris Cuomo brandish a giant cotton swab to mock his brother, Governor Andrew Cuomo, on CNN in May.

 

She expressed her anger in a text message to her friend Tucker Carlson, who invited her to say her story on his show the next night.

She hasn’t slowed down.

Dean was swimming against the current. Cuomo was well-liked, and his televised coronavirus briefings drew praise from those who disapproved of then-President Donald Trump’s results. He also wrote a leadership book.

Things have changed now that a sexual harassment controversy has engulfed him. Dean’s contempt for Cuomo was on show last month when she used Twitter to hold a running commentary during one of his press conferences.

“He has a dry mouth. He’s jittery. He’s also lying.”

“He is nothing but a disgrace.”

“You are a thief.”

Dean was crucial in keeping the problem alive, according to Bill Hammond, senior fellow for health policy at the Empire Center for State Policy.

“She draws attention because she has a certain kind of fame, and she has access to the bullhorn of Fox News, which is a powerful force,” Hammond said.

Dean has been with Fox since 2004, and on “Fox & Friends,” he is the weather forecaster. She’s revealed her family’s story to the show’s hosts, including Carlson, Sean Hannity, Martha MacCallum, Harris Faulkner, and others, on the radio.

The tale hit a perfect spot for Fox. Here was a topic that posed serious questions about a politician lionized by many liberals for an audience dominated by conservatives tired of hearing Trump blamed for his pandemic response.

According to Kathleen Bartzen Culver, director of the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Journalism Ethics, “many news media have successfully used personal experiences of workers to report stories about the pandemic.”

When the personal becomes political, she says, it becomes an issue. Journalists are typically prohibited from participating in politics.

Dean spoke to young Republicans in Staten Island at a rally organized by Democratic Assemblyman Ron Kim, another Cuomo critic, during a virtual town hall sponsored by the state GOP chairman.

Fox refused to make a senior executive available to discuss Dean. Dean is not a news writer, according to a spokesperson, and is speaking about a subject that has had a significant impact on her family.

Dean claims that her Fox bosses have been fully supportive.

“Obviously, it’s an awkward place for them because I’m the meteorologist and all of a sudden I’m thrust into this job of being an advocate,” she explained. “However, my family was impacted at the end of the day. And I believe that if there are no people who have a voice in this, that is an important role to play.”
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She wrote a report for Fox News three days before Valentine’s Day last month titled “Cuomo’s COVID nursing home policies robbed my in-laws of their 60th wedding anniversary.”

“Their death warrant was signed as an executive order by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to bring contaminated patients into the places where our most vulnerable resided,” she wrote, emphasizing the connection.

Mickey Newman died four days after Cuomo’s order was released at Grandell. According to the CDC, the average time between exposure to the virus and the onset of symptoms is five days. Although being sick enough to die within four days of exposure isn’t impossible, it’s extremely unlikely, according to Dr. David Boulware, an infectious disease and foreign medicine professor at the University of Minnesota.

Dee died six days after the state order for assisted living facilities went into effect.

Nobody knows how Dean’s in-laws contracted the virus, and their deaths are tragic. Other data, such as staff or visitors, suggests transmission originated from someone other than patients transferred to their facilities at the state’s request.

Donna Johnson, Dean’s sister-in-law, said, “We don’t know the story.” “You make an attempt to inquire. Nobody actually responds to you.”

The Associated Press was unable to obtain information about the Newmans from the facilities.

Meanwhile, families are wary of the Cuomo administration’s attempts to keep data confidential, divert responsibility for outbreaks at nursing homes, and dismiss concerns about whether the state’s policies exacerbated any outbreaks.

Cuomo recently reported that the withheld data created a “hole” that exposed angry and perplexed New Yorkers to “conspiracy theories” and misinformation. “People become perplexed, and family members who have lost loved ones in nursing homes tend to wonder if this is real. “I wonder if my father died as a result of a blunder,” he speculated.

On Jan. 30, Dean took to Twitter to criticize NBC News and anchor Lester Holt, claiming that they had “censored” a friend who had been interviewed on the subject by forcing her to state that New York had failed nursing home families rather than Cuomo. The Associated Press received a tape of reporter Kristen Dahlgren’s interview from NBC, which refutes the argument. Dean claims the tape was tampered with, but he provides no evidence to back up his claim.

The story does not support the notion that NBC was attempting to defend Cuomo. Dahlgren cites Dean’s friend Dawn Best as saying that a “third-grader” should know not to place COVID-19 patients in nursing homes, with Cuomo clearly in mind. Best can also be seen carrying a sign that reads, “Cuomo murdered my mother.”

Others, however, do not dismiss the possibility of a democratic future.

McCain said, “The best people who go into politics come at it organically, like people who haven’t been running for office their whole lives.” Dean “has this very convincing way of thinking for only ordinary Americans.” I’m one of the people who has been pushing her to run for office behind the scenes.”

“I don’t like being a part of this political shambles with the governor right now,” Dean said. However, I believe it is a calling. “Yes, I do.”

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – In October 2005, after Hurricane Katrina destroyed multiple areas of New Orleans, Claudine “Dee Dee” Blanchard and her daughter Gypsy Rose Blanchard moved to a home in Aurora, Missouri. Dee Dee claims Gypsy’s medical records were destroyed in the flooding.

According to Blanchard, Gypsy was diagnosed with leukemia and muscular dystrophy. She was wheelchair-bound, used a feeding tube, and had an oxygen tank. This would later be discovered as untrue.

Taking advantage of charities

In March of 2008, Habitat for Humanity built a small house in Springfield for the Blanchards. The home was specifically designed with accessibility features like lower light switches, a large bathtub, wide doorways, and a wheelchair ramp.

During this time, news outlets, the public, friends, and neighbors were fooled by their con. An outpouring of support came from charity organizations, donations, and even celebrities. They received free flights, lodging, and trips.

The Blanchards went on charity trips to Disney World and through the Make-a-Wish Foundation met Miranda Lambert. According to Tara Sullins, a friend of Blanchard, they received a large sum of money from Lambert and Blake Shelton for medical treatment in Paris.

Dee Dee’s legal name was Clauddine Blanchard. She uses various aliases and misspellings over the years such as DeDe, Claudine, and Deno. According to Michelle Dean’s BuzzFeed article, Dee Dee Wanted Her Daughter To Be Sick, Gypsy Wanted Her Mom Murdered, by the time she reached Missouri, she went be Clauddinnea and always added an “e” to her last name.

Gypsy’s father, Rod Blanchard, met Dee Dee while in high school. He was 17 years old and she was 24 when she got pregnant. They would soon get married, but he left the marriage before Gypsy was born. He remained involved with his daughter early on. He would later remarry and continue to make monthly child support payments, sent gifts, spoke to her on the phone. But according to Michelle Dean from BuzzFeed News, Dee Dee told neighbors Rod was an abusive drug addict and alcoholic who had never come to terms with Gypsy’s health issues and never sent them any money.

Dee Dee was convinced Gypsy suffered from a wide range of health issues. They spent a lot of time with various specialists throughout Louisiana. With her insistence, she managed to get treatment for her daughter’s ailments, including prescriptions for anti-seizure medication and surgeries.

Dr. Bernardo Flasterstein, Gypsy’s neurologist, became suspicious of her muscular dystrophy diagnosis. He ordered MRIs and blood tests, which found no abnormalities. After contacting Gypsy’s doctors in New Orleans, he learned that Gypsy’s original muscle biopsy had come back negative, which undermined Dee dee’s self-reported diagnosis as well as the claim that all of Gypsy’s records had been destroyed by flooding.  

He suspected the possibility of Munchausen syndrome by proxy. A condition in which a caregiver creates the appearance of health problems in another person, typically their child. 

Flasterstein did not report Blanchard to social services. He said he had been told by other doctors to treat the pair with ‘golden gloves’ and doubted the authorities would believe him anyway. 

A secret boyfriend

According to Michelle Dean’s BuzzFeed article, in 2012, Gypsy Blanchard met Nicholas Godejohn online. He was from Big Bend, Wisconsin, and had been diagnosed with autism.

The pair met online on a Christian singles dating site. They hit it off immediately. Blanchard and Godejohn spoke of eloping, naming future children they would have together, and sexual exchanges.

In HBO’s documentary, Mommy Dead and Dearest, Blanchard revealed Godejohn was into BDSM, sexual activity involving such practices as the use of physical restraints, the granting and relinquishing of control, and the infliction of pain. Blanchard was taught how to roleplay characters each with names and personas. Using secret social media accounts, she would dress up in costumes and share photos of herself with Godejohn.

In 2013, Godejohn pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct for allegedly viewing pornography on his laptop at a McDonald’s and touching himself inappropriately.

Their relationship would be a secret for two and half years before confiding to Blanchard’s friend, Aleah Woodmansee in 2014. Woodmansee found their relationship alarming due to the sexual nature and that she believed Blanchard was still a minor. She tried to talk her out of continuing contact with Godejohn, but Blanchard appeared to be completely smitten.

Blanchard confessed she wanted to be more like girls her age and date but knew Dee Dee would have to approve first.

At Godejohn’s trial, Blanchard revealed she arranged and paid for him to meet her mother in Springfield. She hoped that Dee Dee might allow them to date if she thought they met for the first time in person. They decided to meet at a movie theater to see Cinderella. Blanchard said her mother hated him. Regardless, she was able to sneak away and lose her virginity to Godejohn in a bathroom stall.

The murder

In an interview with 20/20, Blanchard said her mother got jealous that she was giving Godejohn too much attention and ordered her to stay away from him. They fought for weeks over the event. Gypsy said her mother called her names like slut and whore.

After the failed attempt, Blanchard and Godejohn began planning Dee Dee’s murder. “It was not because I hated her. It was because I wanted to escape her,” she said.

On June 2015, the day of the murder, per ABC News, Godejohn traveled to Missouri, checked into a motel, and waited for a confirmation text from Blanchard. Once Dee Dee fell asleep, he went to their home where Blanchard gave him a knife. She hid in the bathroom with her hands over her ears while Godejohn stabbed Dee Dee to death.

In an interview with 20/20, she said, “I honestly thought he would end up not doing it. I heard her scream once, and there was more screaming but not like the kind in a horror film. Just like a startled scream, and she asked, ‘Who was it that was in the bedroom?’ And she called out to my name about three or four times, and at that point, I wanted to go help her so bad, but I was so afraid to get up. It’s like my body wouldn’t move. Then everything just went quiet.”

Blanchard and Godejohn admitted they had sex immediately after the murder, according to ABC News.

On June 14th, 2015, a pair of disturbing posts appeared on Dee Dee’s Facebook page. Many wondered if the account had been hacked, but the second message made it clear something was wrong. 

On the run from the law

Blanchard and Godejohn stayed overnight in his motel in Springfield. They left on a bus to Big Bend, Wisconsin, on June 14th.

It was that afternoon when she made Godejohn create the Facebook posts. “I couldn’t stand the thought of her just there because what happens if it would have taken months to find her, so I wanted her found so she could have a proper burial,” Blanchard told 20/20.

In Springfield, when police found Dee Dee’s body, Woodmansee told police about Blanchard’s secret online relationship with Godejohn. With help from Facebook, authorities were able to find his IP address and track him and Blanchard down in Wisconsin.

Police from Waukesha County, Wisconsin, were dispatched to Godejohn’s family home. He and Blanchard were taken into custody on charges of murder and felony armed criminal action. The pair were extradited back to Missouri and were held on a one million dollar bond.  

Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott held a press conference to warn the public about donating money to any of the fundraiser accounts associated with the Blanchards.

Gypsy’s trial

While the charge of first-degree murder can carry the death penalty under Missouri law or life without parole, county prosecutor Dan Patterson announced he would not seek the death penalty for either Blanchard or Godejohn, calling the case, “extraordinary and unusual”.

Investigations into the crime revealed a series of texts between them that appeared to discuss and plan Dee Dee’s death. It read, “Honey, you forget I am ruthless, and my hatred of her will force her to die,” Godejohn texted Blanchard. “It’s my evil side doing it. He won’t mess up, because he enjoys killing.”   

According to BuzzFeed, prosecutors also said they found social media evidence of Blanchard directly asking Godejohn to kill her mother, though these have never been made public. Documents from pretrial discovery show him telling a friend about Blanchard’s desire to murder her mother as early as May 2014.

On June 29th, Gypsy Blanchard pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

Mike Stanfield, Blanchard’s attorney, said he was able to uncover decades worth of abuse that Dee Dee inflicted on Blanchard as a part of an elaborate fraud scheme. For months, he traveled to Lousiana to try to recover her medical records. 

After the disclosure of how Dee Dee had treated Blanchard all those years, sympathy for her as the victim of a violent murder quickly shifted to her daughter as a long-term victim of child abuse.   

Blanchard revealed everything about the financial fraud scheme. She admitted she had been lying for years and that her mom made her do it. But even she didn’t know everything that happened. When Blanchard first spoke with the police she told them she was 19. Gypsy’s father, Rod Blanchard, had to clarify she was actually 23.  

According to the HBO documentary, Dee Dee told her she suffered from asthma, epilepsy, hearing and vision impairments, had to be fed with by a feeding tube, was paralyzed from the waist down, and suffered from intellectual disabilities. During medical visits gypsy was told to not move her legs and to just play with the dolls she would bring with her as Dee Dee did all of the talking.  

Gypsy kept the facade for years, but as she became older, she expressed feelings of wanting freedom and love.

Attorney Mike Stanfield told BuzzFeed that Gypsy was so undernourished that during the year she was in the county jail, she gained 14 pounds, in contrast to most of his clients who lose weight in that situation.

In July 2015, she accepted a plea bargain agreement of second-degree murder and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Speaking with various media outlets, Blanchard says she was able to research Munchausen syndrome by proxy and said her mother had every symptom.

She also says she feels freer in prison than she was before with her mother.

Blanchard is now serving her sentence in Missouri’s Chillicothe Correctional Center.

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Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said if rookie Bo Byram had shot quicker a couple of times on Saturday night, the dynamic young defenseman would have had three goals against Nashville.

Following Colorado’s 6-2 victory, Bednar also could have said if star center Nathan MacKinnon was in the lineup, the Avs could have reached seven goals for the fourth time in eight games.

Bottom line: Colorado proved in November that it is loaded offensively, and has the ability to become more dangerous when MacKinnon rejoins Byram in the lineup on Wednesday at Toronto. The Avs are 7-1 in MacKinnon’s latest absence and 5-1 without both MacKinnon and Byram this month.

They have averaged 5.4 goals in the past eight games to lead the NHL in scoring at 4.00. And their .750 winning percentage in November (7-2-1) is a club record.

What happens when MacKinnon follows Byram in rejoining the lineup in the next game on Wednesday at Toronto? Perhaps MacKinnon will realize he doesn’t have to be the superstar for this team to score more goals than it allows, and that diminished pressure will add to the team’s chemistry.

“He’s one of the best players in the world,” Mikko Rantanen, who had three goals and four points against the Preds, said of MacKinnon. “Getting one of the best players back to the team is only going to help us.”

Byram is certainly an important side piece, and he adds to what already is the NHL’s most multi-faceted blue-line corps.

Byram, who settled for the game-winning goal and four shots in logging 22:00 after missing six games with another concussion, was the second coming of Cale Makar against the Preds. That’s a big statement as Makar, the 2021 Norris Trophy finalist who is on an offensive tear, had seven goals and 12 points in his career-high six-game points streak.

Bednar had high praise for Byram for how quickly the 20-year-old returned to his dominant nature while coming off at least his third concussion of 2021.

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