New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will soon receive the International Emmy Founders Award for his daily television briefings on the coronavirus pandemic, the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced on Friday. The academy said Cuomo would be recognized for “his leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic and his masterful use of television to inform and reassure people around the world” in a live broadcast on Monday.
“The governor’s 111 briefings worked so well because he effectively created TV shows with characters, storylines and success and failure stories,” said Bruce Peisner, president and CEO of the International Academy, in a statement. announces the decision. “People around the world are set to understand what̵
In the early months of the pandemic, when New York was one of the global epicenters of the virus, Cuomo held daily media briefings to inform the public about the state of the outbreak. The 111 consecutive daily briefings, which ended on June 19, gathered a total of 59 million spectators, the Academy said.
The founders’ award is given to a person or organization who “crosses cultural boundaries to touch our common humanity.” Previous recipients include Vice President Al Gore, Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg.
More than 580,000 people have tested positive in the state and more than 34,000 have died since the pandemic began, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. And although restrictions do not allow daily cases to rise rapidly in the summer, Cuomo is still criticized by some for coping with the pandemic, especially in state homes for the elderly.
Some condemned the governor’s Emmy on Twitter, writing that the award ignored the problems the state was experiencing during the pandemic.
“This award makes sense because Cuomo is not really a competent, empathetic manager – he just plays one on television,” wrote one progressive activist.
There are fewer hospitalizations in New York than at the worst of the pandemic, according to the Associated Press. But like the rest of the nation, the cases are increasing as the holiday season draws to a close. Earlier this week, New York closed its schools after reaching a 3% degree of positivity.