Fox News Channel viewers know Janice Dean as one of the most likable people on television — but this week, she let the world know she is mad and ready to fight back.
In a series of tweets on Thursday, the meteorologist put “leaders who screwed up” in response to the coronavirus pandemic on notice that she is going to hold them accountable for the tragedies she and her family have ensued.
She previously spoke out in an opinion piece published by Fox News on May 23, using the forum to announce that both her mother- and father-in-law had died after contracting COVID-19.
“Leaders who really screwed up”
Dean argued that, as residents of New York, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo was partially to blame, specifically for policies impacting nursing homes across the state that are believed to have put seniors in danger. Cuomo later rescinded an order that such facilities admit residents and patients who had tested positive for the virus.
Mickey Newman, an Air Force veteran and New York City firefighter, and his wife, Dee, were married for more than half a century and raised three children.
Their deaths and the tragic circumstances surrounding them led to Dean’s impassioned editorial and another unequivocal message on Twitter this week.
“I’m really angry and sad,” she wrote, expressing gratitude to those who have expressed kindness in recent weeks.
Dean went on to assert her intention to fight for “answers from our leaders who really screwed up during this pandemic and try to hold them accountable.”
“What I tell my kids to do”
Acknowledging her own imperfections, she concluded, allows her to focus on positive changes and make a real impact.
“Because that’s what will make me FEEL better and it’s what I tell my kids to do,” Dean wrote. “In a world where you can be anything, be kind. And Mostly Sunny too.”
Her words coincide with a point of deep division as peaceful protests have turned violent in cities across the nation.
Dean’s call for introspection and a desire to inspire kindness in others could not come at a better time. The majority of Americans on both sides can agree on what really matters — if they take the time to listen.