Frontlines: Trouble with Transparency Saddles Whitmer with Credibility Gap

Governor Gretchen Whitmer isn’t being completely transparent with you about the COVID-19 public health crisis – or her response to it.

You don’t have to take my word for it. Just ask the New York Times? Yeah. That New York Times.

They say Whitmer has “trampled” open records laws, and they blistered her for her lack of transparency during the crisis.

But it isn’t just Freedom of Information Act and government transparency laws Whitmer is flouting. Transparency deficits abound. Greg McNeilly writes in the Detroit News:
The... public turns on the news and sees stories about nursing homes and the devastating effect COVID-19 is having on their patients. Here in Michigan, while only 22% of COVID cases involve patients 70 and older, this group accounts for 69% of the state’s roughly 5,000 deaths.
 
Despite the virus’ cataclysmic effect on seniors, one of the governor’s first executive orders established nursing homes as regional “hubs” where the state sends COVID-19 patients to recover.
 
Asked at a press conference about her executive order, Whitmer stepped away from the podium and tagged in the state’s chief medical officer who would only say that it was a good decision. She declined to explain the science or the data.
There’s little wonder why Michiganians by the hundreds of thousands have stopped abiding by Whitmer’s stay-home orders. She’s lost their trust… and doesn’t deserve it back anytime soon.
 
Sincerely,
Tony Daunt
Tony Daunt
Executive Director
Michigan Freedom Fund
Detroit News: Editorial: Whitmer order endangers nursing homes; end it now
"Whitmer, by contrast, renewed her initial order when it expired last week, extending it with an identical mandate — disregarding the concerns and advice of nursing home advocates and legislators.
"The order requires long-term care facilities with less than 80% capacity to create COVID-19 units and to accept infected patients."
Reuters: Michigan Governor Whitmer faces mainstream backlash against shutdown
“But despite Whitmer’s move this week to loosen rules in the state’s northern regions, criticism now is mounting from senior law enforcement officials and establishment business figures that the restrictions are unenforceable. Others complain her latest moves were overdue in reviving a shattered economy.”
"An Oakland County man with a history of coronary disease says he’s lucky to be alive after a blood clot in his leg went virtually untreated for two weeks. It wasn’t treated, because through lockdown orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the state of Michigan had prohibited doctors and hospitals from performing so-called elective medical procedures."


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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