Suffice it to say, he is not as ubiquitous in March 2021 as he was a year ago.
The governor publicly spoke with the press 91 times last March via in-person briefings, remote conference calls or Zooms, and appearances on television or radio programs. From April through January, he made an average of 32 appearances per month — and that’s not including a number of interviews to promote his book, which weren’t included on his official schedules. His apparent transparency and his performance during televised Covid-19 briefings led the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences to give him a special Emmy award late last year.
More recently, however, the governor has been less of a media presence. He made only 13 appearances during the first few weeks of February, as he was coming under intensified fire for his decisions involving Covid deaths among nursing home residents. On the morning of Feb. 24, his public schedule promised a press briefing later in the day, but it failed to materialize as the first detailed allegations of sexual harassment were made against him later that morning.