In Friday’s New York Times, reporter Nicholas Fandos used the firing by President Trump of Veterans Affairs secretary David Shulkin to spread irrational fear of privatization at the scandal and corruption-plagued federal organization for veterans assistance: “V.A. Shake-Up Gives Rise to New Fears of Privatized Care.”
During an appearance on CNN's New Day Thursday morning, panelist John Avlon did not seem to like the idea that Attorney General Jeff Sessions may fire Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe for his mishandling of the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation, saying "that is a disgrace to fire somebody days before retirement, and take away their pension really for what is a petty and political reason."
The Trump administration took swift action against two high ranking officials at the Manchester VA Medical Center in New Hampshire on Sunday. The firings came one day after The Boston Globe published a scathing expose on the atrocious conditions present at the VA hospital. But despite the horrendous conditions and the Trump administration’s decisive action, the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) ignored everything.
It was a marathon July 10 interview chock full of fireworks on CNN's New Day that ran into overtime to almost 36 minutes. What set it off was host Chris Cuomo's obsession with the latest Trump-Russia nothingburger. Cuomo's ire could have been set off by guest Kellyanne Conway's mockery of Cuomo's sacred issue that CNN has hung its reputation upon. However, one has to wonder if Cuomo's desperately energetic attitude came in part as a response to the revelation by his assistant producer, Jimmy Carr, on a recent Project Veritas video that much of his New Day crew hold him in very low regard.
For a media wallowing in the toxic political culture, one would think Friday’s bill signing of a massive overhaul at the scandal-ridden Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.) would provide a chance to show that Washington has accomplished something. Alas, it was not to be as ABC and NBC refused to directly cover this bipartisan achievement for the Trump administration.
On Wednesday afternoon, news broke out of Washington D.C. that, “Conditions are so dangerous at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, D.C., that the agency's chief watchdog issued a rare preliminary report Wednesday to alert patients and other members of the public.” That, according to USA Today. Despite the horrific conditions found in government ran facilities, CBS and NBC decided to skip the news during their evening broadcasts. ABC, on the other hand, did report the shocking findings.