Column: Press necessary for nation’s democracy to work effectively




These days, the scandal involving long wait times at VA hospitals can feel like some made-in-Washington spectacle generated by politicians.

It isn’t. It had its genesis in a late-April report on CNN that as many as 40 veterans may have died waiting for appointments at VA hospitals in Phoenix.

This investigative piece was notable for two reasons. It’s been a while since a news story so quickly provoked such a storm of public indignation that a Cabinet secretary had no choice but to resign. And it’s a reminder of just how important old-fashioned shoe-leather reporting remains to our system of government, especially when it uncovers official misdoing.

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