Letting the public in on Washington's dirty secret
Americans should remember that The Washington Post uncovered the scandal at Walter Reed Army Medical Center when they bash the media for being anti-American.
Without the Post's reporting, there would be no congressional hearings into the sorry state of care for the wounded soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq.
Without the Post's reporting, the man in charge at Walter Reed, Maj. Gen. George Weightman, would still be on the job, as would Army Secretary Francis Harvey.
This is not to tout the power of the press but to remind Americans of the vital role the media play in a democracy. If the media are to continue uncovering important stories they must have access to government records and public employers.
The care the government is giving some war veterans is shameful. With Walter Reed the flagship of Army care, imagine what takes place at less visible hospitals and rehabilitation facilities.
The administration, the Pentagon and Congress should have known of the deplorable conditions. Yet, it took the news media to get action because the Post let the public in on Washington's dirty secret.