VA Orders Review After Incident With WAMU Reporter
April 13, 2009 at 5:17 AM (PT)
AMERICAN UNIVERSITY noncommercial WAMU/WASHINGTON reporter DAVID SCHULTZ's audio recorder memory card has been returned after staffers at the VETERANS ADMINISTRATION hospital in WASHINGTON initially confiscated the card at a town hall meeting TUESDAY night.
The WASHINGTON POST reports that the VA is initiating a review of the controversy, in which DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS Public Affairs Officer GLORIA HAIRSTON and security guards took the card and contended that SCHULTZ had not identified himself as a reporter; SCHULTZ was interviewing a veteran who alleged poor treatment at the hospital when HAIRSTON intervened, and SCHULTZ said that HAIRSTON insisted that SCHULTZ and the veteran could not continue without signing consent forms and then brought security over to confiscate the reporter's equipment.
The card was returned FRIDAY night after WAMU aired reports on the incident.