Federal Eye: WAMU Airs Audio of VA Incident

Washington public radio station WAMU this morning aired audio of an exchange that took place last Tuesday night between one of its reporters and a VA Hospital public affairs officer that resulted in the confiscation of the reporter’s recording equipment.

Officials from Washington’s VA Medical Center on Friday returned the audio flash drive they had taken from WAMU reporter David Schultz, claiming he neither properly identified himself nor obtained the consent forms necessary before speaking with Army veteran Tommie Canady a VA advisory committee meeting.

The VA begins an internal “top to bottom” investigation of the incident today to see “what lessons can be learned from the experience,” according to VA spokeswoman Katie Roberts.

Listen to Schultz’s full report here and read the exchange after the jump.

Schultz starts his report by stating that he invited Canady out into the hallway to further discuss his situation.

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