Secretary of VA David Shulkin Provides Update Via Daily Press Briefing – Most Corporate Media Boycott Briefing…

Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin delivered a press briefing earlier today providing an update on ongoing VA reform and answering questions.

As you can see from the empty seats and the journalists that were absent, most of the corporate media White House correspondents chose not to attend. Clear evidence of the MSM’s need to “create news” via the daily press briefing:

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80 Responses to Secretary of VA David Shulkin Provides Update Via Daily Press Briefing – Most Corporate Media Boycott Briefing…

  1. fleporeblog says:

    Why the hell would our veterans matter in their eyes! A recent poll had 98 percent of Republican veterans are happy with the job our President is doing! That is the last thing in the world they want you to hear!

    Liked by 39 people

  2. Watcher says:

    I’ll take my ball and go home!….coordinated

    Liked by 5 people

  3. peachteachr says:

    I called my senator’s office this morning. The VA head that Pres. Trump fired on Inauguration day has quietly been reinstated because of union rules. Sen. Isakson, 202.224.3643, is Chairman of the Veterans Affair Committee. His polite worker told me that he had a bill to make it easier to fire workers come out of committee recently. I asked if the Senate would vote on it this year since they will only be working 43 more days this year.
    We all know the answer. He’ll come home to Georgia and campaign on a committee vote that probably never see the light of day on the Senate floor.

    Liked by 12 people

    • nuthinmuffin says:

      abolish public employee unions…fat, lazy, over paid underworked

      Liked by 21 people

      • Cee says:

        Unfortunately, many Federal Directors/Supervisors are corrupt, abusive and lack the necessary intelligence to lead others. They would never be hired in the real world. Some employees have no choice but to join a union to protect themselves.

        Other employees use the union system by filing lawsuits for discrimination, which means they can earn large amounts of cash.

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        • G. Combs says:

          “Unfortunately, many Federal Directors/Supervisors are corrupt, abusive and lack the necessary intelligence to lead others. “

          Boy is that ever the truth! Worse boss I ever had was a chemist who retired from the Federal government. He was so busy playing office politics he was DELIBERATELY sabotaging marketing and sales while blaming all the problems he was creating on me. Little did he know that I was slipping the analysis I did on the sly to the VP of Marketing. When the final show-down came it was his rump that got kicked out the door and not mine.

          I have seen nothing since to make me believe he is not typical of government employees.

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      • G. Combs says:

        “abolish public employee unions…”

        Actually it would be easy for Trump to do. Abolish Kennedy’s 55 year old Executive Order 10988 that establishes Public Emploees Unions.

        “the basic premise: “Whereas participation of employees in the formulation and implementation of personnel policies affecting them contributes to effective conduct of public business. . . .” — Washington Post — 50 years ago, Kennedy’s order empowered federal unions By Joe Davidson January 19, 2012

        Well Joe we now know that is a flat out lie. Public Employees Unions effective promotes Corruption, Communism and just plain laziness.

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        • You are so right on that one G. Combs.

          No one who is paid by the taxpayers should be allowed to unionize.

          When it come time to negotiate for benefits and salaries, the taxpayers do not have anyone speaking for them at the table.

          The unions always, and I mean ALWAYS, get what they want.

          We taxpayers never ever get a say in the play.

          And I for one am very, very tired of the game.

          Teachers, police, firefighters, federal workers, city trash haulers you name it I have had enough of their constant whining and demanding.

          I do hope pres Trump will think about doing away with the public union fiasco.


    • redlegleader68 says:

      I’m with ya Peach. Ole Johnnie needed to stay at Northside Realty and NOT do this. I don’t even know if he knows what day it is now. He is completely GOPe, go-along-to-get-along retiree. But, those are the good points! /s

      Liked by 1 person

    • Lucille says:

      Corruption in Puerto Rico is rife, top to bottom, in all segments of society and government. We bailed them out, remember.


  4. bitterlyclinging says:

    The Corporate Media is still enamored with the American president who tried to fill, 24/7/365, every foxhole with a Bradley Manning or Bowe Bergdahl.
    No use for whatever a Trump VA Head has to say.

    Liked by 10 people

  5. Sylvia Avery says:

    I’m not sure I quite understand what is in play here. The big shot media chose not to attend the briefing because it wasn’t a “regular” briefing with Sean that they could ask the very same muh Russian questions that they asked yesterday and the day before that and the day before that. Is that correct? If so these people are even more foul than I thought, and that friends is pretty amazingly low.

    Liked by 17 people

    • Deb says:

      They don’t care about real news. All they want to do is manufacture fake news that will hurt PDJT. So they will ignore any legitimate accomplishments.

      Liked by 15 people

    • Oldschool says:

      Until Sean refers Russia questions to Mueller we are stuck in this spin cycle. Up to administration communications team to come up with an offensive playbook.

      Liked by 6 people

    • woohoowee says:

      They don’t want their readers/viewers to be well informed, know the truth or to be happy. Keep them in the dark and upset/depressed. Whatever it takes to accomplish their agenda. That tells you how foul their agenda is.

      Liked by 2 people

    • shallbe4 says:

      I hope Trump gets rid of the daily briefings. Who needs a mob to ask the same questions everyday when they hate the answers and trash the Press Secretary?

      Liked by 5 people

    • LCSmom says:

      They should have someone from the cabinet do this every day. Let them boycott enough that it isn’t worth doing then anymore. No more live press briefings – problem solved.

      Liked by 2 people

    • whoseyore says:

      The guy in the back still worked in a climate change question and wasn’t Shulkin concerned about the effect of climate change on Veterans. These folks are bizarre!

      Liked by 5 people

  6. KBR says:

    Sean should give his briefing, then read Secretary Shulkin’s, then walk out.

    Liked by 7 people

    • I liked the way Sean read the synopsis of President Trump’s recent trip, then (Pretty much)blew off the reporters who persisted with “muh Russia” questions and wrapped up quickly.

      Liked by 15 people

      • shallbe4 says:

        The poor little sun flowers were booing Sean when they left the room. The Secy of State should come out once every two weeks to update the media and if they don’t like it let them continue to make up their own news. Probably will not be as much fun when they can’t treat The Press Secretary like garbage. But you win some and lose some.

        Liked by 1 person

    • Oldschool says:

      Yep. Agree KBR. Offense only. Never liked prevent D. opponents always score.

      Liked by 2 people

    • deanbrh says:

      I’m wondering why President Trump doesn’t do what he does every day anyway, a written report on his activities the day before. Enough is enough.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Shark24 says:

    For FY2014, the VA budget was 152.7 billion dollars. There are around 21.8 million veterans living now. That works out to over $7000 per veteran per year if EVERY veteran was provided health care from the VA (5.9 million patients were seen in 2013 for instance). I know this is a bit simplistic but I believe it points out that management not money is the issue that needs to be addressed but what else is new when it comes to a government run program.

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    • Linda says:

      Keep in mind, though, that the majority of veterans don’t even qualify for VA health care. If you don’t have a service connected disability, then you have to be low income. So the number of veterans that can use it is smaller than you think.

      Liked by 1 person

      • mtkennedy21 says:

        Some depends on volume. A physician friend of mine used to get his primary care at the VA in Santa Barbara which has few vets. Low income goes ahead unless there is not much low income.


      • Shark24 says:

        Yeah I know as I am one of those vets that do not qualify for the VA. Since I am blessed with my work and health, I have absolutely no qualms. I just want those that need it to get excellent care which is not the case right now.

        Liked by 1 person

      • oldarmyblog says:

        Anyone who served is eligible for VA medical care. Not everyone of those is eligible for free care. You will have to pay if your income/assets are over a certain amount. You may even have to pay if your disability rating isn’t high enough. I get my care by a combination of the VA and Medicare. I have been getting my primary care with the VA but am thinking about going elsewhere. I made an appointment the other day to see my primary care doctor. It will be eight weeks and I don’t know who I will be seeing. This will be the 4th doctor in eight years. You don’t get to pick your doctor, but are assigned one. This is what a one payer system will look like.


  8. Uncle Max says:

    O/T… I’ll put this here b/c I cannot stand looking at that beheading picture ( I’d be fine with blurring it please … I find it quite repulsive )

    But with the President’s reaction today on twitter and the first lady’s, I’d say a LOT of folks that viewed the Trumps as others… today are trying imagining their 11 year old seeing that kind of thing of their parent. The feared “normalizing” of Trump just happened to a lot of families with kids…. unless they are dead-hearted political agenda diehards… but they’ll find a hard time joking about it without offending normal folk.

    Liked by 15 people

  9. SR says:

    I can not wait Russian, Flynn, back channel, some kind of relationship between VA and Russia question from fake MSM.

    Liked by 3 people

  10. Kristin says:

    This is a good thing the media not being there. I would take out all unoccupied seats for futures press briefings.

    Liked by 10 people

    • unconqueredone says:

      I like it- make them stand and only the exact person who occupied the seat in the priory presser is allowed to use the seat that is there.

      Liked by 1 person

  11. erinsmemole says:

    Sean should come in when it’s over, lock the doors, and answer questions for those there. Screw the rest of them.

    Liked by 8 people

  12. Bob Thoms says:

    They (media) domn’t want any news that will push their Russian collsuion fake news off the headline or tv lead in.

    These people are truly dispicible.

    Was Fox News there? They make a big deal out (money) off their pro-military position……they should be there in spades.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Bee says:

      That’s who John Roberts works for. Front row, second seat in from the right. He got the first question and it was about trying to make sure bad employees can be fired and STAY fired.

      Liked by 9 people

  13. Joe Blow says:

    Yet another reason the DPBs need to end. Cut off the druggies’ fix & watch them spiral out of control even faster.

    Liked by 3 people

  14. AmericaFirst says:

    If it does not look like an opportunity to find a way to smear our President then why would they want to attend? Not only does it not interest them, it probably does not interest their readers.

    And they object to the label “Fake News.”

    Liked by 3 people

  15. paulraven1 says:

    They don’t care about America, our values, our veterans, any of the truths and traditions that sustain all of us. They don’t even care about the Constitutional pillars of their own profession. They care only about fulfilling their exalted social mission of destroying Trump and the anti-humanistic, sub-human conservatives. Each of them wants to be the hero that takes down Trump. That’s it. We need to understand that journalism does not exist, or that it exists only as a beard, a cover, for an anti-American totalitarian movement.

    Liked by 7 people

    • “We need to understand that journalism does not exist, or that it exists only as a beard, a cover, for an anti-American totalitarian feudalism movement.”


      Liked by 2 people

    • shallbe4 says:

      Before WW11 reporters earned $25.00 a week if they were lucky. They were grateful for the job and sources were the name of the game. Now they sit in a room and laugh at those who work hard. Get rid of them all. They are not even worth speaking to.

      Liked by 1 person

  16. catluver99 says:

    By so many not attending, it seems the press have proven the point that the briefings are not necessary. Who are we to disagree?

    Granted, I did enjoy watching the press get slapped back but for a while. I’m getting tired of it since all the questions relate to Russia. Unless Sean wants to walk in and just say Russia about 50 times and walk out just to show them how ridiculous they really are.

    Liked by 8 people

    • Katherine McCoun says:

      and yet they still managed to ask him how the Controversies surrounding the White House were affecting him and the VA’s ability to do their job. Sad that they are so woefully under prepared that they can only ask about a few topics. More the gossip of the day than news of the day

      Liked by 1 person

  17. snaggletooths says:

    Get to work Congress amazing the waste that has happened in the VA 400 vacant buildings that admin after admin pays for with our monies.

    Liked by 4 people

  18. Iam An American says:

    Let the MSM assemble tomorrow for daily briefing. Sean Spicer should step out of his office to let them know that daily briefing is cancelled. He should do the same every day next week (no advance notification please)

    Liked by 3 people

    • shallbe4 says:

      I love it. Best thing that could happen to these arrogant nobodies. However, what if we throw this mob out and continue the briefings with the Internet Media and Newsmax? At least we would get our news without these foolish frauds making faces at those who work hard and play by the rules.


  19. floridahoosier93 says:

    Cancel the so called Press Briefings.

    Liked by 5 people

  20. M33 says:

    I imagine it was wayyyyy less whiney in there then.


  21. Question Everything says:

    If they chose not to attend and I were in charge they would choose not to attend any future briefings as well.


  22. SharkFL says:

    Journolist is alive and well. We need to find, infiltrate and expose this media network of groupthink and malevolent coordination of coverage.

    Liked by 1 person

  23. Landslide says:

    Just another item to add to the 2018 TV ads—-liberals don’t care about REAL issues.

    Liked by 2 people

  24. Jlwary says:

    My email to Fox News:


    I watch Fox News throughout the day and I was very surprised that you did not cover Secretary Shulkin’s press briefing live. It was stated on air that a summary would be provided “because it would go on for 25 minutes.” I don’t understand why you didn’t cover it. Perhaps there is good reason for it, but I was disappointed and wanted to share this feedback with you. What Fox does as a news station is very superior to other MSM in its balanced opinions and I want Fox to succeed for the benefit of all American viewers. I have been tuning in all day to Fox, except when I exited and went to YouTube to watch the briefing live. Perhaps I missed the summary, but I have yet to hear about it since then.

    One of America’s largest failures and disservices is the way the VA has become so terrible to our veterans. As much attention as possible must be placed on this issue so that viewers can help do their part! A large theme that Shulkin emphasized was the need for Congress to address appropriate legislation to speed up the process. It would have been helpful for the Fox audience to hear that and call their representatives.

    I’ll withhold my judgement throughout prime time today, as I have rationalized– in efforts to give the benefit of the doubt– that Fox may have needed time to prepare their segments. I’ll also add John Roberts asked some good questions within the briefing, but in his latest update with Jenna Lee, he didn’t address it and he wasn’t asked about it.

    After a great Memorial Day weekend and the amazing coverage provided by Fox, I was surprised and disappointed today.



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  25. In AZ says:

    The mainstream Commie press not showing up to hear Mr. Shulkin is a very good reason to stop White House press briefings

    Liked by 2 people

  26. Pam says:

    It’s such a disgrace to our veterans and our men and women currently in uniform that we can’t fire these incompetent people permanently. Congress needs to take up this issue immediately upon their return to DC next week!

    Liked by 2 people

  27. Jlwary says:

    They should be Americans’ press briefings, not the press. They should stream the prepared statements live and answer a few submitted questions from a variety of news sources.


  28. Pam says:

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  29. Dreadboi says:

    Should have each Dept head do the daily press briefings on any given day with Spicer only given a quick news update of the days important events and news nuggets,since they won’t/don’t show up for these types of press briefings..

    Liked by 2 people

  30. Pam says:

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  31. Jlwary says:

    I cannot believe that Fox has yet to mention this briefing! I am so confused why they aren’t…


  32. Jlwary says:

    Fox does have an article though.
    VA in ‘critical condition,’ but showing signs of improvement, says Shulkin


  33. recoverydotgod says:

    …they should schedule WHCA dinners everyday…that’s what they are useful for.


  34. Katherine McCoun says:

    Here are some of my quick notes in case you don’t have time to watch it.
    ****Q: there has been controversies surrounding the White House. has that impacted your/the VA’s ability to do your job?
    A: no, not at all. White House has been very responsive.

    Only 1 area of VA improvement needs more money to fix and that is the IT systems. Most everything else needs to be fix via management practices, etc.

    Q: Medical Pot – what is the VA position as many vets want it.
    A: we will implement law, if there is compelling evidence we will implement that. As a physician I see that there may some effectiveness

    ****Q: Climate change: is it a dire threat to your mission? are you upset about POTUS withdrawing from the Paris Agreement?
    A: we look at chemicals and conditions from the battle field and beyond that it is outside of our scope.
    Reporter continues to press for climate change comments and failed to get it.

    On closing facilities there are many that are not beneficial to our vets and not being utilized or are duplicate.

    When resources are being “cut” they are not being cut from overall vet benefits or programs. They are being reallotted to different programs that are working better.

    Asked about suicide of vets
    Paraphrased answer: 6 of 20 of the vets that commit suicide daily are outside of the VA care. Some of these are vets without honorable discharge. 10-15% leave the service without benefits due to less than honorable discharge. He is offering even these “vets” emergency care. Homeless, not have good access due to extenuating circumstances. Budget increase for getting homeless vets off the streets. Also, those likely to commit suicide are depressed/withdrawn and not likely to reach out for help. This is a big focus with increase with 24 hour help lines, etc.

    ****The reporters were out of their shallow end of the pool and have no depth to ask substantial questions. All they can do is look for gotcha questions or fabricated drama about conflict or chaos within the administration. Both of these questions show what a 1 trick pony the corp media employees are (for the most part) and how little background they have on the issues.

    They are shallow, gossips who focus on what is trending on twitter and what is “hot” and faddish in pop culture v. being versed on the issues, have depth of background and knowledge and context. Sad and pathetic. So shallow. short attention spans.

    They may have learned “journalism” but did they learn critical thinking, history, public policy or civics in school? What is journalism in college these days?

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    • Daniel says:

      Nice summary. Though I’m honorably discharged, I know all too well how some get discharged under less than honorable conditions for reasons NOT the servicemember’s fault. I can tell you my story but I don’t want to get into details beyond the fact that when it was time for me to get out, a medical officer was quick to take control of my service record so that things wouldn’t be changed which may not have qualified me for honorable. Some in the chain of command have a propensity to do some pretty evil things to exiting service members.

      So I like that even other than honorably discharged vets can get care.

      Some vets have a very hard time for a wide range of reasons. Military service is stressful on marriages and families which is a HUGE problem but can’t really be helped in a way — it’s the nature of service. (Best to go in and come out single.. so many tragic stories.. I have some of my own) Military service culture needs to address some of these concerns for sure — as many enter service before they are even mentally or emotionally mature enough (no thanks to public schools, colleges and universities). The service doesn’t do much to really fix that too well. Societal problems and service problems become a mix of problems which are absolutely toxic. I could go on and on about this… we need more scouting for young boys. We need more J/ROTC in schools and BOTH need to be very cool to do again. So many things need fixin’…


  35. Daniel says:

    As a veteran who has been completely unwilling to visit a VA facility, I am now willing to put my benefits to the test.. pending a review of the status of improvements at my local facility of course.

    I liked everything I heard in this otherwise BORING and sleep-inducing press briefing. All the hostile riff-raff deciding not to attend is a WELCOME change. It was strangely dignified which is a welcome change.

    The problems of the VA are both simple and disgusting. We know why things got the way they are — the culture has been deeply corrupted for a very long time. To run government as an efficient business was the dream I had when Ross Perot ran for office. He would have stopped NAFTA. I think he would have been a terrific president. Now we have President Trump and I expect we’re going to see AMAZING THINGS happen which nobody else will even notice until he has expired his two term limit when things start creeping back into their old form.

    I sincerely hope in that time we elect legislators who will enact laws which require government to report and act more properly and more efficiently. Government is NOT a frikken piggy bank.

    Liked by 3 people

  36. whoseyore says:

    The Main Street Media don’t come to the Briefing Room every day for news. They make their own news up. They come to beat a dead horse.

    Liked by 1 person

  37. chbailey says:

    Good Steward Sec of the VA!


  38. Pam says:

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  39. Rainy says:

    Was it the VA that couldn’t account for 6 billion dollars? Either way what mismanagement!!
    Everything old and outdated. Thanks Obama thanks for giving everyone including countries that support terrorism, (Iran) our hard earned money!!!! How pathetically sad.
    And this guy, I don’t know he sound like a lot of talk, a typical politician. Time will tell I hope he’s capable and sincere.

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  40. wondering999 says:

    While this briefing wasn’t “exciting”, it was filled with interesting details. Anyplace where you’ve worked, you have probably noted the things that work and the things that don’t — Shulkin’s comments are specific.

    This ought to be reposted more widely because this is government healthcare; even Berners should care about how government provides healthcare! This briefing has the details of where specific problems lie. Very good, I’m glad i watched it and wish more people would, especially if they want govt healthcare systems


  41. JEM says:

    Sundance thanks so much for this post!
    David Shulkin really seems to be into his job! I came away with so much more understanding.
    Now, I want to contact my senator and representative and ask them about what they are doing to help David Shulkin with what he needs from congress.


  42. Bree says:

    I feel our vets are in much better hands now. As time goes by the improvements will be amazing. Real l y want to see the vets get more help to avoid those suicides. Their lives matter so much to us. All of them.


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