Only one other story was covered by all three networks. It was the follow-up to last week's scandal at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. A Washington Post expose had revealed the squalid out-patient quarters housing disabled combat casualties and "the bureaucratic nightmare at Walter Reed for wounded warriors trying to get care," as ABC's David Kerley put it. Patients "have been told not to speak to reporters until they get the OK from superiors."
Now the hospital's commanding officer, Gen George Weightman, has been fired after only six months on the job. He will be replaced, for the time being, by Kevin Kiley, Surgeon General of the Army. CBS' David Martin observed that Kiley, the former commander of Walter Reed, had said that "he does not believe conditions in the building to be substandard." Unnamed sources at the Pentagon told NBC's Jim Miklaszewski that Kiley's appointment "upset" Defense Secretary Robert Gates: "Kiley could also get the ax."
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