CNN’s Drew Griffin: Missing Plane Coverage Bought Us Time for VA Story

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GriffinCNN correspondent Drew Griffin tells POLITICO that his network’s wall-to-wall coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 gave his investigative team more time to do the legwork on alleged misconduct at a Phoenix VA Hospital that left dozens of veterans dead waiting for care.

“Quite frankly, the plane coverage bought us some of that time, so that in April when we finally had it, I mean we didn’t sit on it very long … we were all over it,” said CNN Senior Investigative Reporter Drew Griffin of the Veterans Affairs report. “Once there was a news hole opening we were ready to go.”

Yesterday, Griffin told Jake Tapper he was caught off guard by President Obama’s statement on the VA controversy, sensing a disconnect between what he’s seeing and hearing in the country and what the president was talking about.