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Scandal-Ridden Health Care Exec Gets A Clean Slate, Thanks To Corporate Media Amnesia

It's funny, isn't it? The members of the corporate media are so very brave these days - as long as they're talking about Democrats. But whenever the

It's funny, isn't it? The members of the corporate media are so very brave these days - as long as they're talking about Democrats. But whenever they're talking about Republicans, they're conveniently stricken with amnesia! I wonder why (*cough* corporate media *cough*)?

During a report on health-care legislation interest groups on the March 5 edition of CNN's The Situation Room, national political correspondent Jessica Yellin identified Conservatives for Patients' Rights (CPR) chairman Richard Scott as someone who "runs urgent-care clinics" and as the leader of "a media campaign to limit government's role in the health-care system," but did not note his prior position as CEO of a scandal-plagued hospital firm.

As Media Matters for America has repeatedly documented, a July 26, 1997, Los Angeles Times article reported that Scott resigned "as chairman of Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. amid a massive federal investigation into the Medicare billing, physician recruiting and home-care practices of the nation's largest for-profit health care company." According to a December 18, 2002, Justice Department press release describing a tentative settlement with HCA to resolve civil litigation, "When added to the prior civil and criminal settlements reached in 2000, this settlement would bring the government's total recoveries from HCA to approximately $1.7 billion."

Media Matters has previously noted that The Washington Post and Fox News correspondent Molly Henneberg have reported on Scott's role with CPR without noting his prior role with HCA, while Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer interviewed Scott without doing so.

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