Washington journalists should be proud. The rest of us, not so much.

White House spokesman Jay Carney admitted Monday that President Obama, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and other top officials learned about allegations that veterans may have died because administrators at the VA hospital in Phoenix were keeping phony appointment books to hide patient backlogs from news media reports.

"I will double-check if that's not the case, but that's when we learned about them," Carney said.

When asked about an official response from Obama himself, Carney said, "I'm sure you'll hear from him on this at some point soon."

This is becoming a disturbing trend. Careful observers may recall that on May 13, 2013, Obama revealed he first learned that the IRS had been targeting conservative groups when it was reported in the news.