Obama’s print media flacks have been busy as well. Predictably, left-wing outlets may have largely shied away from covering the prisoner swap, but when forced to address the controversy, they’ve tried their hardest to rationalize the president’s decision while blasting any criticism as ginned-up right-wing talking points.

The government-funded, obviously nonpartisan PBS NewsHour published an ingratiating piece by Larisa Epatko on Monday that extolled Bergdahl’s “loving family” and all the wonderful support that will help him “reintegrate” into society.

In the slightest of nods to what was already an exploding scandal over Bergdahl’s likely desertion and the dangerous Taliban released, Epatko referenced “the national dialogue triggered” by the trade.