Never forget there’s a fine line between reality, and what the media presents as reality.
Following Hillary’s “medical episode” on Sunday, her doctor revealed she’d been diagnosed with pneumonia two days prior. Why wasn’t this disclosed to the public when the diagnosis was given? Because Hillary didn’t want the public to know, as her campaign had previously dismissed any concerns over her health as mere conspiracies. If anyone needs a reminder, Hillary also fainted in 2012, giving her a concussion, and CNN reported on another fainting incident as far back as 2005. Even Hillary herself admitted last night such incidents have happened “a few times” before… that she can recall.
As it turns out, Hillary’s fainting episodes aren’t even rare; we just haven’t seen them happen publicly — and captured on video — before. We learned that not from the vast right-wing conspiracy, but from a man who has raised questions over Hillary’s health before: none other than her own husband, Bill Clinton. The following exchange occurred Monday on Charlie Rose’s show.
Bill Clinton addresses HRC's health on Charlie Rose pic.twitter.com/JvxbYhmwLE
— Liz Goodwin (@lizcgoodwin) September 12, 2016
Bill had actually said in the third paragraph, “because frequently—well not frequently, rarely,” but Liz conveniently left out Bill’s admission of “frequently.” And she was hardly the only alleged journalist who did so.
How did the rest of the media report on Bill’s comments? Selectively, of course. As Mediaite reported: When airing an interview with former president and would-be First Husband Bill Clinton, CBS News edited out a verbal slip that would have reflected poorly on his wife Hillary Clinton.Clinton sat down with Charlie Rose Monday afternoon in an interview that aired later that evening. As the Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross noticed, this is what the CBS News’s website reported Clinton said when asked about his wife’s recent health issues.
Asked if there was any chance her faintness on Sunday could be a sign of some more “serious” illness, Clinton said he did not believe that was the case. “Well if it is, it’s a mystery to me and all of her doctors,” he said, “because frequently—well not frequently, rarely—but on more than one occasion, over the last many, many years, the same sort of thing happened to her when she got severely dehydrated.”
The bolded section is of course a pretty embarrassing slip-up: Clinton was about to say that Hillary “frequently” faints or collapses, before correcting himself to say it rarely happened.
But when the segment aired, the bolded section was edited out, cutting to a reverse shot of Rose nodding to cover up the jump:
Again, the quote is edited to, “Well if it is, it’s a mystery to me and all of her doctors. Rarely—but on more than one occasion, over the last many, many years, the same sort of thing happened to her when she got severely dehydrated.”
Why not just honestly present what Bill said, then try to argue that he misspoke? Or maybe argue, it depends on what your definition of “frequently” is?
I suspect that’s in part because Bill only “misspoke” in that he accidentally told the truth.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]