CAN THE MEDIA BE TRUSTED TO TELL THE TRUTH?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Sep. 12, 2016) — On Sunday morning, Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton attended a memorial service in New York City marking the 15th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks which killed nearly 3,000 people in Manhattan; Shanksville, PA; and Washington, DC.
After approximately 90 minutes, Clinton apparently signaled that she felt ill and was escorted by aides to a location where she awaited for a few minutes for the arrival of a black campaign van.
Video shows that while a female assistant held Clinton’s left arm, when it was time to board the vehicle, Clinton appeared unable to ambulate, made two jerking movements as she stepped off the curb, then dipped toward the ground in what could have been her legs buckling under her for a physical reason or a fainting spell.
Several mainstream news sources reported that one of her shoes, a pair of heelless flats, fell off of her foot as she was placed inside the van by at least three aides. During the episode, a number of dark-suited men quickly gathered in front of the scene in such a way as to potentially block media cameras.
Clinton was reportedly not taken to a hospital or an ambulance called, but rather, she reportedly went to her daughter Chelsea’s apartment several blocks away to recover while her traveling press corps was unaware of her whereabouts.
Within minutes of her unexpected departure, Twitter was ablaze with the news that Clinton left the memorial service abruptly, appeared to stumble off the curb and then collapse or possibly faint as she was lifted into the black van assisted and surrounded by aides.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has stated publicly that he perceives that Clinton lacks the “stamina” to serve as president and commander-in-chief.
On Monday morning, Trump appeared by phone on the Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends” to say that he hoped Clinton “gets well soon” while also stating that he underwent a full physical examination last week and will be releasing “the numbers” as soon as they are made available to him.
Through last week, Clinton campaign staffers and surrogates have discounted Trump’s and others’ perceptions of her questionable health as “baloney.” However, after the medical episode Sunday morning, even normally sycophantic media such as The Washington Post and The New York Times were forced to admit that Clinton’s health is a valid concern as the presidential election looms on November 8.
Clinton reportedly went to her daughter Chelsea’s Manhattan apartment, after which she emerged onto the sidewalk outside assuring the public that she “felt great.” Clinton refused to answer questions shouted to her asking, “What happened?” and was wearing the same suit jacket in which she had become “overheated” at the 9/11 event.
On Sunday evening, CNN reported that according to Clinton’s internist, Dr. Lisa Bardack of Mt. Kisco, NY, Clinton was diagnosed with “pneumonia” on Friday. The newscaster read what she said was a statement from Bardack, who allegedly reported having examined Clinton at her Chappaqua home on Sunday afternoon and found her to have been “dehydrated and overheated.”
The Conservative Treehouse blog suggests that Bardack spent the day alongside Clinton. The question as to why Clinton was not taken to a hospital for rehydration remains an open one.
The “dehydrated” explanation was also given on February 1, 2005, when, as a U.S. Senator representing the state of New York, Clinton was to speak at a luncheon in Buffalo. Reportedly not feeling well, Clinton said that she would speak while sitting, but when the microphone was positioned in front of her, she said she felt “warm” and removed her jacket in private. “Upon her return, at about 12:15 p.m., the senator fainted as her staff placed the microphone in front of her,” the organizer of the event was quoted as having said.
A similar narrative was provided to the public in December 2012 when Clinton fell, either at home or at the State Department, hit her head, and reportedly suffered a concussion, after which doctors at New York Presbyterian Hospital found a blood clot (thrombosis) in her brain.
According to CNN on Sunday evening, Bardack found that Clinton “had follow-up testing in 2013, which revealed complete resolution of the effects of the concussion as well as total dissolution of the thrombosis. Mrs. Clinton also tested negative for all clotting disorders.” The report issued by Bardack containing that language was dated July 28, 2015.
Whether or not Clinton has been under the care of a neurologist or neurophysiologist since that time does not appear to have been made public. On Sunday night, former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw opined that Clinton should “go to a hospital and see a neurologist.”
On Friday evening, Clinton addressed a group of approximately 1,000 donors at a specifically-LGBT fundraiser at which she labeled half of Trump’s supporters “a basket of deplorables.” From the available video, she was not noted to have a cough or experience weakness or “overheating.”
Clinton was roundly criticized for her characterization of Trump supporters and on Saturday said she “regretted” the way in which she expressed herself the evening before.
Last Monday, Clinton was noted to have had two coughing fits while campaigning, one of which showed her running-mate, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, sitting in back of her as she struggled unsuccessfully for at least two minutes to regain her speaking voice despite an abundant supply of water. Later on her campaign airplane, Clinton was forced to walk away from media cameras as coughing overtook her once again.
On Sunday morning, Clinton’s hair was not done as usual, and to some she looked unwell early on. Speculation on the internet has abounded, at least in part bolstered by a retired anesthesiologist’s statements on video, that Clinton actually suffers from Parkinson’s disease.
While a statement attributed to Bardack reported by CNN assures the public that Clinton is capable of serving as president, her purported medical assessment was dated March 21, 2015 and deemed to be Clinton’s most recent complete physical examination.
Dr. David Andrew Pinsky, a radio host who contended on August 17 that Clinton’s health and level of “medical care” were of concern to him, was soon thereafter told that his radio engagement will end on September 22, according to The Washington Post. Similarly, former Obama speech writer Jon Favreau ridiculed an NBC news journalist for bringing attention to Clinton’s coughing episodes last week, asking, “Is there anyone… who’s willing to defend this story?”
On Sunday evening, Jennifer Griffin, who was assigned to cover the Clinton campaign by Fox News, arguably appeared convinced of the statement issued by the Clinton campaign that Clinton had been diagnosed with pneumonia, but it was unclear if Fox had investigated the report independently. While Griffin characterized Clinton’s campaign schedule as demanding, The New York Times on Sunday reported:
Mrs. Clinton emerged last week from an August mostly focused on private fund-raisers with campaign events in Ohio, Illinois, Florida, North Carolina and Missouri. On Wednesday, she participated in an NBC forum on national security, and on Friday she attended a Manhattan fund-raiser where she characterized half of Mr. Trump’s supporters as a “basket of deplorables.”
Griffin did, however, say that various Internet rumors and “conspiracy theories” had been “debunked” by their news team, including one in which a close Clinton aide was thought to have been carrying a medical injection pen with Diazepam purportedly to treat Clinton if an emergency arose.
On Sunday night, ABC News produced an uncharacteristically critical article laced with editorial about the Clinton campaign’s level of “transparency,” reporting that “Within moments of the episode itself, the campaign went into a vaguely familiar lockdown mode. When word did emerge from the campaign, the official account was that Clinton felt overheated at a 9/11 remembrance event and was feeling ‘much better’ — a story that seemed incomplete, based on video evidence that quickly surfaced.”
Anyone expressing doubts prior to Sunday about Clinton’s health has been ridiculed as a “conspiracy theorist.” On Sunday night, The Huffington Post lectured its readers that the media’s focusing on Clinton’s 9/11 medical episode was “its lowest moment.”
Clinton has canceled a planned trip to California but will appear by video-link.
As of press time, the DNC has not published anything regarding Clinton’s health, although several sources, including Fox News on Monday morning, reported that the DNC is considering an emergency meeting to discuss next steps. Some sources cited tweets issued by former MSNBC reporter David Shuster, with whom Clinton has taken issue in the past.
One of Shuster’s tweets on Sunday night reads:
While some responding to Shuster’s tweets appeared angry at him, others expressed that he is a responsible journalist. The Post & Email has not been able to ascertain with which media company Shuster is presently affiliated.
On June 12, 2008, after credible reports surfaced that Barack Hussein Obama was born in Kenya or Indonesia and might therefore not qualify as a “natural born Citizen” as required by Article II of the U.S. Constitution to serve as president, an image appeared at The Daily KOS and other websites purported to be Obama’s Certification of Life Birth (COLB) from the state of Hawaii. Contradictory statements as to its authenticity were shortly thereafter attributed to Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) Communications Director Janice Okubo.
Those doubting Obama’s nativity and constitutional eligibility were deemed “conspiracy theorists” and ridiculed, threatened, ostracized, harassed online, by phone, and through the U.S. Postal Service, and pejoratively termed “birthers.”
On August 24, CNN published an article titled, “The new birthers: Debunking the Hillary Clinton health conspiracy.”
Early in 2011, Trump, who was weighing whether or not to seek the White House in 2012, made public his concerns that Obama was not born in Hawaii, as he claims, and demanded that the White House release Obama’s “long-form” birth certificate containing more details than the COLB.
After several months of public attention focused on the issue, the White House released what it said was a scan of a certified copy of Obama’s long-form birth certificate from the HDOH, after which Obama gave a short impromptu press conference stating that “more information” had been released “about the place of my birth.”
No hospital in Hawaii or anywhere in the world has claimed to be Obama’s place of birth, and several versions of his purported life story have appeared in mainstream publications beginning in 1990 without explanation.
Following a six-month probe, the Maricopa County Cold Case Posse gave a March 1, 2012 press conference revealing that investigators had found the long-form birth certificate image posted at whitehouse.gov to be a “computer-generated forgery.” Also scrutinized during that time was Obama’s purported Selective Service registration form and it, too, was found to be fraudulent.
The media failed to investigate the claims and has recently visibly resurrected the “birther” issue as a weapon against Trump’s candidacy. Trump’s new campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, and other surrogates have responded by saying that Trump now believes that Obama was born in the United States. For his part, however, Trump has been silent on the issue.
Clinton, too, has denigrated Trump for having questioned whether or not Obama is an American citizen while failing to divulge that her 2007 chief strategist, Mark Penn, considered using Obama’s alleged “lack of American roots” as a reason to convince primary voters to support her over Obama.
Since Obama took office in 2009, millions of Americans have wondered why he has offered obeisance to foreign leaders, denigrated Americans as “lazy” and other adjectives while speaking overseas, apologized for what he perceives to be America’s faults and errors, and imported an unprecedented number of Middle Eastern “refugees,” nearly all of whom are Muslim and not Christian.
In November 2013, when it looked as if a third press conference on the investigation might be imminent, Cold Case Posse lead investigator Mike Zullo stated that the information the group had gathered at that time was “got-wrenching.”
Ironically, Hillary and her husband, former Pres. Bill Clinton, has been termed “the first birthers.”
“Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.” — George Washington
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.