WASHINGTON, September 14, 2016 — America’s dying news media are caught on the horns of a dilemma.
They keep telling anyone who still listens, views or reads their content that they are unbiased and fair in their reporting. But when Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton fainted while attempting to make a hasty retreat from a 9/11 ceremony at New York City’s Ground Zero, it wasn’t CNN, ABC, NBC or CBS who captured the moment.
It was regular attendees with handheld digital devices.
As the New York Times noted in Tuesday’s lead editorial, “Her [Clinton’s] doctor issued a statement saying Mrs. Clinton had been suffering from pneumonia—a diagnosis Mrs. Clinton had received two days earlier and which came as a surprise even to some members of her campaign team.”
Clinton not only concealed her medical condition from the American public, but from members of her campaign staff as well. Yet the Times’ editorial shamelessly states, “Mrs. Clinton has released more information about her health than Mr. Trump has about his.”
Clinton’s physician, Dr. Lisa Bardack, stated in writing that her patient was “in excellent physical condition and fit to serve as President of the United States.” Does anyone really believe that today?
Clinton went so far as to dismiss questions about her persistent cough as emanating from the vast, right-wing conspiracy, with members of her campaign team attacking the credibility of the few reporters who bothered to mention Clinton’s hacking and panting.
The Times editorial page on Tuesday also offered this bizarre op-ed by contributor Zeynep Tufekci:
Well before Mrs. Clinton fell ill and had to be assisted into a van on Sunday, former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani of New York, a supporter of Donald J. Trump, said on Fox News that the news media had failed to cover her health and that viewers should ‘go online and … take a look at the videos for yourself.’
The events of last weekend will not help Mrs. Clinton, who spent Monday at home and canceled a trip to California. Nor will they help the rest of us, stuck in this conspiracy election.
We know Clinton covered up her serious medical condition and then lied about it when symptoms began to manifest. We know she’s blamed the political right for formulating conspiracies concerning her health and fitness to serve as president. We know the mainstream media, following the Clinton campaign’s lead, used the health story as a foil to discredit the exclusive coverage on the issue by conservative media as conspiratorial.
After the truth was revealed and the conservative media were vindicated—with the mainstream media shown to be nothing more than a Democratic Party propaganda and smear machine—a Times’ op-ed piece continued to propagate the lie that Clinton’s declining health is a byproduct of dark conspiracies.
If we have learned anything from the presidential election of 2016, it’s that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was correct when he described America’s political journalists as “lying, disgusting people … among the most dishonest groups of people I’ve ever met.”
Hillary Clinton’s fainting spell last Sunday inadvertently unmasked a real conspiracy: the deplorables of the Clinton-media conspiracy.