WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2016 — CNN recently ended its association with T.V. and radio personality Dr. Drew Pinsky after he dismissed a letter from Hillary Clinton’s long-time physician claiming the Democratic presidential nominee is in “excellent physical condition” to serve as the nation’s chief executive.
You may recall that while testifying before the House Select Committee on Benghazi last October, Mrs. Clinton wore glasses with Fresnel prisms to correct double vision, not from anger at having to explain her lies about an anti-Islamic video being responsible for the attack on our Libyan consulate, but as a result of hitting her head in a fall in 2012.
During a morning interview on Los Angeles radio station KABC, Pinsky questioned the diagnosis of Hillary’s physician, “When she hit her head, she had to wear these prism glasses when she came out. That is brain damage, and it’s affecting her balance. Now, clearly, it hasn’t affected her cognition, but tell us a little more about that. That’s profound.”
Pinsky’s concern is justified in light of Friday’s release of a 58-page report by the FBI concerning its investigation into Clinton’s storing of top-secret government information on her home computer server:
“In December of 2012,” reads a passage, “Clinton suffered a concussion and then around the New Year had a blood clot (in her head). Based on her doctor’s advice, she could only work at State for a few hours a day and could not recall every briefing she received.”
Even before the FBI’s pre-Labor Day document dump, Trump tweeted, “I think that both candidates, Crooked Hillary and myself, should release detailed medical records. I have no problem in doing so. Hillary?”
While acknowledging Clinton’s refusal to release her medical records in his New York Times column, Frank Bruni joked that Clinton is trying to hide the fact she possesses an extra toe.
“Not everyone in the Clinton Conspiracy Industry agrees that this is a matter to be pressed as forcefully as others. They say it jumbles together issues of vastly discrepant seriousness: her emails, the Clinton Foundation, Benghazi, Birkenstocks. They say it turns each assertion of scandal into more white noise.”
His column was a contribution to the media’s protective, pro-Clinton “white noise.”
Comedian Jimmy Kimmel added to the frivolity by tasking Clinton with opening a pickle jar for his late-night audience.
CNN’s Gregory Krieg addressed Trump’s assertion that Clinton is “actually not strong enough to be president” by employing the familiar Clinton counterpunch. “As Donald Trump and his allies attempt to raise dubious questions over Hillary Clinton’s health, the Republican nominee has invited new scrutiny into his own medical history,” wrote Krieg.
It’s therefore not unreasonable to conclude that FBI Director James Comey took Hillary Clinton’s claim of mental impairment as a mitigating circumstance in his recommendation that the Justice Department take no legal action against the former First Lady, Senator, Secretary of State and rigged presidential candidate.
So it’s more than a little ironic the media chalks up talk of Hillary Clinton’s diminished mental capacity to the “vast right-wing conspiracy” when it is clear Clinton herself made the claim – to federal agents, no less.
A fact the poor diminished former Secretary of State clearly dear does not remember.