Accuracy in Media

CNN editor-in-chief Chris Cillizza pushed a story questioning President Donald Trump’s health after Trump delicately walked down a ramp following a speech he gave at West Point.

But Cillizza has criticized health scare stories before – in 2016, when conservatives publicly questioned then-candidate Hillary Clinton’s health in the 2016 campaign cycle.

The cable news network headlined the Trump-West Point ramp story, “Why the Donald Trump-West Point ramp story actually matters.” Cillizza criticized Trump for creating the story after Trump responded on Twitter about how the ramp was wet.

Cillizza speculated about Trump’s health because Trump’s “medical past is a total mystery.”

The CNN editor also claimed that Americans “know less about Trump’s medical history than any previous modern-day president.” Cillizza wrote that Trump often makes his opponents’ health a major issue, such as Hillary Clinton’s medical episode in 2016 and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s on-air gaffes and stuttering.

The Washington Post headlined Cillizza’s defense of Clinton’s health, “Can we just stop talking about Hillary Clinton’s health now?” Cillizza blasted Drudge Report, a prominent news aggregation website, for its headline speculating about Clinton’s health due to a coughing fit at an Ohio rally on Labor Day. He said that speculation about Clinton’s health was “a totally ridiculous issue – for lots of reasons.” Cillizza cited a letter from Clinton’s personal physician attesting to her good health.

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