Accuracy in Media

In an interview with CBS This Morning anchor Charlie Rose, Bill Clinton inadvertently revealed that Hillary Clinton has had frequent fainting spells in the past. “Well, if it is, then it’s a mystery to me and all of her doctors,” Bill Clinton said. He added:

“Frequently—well, not frequently, rarely, on more than one occasion, over the last many, many years, the same sort of thing’s happened to her when she got severely dehydrated, and she’s worked like a demon, as you know, as secretary of State, as a senator and in the year since.”

That’s a pretty big admission and insight on Hillary’s health, and may have been a little too much for CBS Evening News honchos, as the interview was edited to exclude the “frequently” remark, making it seem that this hasn’t been a problem for Hillary Clinton in the past.

After a spate of news reports on the edit appeared on the Internet, CBS News responded that the interview was edited “purely for time.”

“The clip in question from former President Clinton’s interview with Charlie Rose ran in its entirety on CBS THIS MORNING, and on CBSN, CBS News’ 24/7 digital streaming news service. One clip that ran on CBS Evening News was edited purely for time while on deadline for the live broadcast.”

While it’s common practice for nightly news interviews to be edited for time, The Hill reported that the edited words amounted to 1.9 seconds—not exactly something that should have made a difference in a 22-minute news broadcast.

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