Accuracy in Media

NBC’s Andrea Mitchell said Monday on the Today show that the secrecy surrounding Hillary Clinton’s diagnosis of pneumonia has made the issue of her health a much bigger issue than it previously was.

Clinton was forced to leave a September 11 memorial event in New York City after becoming “overheated,” according to her campaign. Video footage shows Clinton nearly fainting as she was being helped into a van with her feet dragging on the ground. Mitchell said:

“There’s never a good time for a candidate to get sick in the middle of a campaign, of course, but the way Clinton has handled this has likely made it a lot worse, especially since Donald Trump has been trying to make such a big issue out of her health.”

Mitchell said that reporters didn’t know the whereabouts of Clinton, nor what had happened, until the campaign issued a statement 90 minutes after she had left the event.

It was later revealed that Clinton’s doctor, Lisa Bardack, had diagnosed her with pneumonia on Friday, something that hadn’t been previously disclosed, raising questions in the media about her health.

The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza, who just six days ago had penned a column entitled “Can we just stop talking about Hillary Clinton’s health now?,” wrote a new column yesterday that carried the headline, “Hillary Clinton’s health just became a real issue in the presidential campaign,” in which he said that taking Team Clinton’s word for it on her health is no longer good enough.

Up until now the liberal media had dismissed concerns about Clinton’s health as nothing more than right-wing conspiracy theories, but the “overheating”—along with her coughing spell last week—has now made this a major campaign issue and a real problem for Clinton, at least until she releases a more complete record of her medical history.

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