Accuracy in Media

Acknowledging that there is no requirement to submit health records when running for the presidency, The New York Times is calling for full disclosure of both Hillary Clinton’s and Donald Trump’s health records:

“What brings the health issue to mind, of course, is the video of a stumbling Mrs. Clinton being hustled away from the 9/11 memorial service in New York on Sunday. She reappeared some two hours later to say she felt great. Hours later, her 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.

Mrs. Clinton had coughed her way through multiple appearances last week, insisting it was nothing more than ‘allergies,’ while her campaign pushed back on reporters who noted her coughing, telling one to ‘get a life.’

Mrs. Clinton has released more information about her health than Mr. Trump has about his. Mr. Trump’s evaluation consists largely of a terse and bizarre report written by Dr. Harold Bornstein, his gastroenterologist, who, after a brief examination, said that if elected Mr. Trump, a self-professed fast-food addict, ‘will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.’ Mrs. Clinton’s record, consisting mainly of a letter written by her personal physician, Dr. Lisa Bardack, on July 28, 2015, is more than a year old and, while acknowledging her problem with blood clots, could use some updating.”

Clinton’s latest health episode has been criticized by Democrats who are concerned that her her desire for privacy only reinforces the narrative that she is hiding something, and thereby making matters worse by not being as transparent as she claims to be.

Being the president is a demanding job, both mentally and physically. Given the ages of the candidates—Clinton (68) and Trump (70)—it is only fair that they both release their medical records to prove that they are indeed fit to serve.

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