When Bill Clinton made an embarrassing gaffe during an interview with CBS News’ Charlie Rose, the news organization took it upon themselves to assist the ex-president by selectively editing his answer.
When the Clinton sat down with Rose on Monday, the veteran journalist asked if Hillary’s recent collapse at a 9/11 memorial could be evidence of something “more serious.”
Here’s how Clinton answered in the televised interview:
“Well if it is, it’s a mystery to me and all of her doctors. Rarely—but on more than one occasion, over the last many, many years, the same sort of thing happened to her when she got severely dehydrated.”
Unfortunately for CBS News, they reported what Clinton actually said on their website:
Asked if there was any chance her faintness on Sunday could be a sign of some more “serious” illness, Clinton said he did not believe that was the case.
“Well if it is, it’s a mystery to me and all of her doctors,” he said, “because frequently—well not frequently, rarely—but on more than one occasion, over the last many, many years, the same sort of thing happened to her when she got severely dehydrated.” (emphasis ours)
Clinton’s admission—accidental though it might have been—is absolutely relevant. One wonders why CBS News selectively edited that moment out if not to protect Hillary Clinton.
As Sean says, journalism is dead.
Here’s the relevant portion of the Rose interview as it aired on Monday: