The Scandal That Barely Was: Hillary Clinton Isn’t Faking ItJessica Tholmer

Sometimes I wonder how news spreads to people who do not use Twitter. Do you feel like you live in The Stone Age, oh ye tweet-less, waiting to hear news (anything from celebrity breakups to actual breaking political news) from a source slower than the ol’ birds? I found out about Sandy Hook on twitter, basically as soon as news broke. I found out about Whitney Houston’s death on Twitter, I found out about what I thought was the death of Bon Jovi via Twitter. So, you see, Twitter, like all news sources, certainly does not know all. Anyone has a voice (which I love), but anyone has a voice (which I kinda hate). It can be tricky, and trending topics are not to be entirely trusted.

But when a legitimate news source – in this case, I believe it was The New York Times – tweets about something, I do not need to fact check it to believe its authenticity. While procrastinating on Twitter (as I usually am), tweets started rolling in about Hillary Clinton‘s hospitalization. I had heard of her concussion the month prior, and “they” (the Tweeters) were now saying doctors found a blood clot near her brain. Upon researching, it seemed that Clinton would be just fine, but was kept in the hospital regardless.

Anyone has a voice on Twitter, even those that already speak their loud voices on television, the radio, or in print. Unfortunately (or fortunately, if you like drama as I do), Twitter also allows for controversy on a quicker, more widespread level. After Clinton’s concussion, plenty of well-known political commentators utilized their social media accounts to accuse her of “faking it.”

Ann Coulter, infamous conservative social and political commentator, columnist and lawyer, exercises her offbeat opinions on twitter quite often. She took little to no time commenting on Clinton’s concussion, tweeting, “Hillary can’t testify on Benghazi because she fainted and received a concussion. Or as I call it, “A Christmas Tale.’”

Stephen Kruiser, a comedian and conservative political activist, tweeted something similar, claiming that “Hillary’s fake concussion will probably become a fake coma after reading the #Benghazi report.”

Clinton was scheduled to testify last month regarding the assault in Benghazi, Libya that left four Americans dead. She is now re-scheduled to testify on January 22nd.

Conservative talk show hosts, political commentators, message boards, blogs, and television shows have all spoken quite strikingly about Clinton’s health issues in the past month: not only are they often claiming that she faked a concussion and a blood clot, but they are claiming that she did so to avoid the “intimidating” line of men that will eventually question her during the Benghazi trial.

Let us get at least one thing straight here. Clinton has been in a position of political power for at least thirty years, dating back to being “first lady” of Arkansas. Preceding even that, Clinton was the first female chair of the Legal Services Corporation (in 1978), and she was appointed the first female partner at Rose Law Firm, one of the oldest law firms in the United States. We all know that after all of this, Clinton went on to her active role as First Lady of the United States of America, as well as the first First Lady to run for public office, the first female senator to represent New York, and eventually, the Secretary of State.

She is clearly in no way intimidated by a situation when there are men involved.

Unsurprisingly, Fox News has been behind most of the allegations of Clinton’s “faking it.” Though they reported, shamelessly and anti-factually (citing the National Enquirer at one point) about Clinton feigning her concussion, the media heads backed off a bit when she checked into the hospital for her blood clot. Because the Secretary of State has to check into a hospital before her word is taken as truth? Is this a Democrat versus Republican thing, or is this a woman thing? Or is it both? Why are we still questioning the actions and intentions of a woman who has gained our trust thoroughly throughout her years of public service? Why does a sixty-five year old woman suffering the occasional health problem have to endure accusations that are not only entirely unbelievable, but offensive to not just an authority figure, but a human being in general?

What do you guys think? Has the conservative media gone too far?

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  1. Wow! I must admit I absolutely did not believe the stories coming out about why Hiliary wasn’t testifying. The timing was just all wrong. Then I got an email from a friend. https://missiongalacticfreedom.wordpress.com/2013/01/07/what-really-happened-to-hilary-clinton-and-us-navy-seal-commander-job-w-price/

  2. WHO CARES ABOUT THE “TIMING” OR WHATEVER. IF SOMEONE IS ILL, THEY ARE ILL!!! ITS CLEARLY AN ATTACK ON THE DEMOCRAT PARTY AS WELL AS BEING A WOMAN IN POLITICS IN MY OPINION. SHE IS A POWERFUL WOMAN, AND THEY SHOULD BE AFRAID OF WHAT GREAT WONDERFUL THINGS SHE CAN ACCOMPLISH IN SOCIETY. THEYRE JUST LOOKING FOR A WAY TO KNOCK HER DOWN, LIKE HOW THEY GOT AT BILL WHEN HE WAS VULNERABLE DUE TO HIS MOTHER BEING ILL.
    CLEARLY, SENDING OUT TWEETS OF “WE HOPE YOU GET WELL SOON” OR “KEEP US UPDATED ON HER HEALTH STATUS OUR THOUGHTS GO OUT TO YOU AND FAMILY” WAS NO WHERE ON THEIR RADAR. ITS AMAZING HOW KINDESS IS A RARITY AND YET IT SHOULD BE THE FIRST THING HANDED OUT.

  3. I agree; it’s disgusting. I firstly wonder if they would do the same thing to a male politician. Let’s play the “females are dainty, weak whiners” because that’s super original. Heaven forbid we actually have to assess a woman on her skills and service (as you mentioned) instead of undermining her as a human being.

  4. I really think this is because she’s a woman. If a man in her position had sustained a concussion, I don’t think there would be talk about him using it as a means of getting out of testifying.

  5. It goes both ways with both conservative and liberal media. I can hardly stand to listen to either sometimes.

  6. “I do not need to fact check it to believe its authenticity.”–you should always fact check. News sources get things wrong all the time. Even the NY times! As we’ve seen with former NY Times Journalist Jayson Blair: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jayson_Blair, and then the run-of-the mill-fact errors that happen all the time in all newspapers no matter how prestigious. I’m not saying the Clinton report was a fact error but that they do happen.

    Also, a lot of conservatives just felt that the timing of her concussion was very convenient considering Benghazi was an incredible failure of the her department. And reports show that the state department knew before hand that this was not the result of a “spontaneous demonstration against a YouTube video” but in fact a planned terrorist action., and yet they still told the media that it was all about a YouTube video. I would be more inclined to believe Hillary Clinton if she and her department would be more forthcoming about why 4 people died on their watch. That said I don’t believe she lied about a concussion and I would believe her if she tells congress why the state department failed to put extra security at the Benghazi consulate when Ambassador Chris Stevens requested it.

    • Yes, I understand what conservatives thought, but I PERSONALLY do not find it appropriate to question someone’s health, nor do I find it appropriate to use the word “convenient” when referring to an issue that could lead to death. Was she supposed to ignore the concussion, the blood clot, and anything revolving around it to save face and look tough? She still has to testify, so she clearly was not trying to “get out” of anything.

  7. Unfortunately haters will hate. What bums be out even more is that, sadly, this kind of article will never be written from the opposite side of the aisle. While I love this site, I wish I there was a more balanced dialogue.

  8. i saw some of my conservative facebook friends posting this garbage. As someone who also was recently diagnosed with a blood clot, they are not fun. It changes your entire life, and if you have family – it makes you want to spend time with them, and not worrying about anything else. The meds are also quite exhausting and so if Hillary needed a break, she deserved one.

  9. I get my world wide news updates from CNN breaking news notifications on my phone…there’s no false celebrity deaths on that medium lol. As for the conservative media…they always go too far!