Washington, D.C. – In a move that highlights exactly why a large portion of the U.S. public doesn’t trust the media, CBS News was exposed editing an interview and transcript of an interview with Bill Clinton in an effort to delete his comment that Hillary “frequently” fainted over the years.
While being interviewed by CBS’s Charlie Rose, Bill Clinton attempt to negate a broadening public perception that Hillary Clinton could potentially be suffering from serious health problems after her collapse at a 9/11 memorial event on Sunday.
Things quickly went awry when Clinton was asked during the interview if he thought Hillary’s collapse could be a sign of a “serious” illness.
“Well if it is, it’s a mystery to me and all of her doctors, 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, and she’s worked like a demon, as you know, as secretary of State, as a senator and in the year since.”
Interestingly, when the final version of the interview was released on “CBS Evening News,” Clinton saying that Hillary “frequently” passed out – before quickly correcting himself – had been edited out. In addition, according to a report by The Hill, the official transcripts had also been altered to omit his stating “Frequently – well, not frequently.” Unlike the “CBS Evening News” version, Clinton’s use of “frequently” can be heard on a version played on “CBS This Morning,” according to Zero Hedge.
The edited CBS transcript is shown below:
Below is the excerpt that will air tonight on “CBS EVENING NEWS” WITH SCOTT PELLEY:
BILL CLINTON: She’s doing fine. She was even better last night before she went to sleep. She had a good night’s sleep. She just got dehydrated yesterday.
CHARLIE ROSE: Is that what happened? She just got dehydrated. Because when you look at that collapse, that video that was taken, you wonder if it’s not more serious than dehydration.
BILL CLINTON: Well, if it is then it’s a mystery to me and all of her doctors. 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.
CHARLIE ROSE: But, more importantly, she’s on a grueling campaign. And you know what that’s like, and she’s older than you when you ran.
BILL CLINTON: And she had two and a half hard days before the day when she got dizzy. Today she made a decision, which I think was correct, to cancel her campaign day to take one more day to rest.
CHARLIE ROSE: Is it possible she’ll be away for weeks from the campaign trail?
BILL CLINTON: No, not a shot. I’ll be lucky to hold her back another day.
The idea that Bill Clinton accidentally said “frequently,” when actually meaning to say “rarely,” seems to be unlikely, with a much more likely explanation being a simple Freudian slip. A Freudian slip, also called parapraxis, is an error in speech that occurs due to the interference of an internal or subconscious train of thought – for Bill that being the internal reality that Hillary “frequently” faints.
While corrupt media/Clinton apologists will undoubtedly attempt to justify the editing by claiming that either time constraints or standard editing procedures led to the editing the statement out, both of these excuses hold little water. It took less than three seconds for Clinton to make the deleted statement – and even progressives like The Young Turks Cenk Uygur have noted that this is not journalism.
“My guess is after the interview Clinton or his team went to CBS and said ‘can you take that part out because he didn’t mean it’ – and now implicit in that is if you would like another interview with Bill Clinton in your life or your existence you’ll take that part out. Now a couple times you’ll see people who no longer have power; Bill Cosby, some other politicians, you’ll see them on tape saying hey can you take that part of interview out and the reporters will not take it out. What you never see is when they do take it out — and the conversation they had behind the scenes, where they were asked to and they did. So, CBS that’s a terrible mistake. You could have him clarify later, you could do an update to the story, there’s a million things you could do, but he said it – you leave it in there. Cuz by the way, when you take it out it seems worse. Now we found out about it and everyone’s gonna think ‘oh, there it is, the liberal media helping the Clintons cover it up.’ And in this case it’s kinda true. So don’t do that. Forget the politics of it – your CBS, your supposed to be a news organization. Do your job; report the news! You had an interview with the guy – run the interview… But do not edit the video to help him, because that isn’t journalism. Terrible, Terrible idea!”
Editing down interviews to clean up an interview subject’s response or due to time constraints is common journalistic practice, but, as Mediaite points out, “it is interesting that they chose to edit out an error that could have very well been newsworthy by itself.”
The fact that even hardcore progressives are willing to call out this type of non-journalist propaganda by CBS speaks to the fact that the mainstream corporate media in the United States is not independent journalism, and is much more akin to the propaganda arm of American political elites.