This is interesting.
According to The Hill, the Clinton campaign has started actively beating up on reporters and editors who run stories about the blatantly obvious medical problems suffered by the 69-year-old woman who can’t remember most of what happened when she was secretary of state — if her FBI testimony is to be believed — due to a head injury.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign is working the refs hard when it comes to reports about her health.
While Clinton responded to a fit of coughing this week with humor, saying she was “allergic” to GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, her aides and surrogates played the role of bad cop.
Campaign spokesman Nick Merrill took to task an NBC reporter who wrote about the coughing spell, posting on Twitter that the writer should “get a life.”
The five-paragraph story, by Andrew Rafferty, was titled “Hillary Clinton fights back coughing attack” and reported that the “frog in Clinton’s throat on Monday was one of the most aggressive she’s had during her 2016 run.”
Jon Favreau, a former speechwriter for President Obama, asked via Twitter if “anyone on NBC, or anywhere else,” was willing to defend the piece.
The pushback signaled that Clinton’s campaign intends to sharply counterattack news organizations that take questions about her health seriously.
The fact that Clinton’s campaign is worried about her
chronic tuberculosis perpetual coughing fits should be a sign to the media that there is a story there that is worth telling. This is exactly like how the Clinton campaign reacted to the email scandal and we all know how that turned out: she and her fluffers were lying relentlessly.
More evidence that this issue is hurting Clinton is hidden deeper in the story:
Those around the Clinton campaign insist Clinton World isn’t worried that the health stories will damage her White House bid, though the latest pushback comes as polls of the race have tightened.
Allies, however, maintain that voters aren’t worried about the stories questioning her health.
“I think the media deserves to be beat up on this because I think it’s ridiculous. I really doubt that any American really cares about this,” said Democratic strategist Brad Bannon.
Just a couple of thoughts to consider when reading this. Campaigns don’t react to stories that are immaterial by attacking reporters, editors, and media outlets for reporting them. Newspapers don’t report on stories that people aren’t reading. What is going on is that the public does think Hillary’s poor health and the likelihood of her being medically incapacitated at some point are campaign issues. The media are begrudgingly following the lead of their readers. And the Clinton campaign has internal polls that shows this issue is hurting her now and it will only hurt her more the closer we get to election day.