A report citing Clinton campaign aides and surrogates suggests that Hillary’s team is actively pressuring the mainstream media not to cover her ailing health, but to instead dismiss any questions over her coughing fits and stumbling as ‘a bunch of baloney’.Following three major coughing spells in public over the last week, the mainstream media began to report on Hillary’s health, mostly spinning the situation in her favor, but still acknowledging the questions being raised about her physical fitness.Speaking with The Hill, Clinton surrogate Jim Manley said that Hillary’s campaign is engaged in pressuring the media to back off reporting on the matter.
“They’re trying to work the refs a little bit as they try to push back on the mainstream media’s willingness to pick up on some of this stuff that’s usually left to the fringes,” Manley declared, adding that Democrats are worried about the coverage “bleeding to the mainstream media” in recent weeks.
“They’re trying to stop it,” Manley continued. “I think they learned a long time ago that you can’t just ignore these things. There’s always a fine line between react or not, but in this day in age, to say nothing is often not the best way to go.”
NBC reporter Andrew Rafferty wrote a short article merely covering the coughing fits earlier this week, saying that the “frog in Clinton’s throat on Monday was one of the most aggressive she’s had during her 2016 run.”
Rafferty, who was just reporting what every American saw happen to Clinton on stage, had Hillary’s attack dogs set upon him immediately, with campaign staff taking to Twitter to slam the report and telling Rafferty to “get a life.”
Get a life.
— Nick Merrill (@NickMerrill) September 6, 2016
Clinton apologist and a former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau demanded to know if “anyone on NBC, or anywhere else,” was willing to stand up for the report.
Joan Walsh, former Salon editor, also slammed CNN for covering the “coughing attack”, saying this is how “right wing smears get into the MSM bloodstream”:
Washington Post reporter Chris Cilizza also ran defense for Clinton, with a piece stating that “the questions about Hillary Clinton’s health are absurd”:
Both Cilizza and Walsh were immediately called out as hypocrites, as it was revealed that they ran multiple stories questioning John McCain’s health at the height of the Presidential campaign in 2008.
According to The Hill report, another former Clinton aide called questions over Hillary’s health a “complete farce, and the only way to handle it is to say in no uncertain terms that Donald Trump is full of it.”
The aide also admitted that Clinton’s campaign has a strategy to pressure the media into not reporting on the matter.
“I think that the fact that any mainstream publications would do anything but make this is a story about Donald Trump is completely out of the mainstream and why these claims have gotten worse,” the former aide said. “Some reporters have taken these claims at face value, and it’s the reason this story is still out there.”
Despite the fact that scores of doctors and medical experts have all questioned Hillary Clinton’s health, including President Obama’s former personal physician Dr. David Scheiner, Rutgers University Professor of Medicine Bob Lahita, and board-certified medicine specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky, the Clinton campaign claims that “there is no truth or factual evidence to debunk.”
“She is perfectly healthy. The only way is to challenge [Trump] to a pushup contest at the first debate.” the Clinton aide is quoted as saying.
“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,” Democratic strategist Brad Bannon added.
“This is as trivial as you can get. The media deserves pushback for giving so much coverage to this thing,” he told reporters.
Bannon clearly ignored the recent Rasmussen poll that found a whopping 59 percent of Americans think that major Presidential candidates should publicly release their most recent health records.
If the articles questioning Hillary’s health were physical objects, her campaign staff would no doubt be smashing them to bits with hammers.