Discussing Clinton Papers On Fox, Dana Loesch Pushes Long Debunked Benghazi Hoax

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During a Fox News segment discussing the release of the Clinton presidency documents, conservative talk radio host Dana Loesch accused Hillary Clinton of strategically using her concussion to avoid testifying on Benghazi while instead vacationing in the Dominican Republic. But the State Department confirmed that neither of the Clintons traveled to the Dominican Republic in December 2012.

Thousands of documents from the Clinton White House were released on February 28, leading to a media frenzy that was mocked by Fox host Shepard Smith. Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace also stated that "there's really no there there," predicting that unless something really incriminating appears, the papers will soon be forgotten.

Discussing the Clinton papers on Fox News' The Kelly File, guest host Shannon Bream implied that Hillary Clinton herself strategically cultivated rumors about her own health for her benefit. Loesch seized the opportunity to push the Benghazi hoax, accusing Clinton of taking a vacation to the Dominican Republic while using her concussion to avoid testifying before Congress about the Benghazi attack:

LOESCH: I campaigned for the Clintons when I was in college and I used to be a registered Democrat and I saw some of how the machine worked. And there are few women in politics that are as slick as Hillary Clinton. I may disagree with her on everything, but on this, she is very strategic. And so I keep going back as when they were getting ready to have the hearings on Benghazi, she had a concussion, but then she wasn't able to testify. And then a couple of days later she flew to the Dominican Republic and attended an event for Oscar de La Renta. So, could be strategic minor changes to get some empathy, we'll see. 

This accusation appeared on some right-wing blogs. But the State Department confirmed that neither Hillary nor Bill Clinton traveled to the Dominican Republic as claimed. Human Events posted the following correction to a blog post from Jim Hoft:

Earlier today we reported that although Hillary Clinton was too sick to speak with Congress this month about the Benghazi massacre she had traveled to the Punta Cana resort in the Dominican Republic to celebrate the New Year. 

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This afternoon the State Department wrote Human Events and told us Hillary and Bill Clinton did not travel to the Dominican Republic today as was reported. Philippe Reines at the State Department said the Clintons are not in the Dominican Republic. The Clintons are not going to the Dominican Republic. Phillippe then added, "We likely disagree on just about everything, but surely we can agree that posting a lie is far different than posting an opinion." We are posting this as a correction to our earlier post.

Loesch's introduction of a long-debunked Benghazi myth is only the latest in Fox News' history of ridiculing Clinton's concussion

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