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  • Fox's Megyn Kelly Invites Julian Assange To Discuss His Future Plans To Attack Hillary Clinton

    Kelly: “Do You Believe The Information In Your Possession Could Be A Game-Changer In The US Election?"

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    Fox News’ Megyn Kelly invited Wikileaks’ editor-in-chief Julian Assange to discuss the “significant” material on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton he plans to leak before the election day in order to damage her campaign. 

    Previously, Fox had repeated Assange’s conspiracy that a DNC staffer was murdered because of association with WikiLeaks, while a report on Fox and Friends cited Assange in a claim that Google buried stories about the “Clinton body count.” For his part, Assange has discussed an “October Surprise” with unofficial Trump adviser Roger Stone, who claims that the Clintons have murdered 40 people, including JFK Jr., for being “in the way.” From the August 24 edition of Fox News’ The Kelly File:

    MEGYN KELLY (HOST): Julian, thank you very much for being here. So, let's start with the additional information you have regarding Hillary Clinton. When can we expect this information? 

    JULIAN ASSANGE: Well we're working around the clock. We have received quite a lot of material [INAUDIBLE] electoral process and by a major DNC revelation, which has now led to the resignation of five top officials at the DNC, including Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the president, the last one, late last week. It's a complex business, what we do. We have to assess the veracity, we have a perfect ten-year record, so far, in never getting it wrong. We want the keep that reputation. Understand how things should be formatted, what media should we be involved in, what is the best way to stage it out, do we accumulate everything, assess it, publish all in one batch or do we do several batches. The approach we have decided to take is that we do several batches.

    KELLY: Give us a general sense. Are we going to see it before the November 8th election? 

    ASSANGE: Yes, absolutely.  I mean, in the case of the DNC leaks, for example, we pushed as fast as we could to try to get it in before the Democratic nomination conference because obviously people have a right to understand who it is they're nominating and what sort of process was involved and the same is true here. For the US electoral process, people involved in that election have the right to understand who it is they're electing. 

    KELLY: Now, you've seen it, right? Can you tell us how significant you believe it is? I mean, compare its significance to what we saw released by WikiLeaks in July. 

    ASSANGE:  I don't want to scoop ourselves. We have a lot of pages of material, thousands of pages of material. So, no I have not read every single page, we’re hard at work in doing that, trying to understand, etc. I didn't want to give the game away but it's a variety of different types of documents from different types of institutions that are associated with the election campaign, some quite unexpected angles that are, you know, quite interesting, some even entertaining. 

    KELLY:  Do you -- you know, right now according to the average of all polls, she's beating Donald Trump by 5.5 points nationwide. She's way ahead of him in most of the swing states, not all. Do you believe the information in your possession could be a game-changer in the US election? 

    ASSANGE:  I think it's significant. You know, it depends on how it catches fire in the public and in the media. 

  • The Huge Media Failure Behind The Latest Clinton Global Initiative Pseudo-Scandal

    Despite Reporting, Bahraini Crown Prince Didn’t Give $32 Million To CGI

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    Numerous media outlets covering released State Department emails pushed by the conservative group Judicial Watch falsely claimed that Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain gave the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) tens of millions of dollars, which they suggested was linked to him meeting with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In fact, none of the money in question went to the Clinton Global Initiative -- the crown prince made a “Commitment to Action” to fund the scholarship program at a Clinton Global Initiative event, and the money raised from business donors in Bahrain and elsewhere went to the crown prince’s scholarship program to educate Bahraini students.

  • The New York Times And Trump’s Loopy Note From His Doctor

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC BOEHLERT

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    With Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his media surrogates making unfounded allegations about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s mental and physical well-being and demanding she release more medical records, The New York Times recently addressed the issue of candidate health. In a story headlined "Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Ages 68 and 70, Share Few Health Details," the newspaper claimed that both Trump and Clinton “have been more secretive and selective than many recent presidential nominees in providing up-to-date details about their personal health.”

    The Times article quickly conceded that Trump has been less forthcoming than Clinton. But it’s wildly misguided to suggest Trump and Clinton have treated the issue of medical disclosures in a remotely similar fashion. Yes, each candidate has released a letter from his or her personal doctor evaluating the candidate’s current health. But it’s fantasy to pretend that the two doctors’ letters are comparable.

    And that’s where the Times examination really stumbled, by trying to take seriously the dubious letter from Trump’s doctor that was released last December -- a letter that has been widely derided as a joke. “It purports to be a medical letter, but it is one of the most ridiculous documents ever to emerge in any political campaign,” Kurt Eichenwald recently wrote for Newsweek.

    So committed was the paper to the narrative that both Clinton and Trump were hiding their medical past, the Times ignored the real story: Trump has released no verifiable information about his medical history. None. Because to date, Trump’s only medical release is his very weird doctor’s letter, which remains a completely useless document.

    The brief, vague letter was released 11 days after Trump vowed in December to make public a “full medical report” about his physical health and fitness to serve as president. He bragged that the medical report would “show perfection.”

    To date, there’s been no medical report, just the weird, uninformative letter penned by Dr. Harold N. Bornstein.

    Accentuated by typos -- including a very odd “To Whom My Concern” salutation -- and featuring a website URL that doesn’t work, Trump’s four-paragraph medical letter was filled with strange terms like “astonishingly excellent,” which convey no medical meaning.  

    Dr. Jennifer Gunter dissected the Trump letter for The Huffington Post, noting that doctors "just don't typically write vague, quasi-medical things in letters. ... I would never write anything this terrible for a jury duty excuse or a back to work note. ... It’s medically illiterate.”

    At one point, Trump’s doctor boasted that the Republican nominee’s “physical strength and stamina are extraordinary.” But the doctor never explained how he measured Trump’s stamina and strength. Bornstein also claimed Trump had lost “at least fifteen pounds” in the previous year, but he never listed the candidate’s current weight.

    Another gaping hole, as noted by Eichenwald:

    The letter from the Trump campaign mentions nothing about family history, as any normal letter assessing someone’s medical condition would. (Clinton’s does.) Family history is critical in understanding possible diseases that may emerge, particularly those with a genetic link. Trump’s father, Fred Trump, died from complications of late-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

    Meanwhile, Bornstein in the letter says he’s been treating Trump for decades. But note that the physician is a gastroenterologist, a doctor who treats digestive tract problems. If Trump is in such “astonishingly excellent” health, why has he been going to see a gastroenterologist for nearly half his life? (Clinton’s letter of medical evaluation was written by Lisa Bardack, director of internal medicine in the Mount Sinai Health System at CareMount Medical.)

    None of it makes any sense, which is why the Trump letter has been widely derided as a joke. Yet this week the Times opted to treat the letter as legitimate in an effort to portray Trump and Clinton as equally secretive.

    The truth is, Clinton has released about as much medical information as President Obama did when he ran for president in 2008. By contrast, Trump has released only a baffling, useless document from his gastroenterologist. “The letter provides essentially no medical information,” wrote Gunter.

    The Times is right that there is a candidate in this race who’s being “more secretive and selective” about releasing medical information. But it’s not Clinton.

  • Fox Claim That Half Of Clinton State Dept. Visitors Were Donors Undermined By AP Report

    Associated Press Explains That Report Only Includes Her Meetings With People Outside The Government

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    Fox News personalities deceptively cited an Associated Press report to claim that half of all of Hillary Clinton’s visitors during her tenure as secretary of state were donors to the Clinton Foundation. But the AP only included her meetings with people “outside the government,” and the report made clear that her actions do not appear to violate the law. 

    A review of State Department calendars showed “at least 85 of 154 people from private interests who met or had phone conversations scheduled with Clinton … donated to her family charity or pledged commitments to its international programs,”  according to a review of State Department calendars released so far to The Associated Press.

    Fox News argued the report was proof of “influence peddling,” claiming it found over 50 percent of all Clinton’s meetings at the State Department were with Clinton Foundation donors. Stuart Varney, guest host of Your World with Neil Cavuto, called the AP report “clear evidence” of “a round robin of influence peddling” because Clinton “holds meetings half the time” with donors: 

    STUART VARNEY (HOST): This late report from the AP, roughly half the people who had meetings with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had contributed money to the foundation. That is clear evidence, it seems, of influence peddling, doesn't it? You can't laugh that off, can you? 

    [...]

    You give money to a foundation. The foundation is headed by the Clintons. Hillary Clinton is secretary of state. She holds meetings half the time with with people who have given money to the foundation. That's a round robin of influence peddling. 

    The AP report makes clear that the meetings “do not appear to violate legal agreements Clinton and former President Bill Clinton signed before she joined the State Department in 2009.” Additionally, AP explains that 154 meetings “did not include U.S. federal employees or foreign government representatives”:

    More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money - either personally or through companies or groups - to the Clinton Foundation. It's an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president.

    At least 85 of 154 people from private interests who met or had phone conversations scheduled with Clinton while she led the State Department donated to her family charity or pledged commitments to its international programs, according to a review of State Department calendars released so far to The Associated Press. 

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    The meetings between the Democratic presidential nominee and foundation donors do not appear to violate legal agreements Clinton and former president Bill Clinton signed before she joined the State Department in 2009. 

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    The 154 did not include U.S. federal employees or foreign government representatives. Clinton met with representatives of at least 16 foreign governments that donated as much as $170 million to the Clinton charity, but they were not included in AP's calculations because such meetings would presumably have been part of her diplomatic duties.

  • Media Scandalize Clinton Connections By Mischaracterizing International Security Advisory Board Appointee As Unfit

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    Right-wing media are scandalizing the 2011 State Department International Security Advisory Board (ISAB) appointment of Rajiv Fernando, a Chicago-based securities trader and Clinton Foundation donor, suggesting Fernando knew “absolutely nothing about intel” and claiming he was only appointed because “he donated up to $5 million to the Clinton Foundation.” But Fernando is an expert in cybersecurity, which the ISAB prepared a report on in 2014, and the State Department said the ISAB is “looking for a broad range of experiences” when considering candidates.

  • Fox Sunday Shows Baselessly Suggest Clinton Gave Favors To Foundation Donors

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    Fox News’ Sunday shows continued to hype the claim by the conservative group Judicial Watch that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton gave favors to a Clinton Foundation donor when she was secretary of state. The Fox reports ignored that the emails provide no evidence of the donor seeking to benefit from the State Department and that the person the donor asked to meet has “never met nor spoken” with him.

  • Hannity Responds To Trump Campaign Troubles With Clinton Health Conspiracy Parade

    Blog ››› ››› OLIVER WILLIS

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    Over the last week, as Donald Trump faced disappointing poll numbers and continued to spawn a series of never-ending controversies on the campaign trail, Fox News’ Sean Hannity -- who has perhaps been Trump’s biggest cheerleader in the media -- has devoted large chunks of his Fox News program to engaging in baseless conspiracies that Hillary Clinton is in ill health.

    Hannity, Drudge and conspiracy media like Alex Jones’ Infowars are part of a steady, months-long drumbeat consistently pushing baseless claims that Clinton has serious health problems.

    As CNN’s Brian Stelter pointed out, Hannity’s crusade is an example of “how this ecosystem exists, where something starts, in this case on pro-trump Twitter accounts, and it makes its way all the way up to some of the top shows on cable television, even though it's really rooted in a conspiracy theory.”

    Monday: “Some Said It's Like A Mini-Seizure”

    On Monday, Hannity hosted neurologist Dr. David Samadi and Dr. Marc Seigel to assess whether Clinton “could be experiencing a serious undisclosed medical condition.” During the segment, Hannity referenced a misleading Drudge-promoted photo of Clinton slipping on icy stairs to kick off a segment in which he questioned his guests on whether Clinton had suffered “a mini-seizure” or had a “mini-stroke.”

    The transcript of the exchange, via Nexis:

    HANNITY: And welcome back to HANNITY. So an image of Hillary Clinton recently posted to the Web site "The American Mirror" is sparking new controversy for the Clinton campaign. The picture, which shows Hillary Clinton apparently needing assistance to climb a flight of stairs at a campaign stop back in February, was picked up by "The Drudge Report," which posted this headline over the weekend detailing Hillary Clinton's history with falls and speculating that the former secretary of state could be experiencing a serious undisclosed medical condition.

    Earlier today we reached out to the Clinton campaign for a statement, and a spokesman told us that "The Drudge Report" is shameful, and anyone who buys into that vitriol, including yours truly, is shameful as well. So shameful we are.

    Anyway, what was noticeably missing from the statement is any reference or rebuttal to the health issues that were alleged by Drudge and others.

    Joining us now with analysis, from the FOX News medical A-Team we have FOX News medical correspondent Dr. Marc Siegel and Dr. David Samadi is with us. It's in "The Daily Mail," are Hillary Clinton's health problems more severe than thought? A new book is coming out that claims that. The Gateway Pundit had today, "Hillary's handler carrying a diazepam pen for patients who experience recurrent seizures. When you look at her history, Dr. Siegel, of falling, concussions, the blood clots, et cetera, and then this other video that has emerged, what are your thoughts?

    DR. MARC SIEGEL, FOX NEWS MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: I think the public has the right to know. Number one, we're talking in 2008, Sean, I looked over 1,000 pages of John McCain's records because of a melanoma he had 10 years before. What about Hillary? In 2009, a severe fall, she breaks an elbow. In 2011 she boards a plane, falls. In 2012 she has a severe concussion which Bill Clinton says it took her six months to recover from.

    Then she ends up with a blood clot on the brain. She's on lifetime blood thinners. Just to point alone, if she's prone to falling, and you see from our picture up there that it looks like she can barely get upstairs without two people carrying her. If she falls and hits her head she'll get a blood clot in her brain.

    HANNITY: Just out of fairness, I don't want to show the video. But I've asked both of you to look at the video where she seems like, some said it's like a mini-seizure. What does it look like to you.

    SIEGEL: I'm also concerned about this concussion she had in 2012. It could be post-concussion syndrome. Your balance is off. You're dizzy all the time. Your memory is off. You're not thinking clearly. Maybe that is what she meant this week when talked about that click she had with Chris Wallace. Maybe she just can't think.

    HANNITY: She says she short circuited. Also, it's not just that. She doesn't give a lot of press conferences. She doesn't want to seem to put herself in high pressure situations.

    SIEGEL: I want to know what her neurologist says. I've reached out to her neurologist at Columbia after she had that fall. No comment. I want to know what her neurological records show.

    HANNITY: You think as you have done with John McCain and other presidential candidates, obviously John McCain is older, do you think it's fair game, especially if people see that something seems a little off?

    SIEGEL: Not just fair game. Just the point alone that she's on blood thinners and seems to be prone to fall, if she falls when she's in the White House --

    HANNITY: Is there a possibility she had a mini-stroke, a TIA? What do you think?

    DR. DAVID SAMADI, FOX NEWS MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: The picture that you showed as she's going up the stairs speaks a million words. Is he really fatigued? Is she dehydrated? One of the main reasons why she fell in 2012 and had the concussion was severe dehydration. They're holding her and going up the stairs so she may be really dehydrated, she may have arthritis, she may have back pain. She may have fallen again. We don't know. So there are a lot more questions that are unanswered. What we know today is that she's on thyroid medication. She suffers from hypothyroid or low thyroid that can cause some fatigue and gaining weight and all of that.

    Tuesday: “What About Some Of The Weird Pauses She Has”

    On Tuesday, Hannity had neurologist Dr. Daniel Kassicieh and Dr. Marc Seigel on and again brought up the photos from the Drudge Report. He asked, “Is it possible she had a stroke, or do you really believe it was a head injury, traumatic brain injury?”

    He also pondered, “What about some of the weird pauses she has, the coughing fits she has? There are moments when I'm literally watching her and I'm thinking, OK, the facial expressions are odd. They seem off.”

    The transcript of the exchange, via Nexis:

    HANNITY: So last time on this program we spoke about an image that was being circulated online of Hillary Clinton. The picture shows the Democratic nominee being helped a flight of stairs by her staffers. This was back in February. "The Drudge Report" picked it up and speculated about her health.

    So should Hillary have to reveal her medical condition as well as give us maybe those Wall Street speeches, maybe those big bank speeches? And joining us now with reaction is board-certified neurologist and headache specialist Dr. Daniel Kassicieh and from the FOX News Medical A-Team is Dr. Mark Seigel. Dr. Siegel, good to see you again.

    Daniel, let me start with you. Doctor, let me ask you, what do you see in her condition and some of these images where she keeps getting flustered or the coughing fits or you hear about the blood clots. What is your interpretation?

    DR. DANIEL KASSICIEH, BOARD CERTIFIED NEUROLOGIST: My concern is going back to her concussion when she fell back in December of 2012 and she had a reported blood clot. The blood clot cleared up quickly with the blood thinners, but Bill Clinton actually reported that it took six months of hard work for Hillary to recover from her head injury.

    HANNITY: Is it possible she had a stroke, or do you really believe it was a head injury, traumatic brain injury?

    KASSICIEH: I believe that she had a concussion with a possible brain injury. Of course, I haven't seen medical records, but the blood clot once it cleared up was no longer an issue. It was the latent effects of the concussion that I would be concerned about.

    HANNITY: By the way, I'm glad you're a headache expert because any time she or any liberal speaks, I get a headache. Dr. Siegel?

    DR. MARC SIEGEL, FOX NEWS MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: Sean, this is a year when we're looking into the long term effects of concussion and we're finding that we're underestimating this, that someone who has a severe blow to the head can have affects later on that even an MRI doesn't show. So at the very least I want to see her medical records.

    HANNITY: What about some of the weird pauses she has, the coughing fits she has? There are moments when I'm literally watching her and I'm thinking, OK, the facial expressions are odd. They seem off.

    SIEGEL: I don't know this because I'm only looking at a video. But I saw the same video you saw and I'm wondering about a word called "aphasia" where you're searching for words, you suddenly lose those words, and that can be the sign, again, of some kind of traumatic brain injury or the after effects of a concussion.

    I'm not satisfied to just get a letter from Dr. Bardack who is her primary and say she's fit to be president. That is like getting a letter from an accountant, the taxes are OK. I want to see what a neurologist wrote about her.

    Hannity similarly promoted the conspiracy theory that Clinton had a stroke on his syndicated radio show on Tuesday, claiming, “one doctor friend of mine was really convinced she had a stroke.”

    Wednesday: “It Almost Seems Seizure-Esque To Me”

    On Wednesday, Hannity hosted Dr. Marc Siegel and Dr. Fiona Gupta, claiming that “questions continue to swirl about Hillary Clinton's health and if she is fit to serve as president of the United States.”

    The transcript of the exchange, via Nexis:

    HANNITY: Look at this video right here. Watch her reaction, because I'm not -- it almost seems seizure-esque to me.

    GUPTA: There are different types of seizures, local seizures that sometimes can cause just one body part, but it would be very rare. I mean, typically seizures will generalize, so I can't say that's a seizure.

    HANNITY: Aren't there many seizures like that, Dr. Siegel?

    DR. MARC SIEGEL, FOX NEWS MEDICAL CONTRIBUTOR: I'm not a neurologist, and I don't think that necessarily looks like a seizure, but I will say this --

    HANNITY: Let's re-rack this. What do you think this is?

    SIEGEL: I'll tell you what I think it is. I think that we've seen enough there, especially in someone who has a long medical history and who's approaching 70 years old for me to be able to say here that both of our candidates need to release their medical information. Sean, the whole idea --

    HANNITY: It looks like violent, out of control movements on her part.

    SIEGEL: And it could be, and I say could be, related to previous head trauma she's had. It's possible. That's why I need to see the records. That's why a neurologist needs to come forward and give a press conference and say this is what is going on with her. She may very well be completely fit, but we want to know.

    Thursday: “You've Got This Sort Of Twitching Thing That She Does”

    On Thursday, Hannity hosted Drs. Marc Siegel and David Samadi, along with former Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson to discuss “speculation” about Clinton’s health in a segment he introduced by asking, “Why won't the mainstream media talk about this story?”

    Hannity asked the panel to comment on video supposedly showing Clinton engaging in “violent, violent, repetitive jerking of the head,” and wondered about “this sort of twitching thing that she does.”

    The transcript of the exchange, via Nexis:

    HANNITY: Dr. Carson, I'll show you the different examples. She's falling. You've got this sort of twitching thing that she does in front of reporters that was really bad. There's been a number of incidents and reports that she fell. And then she had this really long incident where she was out of commission for quite a while, recovering, her husband said. She's on anti- coagulants.

    Number one, do we have a right to know? And number two, what do you make of this twitching thing that she keeps doing? I'll run it again.

    HANNITY: Why are you laughing? You're the brain surgeon here. I'm just a humble little host.

    (LAUGHTER)

    CARSON: Oh, it just looks funny. You know, certainly as a person gets older, you know, the number of medical conditions that we have to watch for increases, which is one of the reasons that we strongly suggest, as you get older, that you have at least an annual examination. If you're going into a very important position like this, it's critical.