August 17, 2016

Frustration isn't even a word that can describe the feeling that is elicited when the 'News' is comprised of the press entertaining absurdities manufactured by the Republican Party, especially the Trump Campaign. Chris Matthews, or as we like to call him at C&L "Tweety" keeps this foolish ignominy about Hillary's health concerns, via Sean Hannity, alive and kicking. He had three panelists on today to try to ascertain the legitimacy of this rumor.

MATTHEWS: Hannity is ranting on this topic. What's going on? What are the Republicans up to on this health issue? Why are they on to this? What do they know? is there something we don't know in the health records? Something that could change this election around?

Democratic strategist Steve McMahon tries to put that false rumor to rest.

MCMAHON: No. There's no indication there's anything like that This was something that was thrown out there as a canard about a year or so ago that Hillary Clinton had somehow had strokes or something. And, it's ridiculous. (It's) what happens when a campaign appears to be failing, and they make charges that don't seem credible at all, it actually reflects more on the person making the charge.

Nope, that is not enough for Tweety. He keeps it alive.

MATTHEWS: Is it smart to make a charge like this if they know it's not going to be proven true? Is it smart if they can lead into something actually coming out or they can force some information out of her medical records. Why would they go into a wall on this? Why say something that will be demonstrably proven wrong within a matter of weeks?

MCMAHON: Because they don't think beyond the next news cycle. They are just desperate and grasping for straws and you can see it.

That should be the end of it. But no. We continue. He asks Susan Page of USA Today what are her thoughts and she brushes it off as pretty ridiculous. So he turns to the last of the panel.

Republican Strategist Matt Schlapp does his damnedest to turn the fake Hannity claim into a story about her accessibility, and thus we should surmise her health is compromised; as if they are one in the same. You know, GOP logic, 1+1=5, right?

SCHLAPP: Democrats often say, people in the press often say hey, she's awfully hard, she's not very available, he's very available, he's too available. It's hard to get her on our shows, hard to...

MATTHEWS: Does that mean she's hiding ailments?

SCHLAPP: I don't know. she's certainly behind some kind of veil.

As if the needle is skipping on the record...McMahon attempts to put this matter to rest, again.

MCMAHON: If i'm not mistaken, Hillary Clinton's doctor put out something that addressed this some time ago. i don't think there's anything; there's nothing to see here as the police would say.

Thankfully, there are commercials, at least sometimes!

Meanwhile, back in the real world...

The Clinton campaign released a statement in a press release. It was a rather lengthy and detailed email that had more proof than the biggest skeptic on earth could want. Of course, it's never enough for those who despise Hillary Clinton. Part of the press release said,

Donald Trump is once again peddling deranged conspiracy theories in a desperate attempt to change the subject – this time with absurd and debunked claims about Hillary Clinton’s health.

Now, with the help of his well-oiled network of conspiracy peddlers – from Roger Stone to Sean Hannity – Trump is desperately trying to give life to already busted myths about the health of a woman whose stamina and focus was publicly lauded following an 11 hours long hearing about the tragedy in Benghazi.

Here’s a statement from the actual Doctor, Hillary Clinton’s real internist...debunking the veracity of these false documents:

"As Secretary Clinton's long time physician, I released a medical statement during the campaign indicating that she is in excellent health. I have recently been made aware of allegedly ‘leaked’ medical documents regarding Secretary Clinton with my name on them. These documents are false, were not written by me and are not based on any medical facts. To reiterate what I said in my previous statement, Secretary Clinton is in excellent health and fit to serve as President of the United States."

Of course, this won't be the last you'll hear of this. Of course.

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