August 21, 2016

Howard Kurtz's Media Buzz addressed the latest right-wing conspiracy to defeat Hillary Clinton, and it doesn't seem to be fading, as it should. Hillary Clinton's health "concerns," which are based on a photo from February, has Sean Hannity, Rudy Giuliani and Newt Gingrich among others, all excited that this just might be the strategy that will be the undoing of the Democratic nominee. Their scandal efforts haven't worked yet, so they are shifting their technique to exploiting the weak, sickly female card to help their very flawed nominee, Trump.

Kurtz gave an example of Hannity's speculation and then surprisingly, he showed Rachel Maddow's take on the fallacy that totally de-legitimizes the scandal. Even the GOP strategist on panel, Sarah Isgur Flores admits that the famous picture showed that icy stairs, combined with high heels would cause anyone to have trouble navigating their way. Kurtz said that he 'forgot about the crucial high heels aspect.. thank you for pointing that out.'

Democratic strategist and freelance pundit, Krystal Ball was asked what she thought the press should do about this "issue."

BALL: it's absolutely irresponsible for outlets be pushing this when there's absolutely no proof that there's any issue here. She's actually released more documentation on her medical status than Donald Trump. (and hers' is from a real MD).

The pictures are taken out of context as you pointed out there's also another video that's going around that's also been taken out of context. There's just no there there, and and you know, Howard, I'm know Hillary Clinton lover, I will support her in this election I think there are legitimate issues to be to be pushing her on, including the Clinton Foundation stuff. But this just doesn't make any sense, there's nothing to it and I think it's disgusting that outlets would mislead their viewers by implying that there's anything really going on here.

Kurtz tries to add fuel to the fire by bringing up a video clip that was totally taken out of context.

KURTZ: This is a two-month-old video Hillary Clinton's being questioned by reporters. They were attempting to question her in Washington. The conservative site Gateway Pundit headline: WOW! did Hillary Clinton just suffer a seizure on
camera? Let's take a look at the video here they're shouting questions at her.

L.A.Times political editor Christina Bellantoni agreed with the AP reporter who was at that Clinton appearance, disproving the speculation that she was in grave health. Bellantoni logically stated that it is not a good idea to diagnose someone based on a photograph or a video, of course. It is best, with a female candidate especially, to focus on the issues and policy that she espouses.

Kurtz never really dispels the claims of all his colleagues that Hillary is sickly. He's not allowed to do that, because he's working for the Fair and Balanced network and that wouldn't be prudent.

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