Sunday, August 28, 2016

Partisan US Media Coverage Of Candidate Health Goes From Hysterical To Bizarre

The recent media frenzy surrounding Clinton and Trump's health records has accomplished little more than to, once again, expose a news corps that is becoming increasingly partisan with each passing day.

Right-leaning media outlets have spent countless hours reporting on the various health issues experienced by Clinton over the years and pointing to pictures of her falling down on the campaign trail or seemingly zoning out at times as evidence of her frailty. Meanwhile the left-leaning organizations have mostly dismissed the Hillary health concerns as conspiracy theories of right-wing nut jobs.

One such comment states:

In response New York Times columnist Farhaf Manjoo posted this tweet calling on google (The Obama Administration's Orwellian Ministry Of Truth) to censor commentary on Hillary's health...

Farhad Manjoo


Google should fix this. It shouldn't give quarter to conspiracy theorists …

Unfortunately Manjoo does not give the source of the quote he uses but it is typical of material posted on many sites, not all regarded as 'right wing' by any means, although we have stated many times that the traditional political labels right and left have little if any meaning in current politics. Those who identify themselves as liberal, progressive have hijacked the term 'left wing', which originally meant in favour of small government and maximum individual freedom under the law, to disguise their authoritarian tendencies while a similar though not so extreme transition in the meaning of 'right wing' has taken place.

The Battle of Hillary's Health has escalated now, and spread beyond the usual partisan shouting matches that have passed for political debate since Barack Hussein Obama rose to prominence. Real Doctors who have no strong links with either the Democratic or Republican Party have expressed concern about Clinton's health, particularly the unstable behaviour and apparent seizures that he supporters have tried to dismiss as 'conspiracy theories' as in this interview between Clinton's campaign manager and telejouranalist Rachel Maddow (video - running time 7 mins).

The problem is that Hillary's potential health issues were easy to dismiss when they were only being covered by some "right-wing" media outlets like Infowars. Now, as The Hill comments, reputable doctors are going public to raise doubts about Hillary's ability to serve as president due to the long term effects of known health issues. Dr. Bob Lahita, Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, offered the following comments on Hillary's health:

"This is a very unusual story with Hillary,” said Lahita, pointing to the two blood clots she's been diagnosed with in the past. "The very fact that she’s having these clots and she’s had two bouts of thrombosis is disconcerting to say the least."

When asked if questions about Clinton's health are legitimate and not part of a political conspiracy, Lahita said without hesitation, “I don’t think it’s a conspiracy.”

Lahita then pivoted to past presidents who entered office with health problems.

“You go back to the history of our presidents and we’ve had many presidents up until Lyndon Johnson who’ve concealed their health during their campaigns," explained Lahita.

"It had dire effects for our country, going from Kennedy to Roosevelt, to Woodrow Wilson, whose wife ran the White House for some time," he continued, "So we have issues here and I think both candidates should be very forthcoming and perhaps have an impartial panel of physicians review the data and make that kind of decision before Americans go to the polls."

Last week Dr. Drew Pinsky, a board-certified medicine specialist and CNN employee, broke the mold of media conformity to the 'liberal' message when he confessed he is "gravely concerned" about presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s health, pointing out that treatment she is receiving could be the result of her bizarre behaviors. Pinsky's honesty promptly got him fired from CNN.("CNN Cancels Dr. Drew's Show One Week After He Voiced "Grave Concern" For Hillary's Health").

The 'left' (neo -fascist neo - cons) have been forced to back off from their standard "conspiracy theory" narrative. Totally lacking imagination, integrity, intelligence and ideas they have fallen back on their standard Plan B which is to reduce the debate to a five - year - old "you bottom smells"; "my bottom doesn't smell, your bottom smells" by raising questions about Trump's health and painting his doctor as someone who belongs in the "loony bin".

Countless hours of media coverage have been spent analyzing the following letter from Trump's doctor who declares "If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency."

Image source: Zero Hedge

Dr. Bornstein admits he spent only five minutes drafting the letter, however no evidence has been produced to suggest any of his statements are untrue. The hyperbole is entertaining but is not evidence of dishonesty.

The respective health of the next President of the United States is a legitimate issue of public concern so why not ask both (and the fringe candidates for the sake of fairness) to allow access to their health records to independent doctors who can review and assess the historical health records of both candidates? Wouldn't the American voters (and the whole world, remember Americans are voting for the person who for the next four years would have their finger on the button that could start World war Three, we need to know if we should be building fallout shelters) benefit from some facts rather than the current name calling?

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