Skip to comments.Washington Post Column: The character assassination of Hillary Clinton
Posted on 01/01/2013 7:01:49 PM PST by SeekAndFind
The new year began not with a cannonball off the fiscal cliff but with an outbreak of conspiratorial cynicism.
This time its Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whose fall and concussion, followed by a blood clot between her brain and skull, has prompted an embarrassment of theories. The gist: That woman will do anything to avoid testifying about Benghazi.
Several commentators on the right opined via Twitter and TV, those most deadly hosts for the parasites of rumor and innuendo, that Clinton was faking her concussion to duck out on her appearance before congressional committees investigating the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
An independent report published last month placed substantial responsibility for the deaths on the State Department. Not only was security at the Benghazi compound weak, relying heavily on local forces with conflicting loyalties, but requests for additional security apparently were ignored or denied.
The sentiment that Clinton might not wish to testify on the matter is not without reason. It is hard to imagine the agony of knowing that ones lack of vigilance may have contributed to four deaths. But the attacks on Clinton during her illness, essentially attacks on her character, have been cruel and unfair. What must the world think of us?
Clinton, who fainted as a result of dehydration after a bout of flu, hit her head and suffered a concussion, after which a blood clot was discovered. She had to be hospitalized while blood-thinning medications were administered and monitored.
Although her critics backed off once the clot was reported, initial responses ranged from Shes faking to demands for proof of her concussion.
One writer demanded her medical records. John Bolton, former ambassador to the United Nations, called Clintons affliction a diplomatic illness
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So I guess Ms Parker doesn’t buy the secret mission to Iran and the plane incident....
Kathleen Parker, concern troll. Lord knows how the world cursed us for the job done on Michele Bachman or Sarah Palin, right? Right, Kathleen?
The Clintons record of destroying enemies is only exceeded by destroying friends.
I think Ms. Parker is saying that those who said that Hillary was FAKING her illness in order to avoid testifying before Congress about Benghazi are wrong (at best) or have sinister intentions (at worst).
Kathleen Parker: predictable.
The Post certainly knows a lot about the subject as they practice real character assassination on just about every conservative they ever write about. I find it ironic that the Washington Post is whining about the “character assassination” of one of the people they like. Never mind the fact that she likely is faking to avoid the whole testifying about Benghazi thing.
And the 2016 race begins :)
She has no character to trash.
sniper sniper sniper.......three times she told the lie to get sympathy. She told a lie about her own name. She was an accomplice in Vince Foster’s murder. She was responsible for 800 FBI files suddenly found in the WH.
Well, let’s just say, she lies.
If she is really ill, why so many secrets? What exactly are they hiding?
I'm in the LYING ABOUT IT contingent.
HIllarys chronic alcoholism and drug abuse are very real
OK, events have conspired to keep her from testifying........ pretty damned efficeiently so far.
She has left her trail of lying and avoiding telling the truth from White Water to her plane being shot at when she was flying over some country close to Russia. Words that come out of her mouth cannot be trusted and she has had too many friends covering up for her before.
I didn’t see any protests from the WaPo back in 2008 when Democrat delegates were being stripped away from Hillary and given to Obama.
Time to interrogate Parker as well. She has no reason to cover up for Clinton unless she was involved.
How exactly could anyone assasinate the character of someone as scummy as PIAPS?
It is also similar enough to her reluctance to testify about the 900 FBI records, the firing of the travel office personnel, and the cattle futures in her husband’s administration for her critics to see a pattern of behavior. It may not be a exact repeat, but it does rhyme.
Think Bill Casey! What were the leftists saying when he had a brain tumor? And what did the esteemed WCompost reporter, Bob Woodward do afterward? He made up deathbed confessions or some such. Maybe hubby can make up some Hillary confessions when she croaks. At least they will be humorous unlike Woodward9’s.
” Clinton, who fainted as a result of dehydration after a bout of flu, hit her head and suffered a concussion “
For me to take this statement as reported would require the willful suspension of disbelief on my part.
... and I’m just not ready for that.
what do you mean “world”??? Parker herself took part in the character assassination of Palin...she’s a left wing hypocrite and another “conservative” fraud like david brooks...
RE: She has left her trail of lying and avoiding telling the truth from White Water to her plane being shot at when she was flying over some country close to Russia.
Don’t forget her claim that she was named after the Explorer who First reached the top of Mt. Everest — Edmund Hillary. Mr. Hillary accomplished the feat in 1953, Hillary Rodham was born in 1947.
Apparently, her parents knew that Sir Hillary would accomplish his feat 6 years before he did it!!
She later had to take back the story...
Years after alternative media pointed out the virtual impossibility, Sen. Hillary Clinton finally has admitted she was not named for the famous conqueror of Mount Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary.
The New York Times, which repeated the claim as fact in a story just one week ago, reported Sen. Clintons campaign issued a correction yesterday.
It was a sweet family story her mother shared to inspire greatness in her daughter, to great results I might add, said spokeswoman Jennifer Hanley.
For more than a decade, Sen. Clintons informal biography repeated the story, and it was recounted in former President Bill Clintons 2004 autobiography, My Life.
The problem with the tale, however, is one of timing. Sir Edmund and his Sherpa guide, Tenzing Norgay, became known to the world only in 1953, after becoming the first men to reach Everests summit. Sen. Clinton was born in 1947.
Nevertheless, Clinton recounted to the press her meeting with Sir Edmund in 1995, during an Asian tour, in which she told the mountain climber how her mother had named her.
It had two ls, which is how she thought she was supposed to spell Hillary, she said. So when I was born, she called me Hillary, and she always told me its because of Sir Edmund Hillary.
In 1947, Sir Edmund was an unknown beekeeper, but Clinton had explained her mother read about him in a publication while pregnant and liked the name.
The Oct. 10 Times story about Sen. Clintons mother moving in to the familys house in Washington stated her mother named her for the mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary.
The character assassination of Hillary Clinton began in 2008 when she posed a threat to the candidacy of Barack Hussein Obama, golden child and bringer of HOPE and CHANGE.
Even Bill Clinton felt the “racist” charge hurled at the Clintons.
Libs will circle the wagons and never call out their own side for using such tactics.
Selective memory and all that.
So the disease is the flu now? My notes say “stomach virus”, I’m changing that now to match Official Reality.
RE: OK, events have conspired to keep her from testifying........ pretty damned efficeiently so far.
Has Hillary ever been prosecuted for TRAVELGATE, when an innocent man named Billy Dale was almost bankrupt trying to defend himself against false charges contrived by none other than Hillary Clinton?
For those who don’t remember, It began in May 1993, when seven employees of the White House Travel Office were fired. This action was unusual because although theoretically, its employees served at the pleasure of the President and could be dismissed without cause, in practice, such employees had remained in their posts for many years.
The White House claimed the firings were done because financial improprieties in the Travel Office operation had been revealed by a brief FBI investigation. Critics contended the firings were done to allow friends of the Clintons to take over the travel business and that the involvement of the FBI was unwarranted. Heavy media attention forced the White House to reinstate most of the employees in other jobs and remove the Clinton associates from the travel role.
Further investigations of the firings by the FBI and the Department of Justice, the White House itself, the General Accounting Office, the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, and the Whitewater Independent Counsel all took place over the subsequent years. Travel Office Director Billy Dale was charged with embezzlement but found not guilty at trial in 1995. First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton gradually came under scrutiny for allegedly having played a central role in the firings and making false statements about her role in it.
In 1998, Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr exonerated President Bill Clinton of any involvement in the matter. In 2000, Independent Counsel Robert Ray issued his final report on Travelgate, stating that Hillary Clinton had made factually false statements but there was insufficient evidence her statements were either knowingly false or that she understood that her statements led to the firings.
THAT WAS IT !!! Billy Dale was NEVER justly compensated for being falsely accused by this Wicked Witch of the Mid West.
Good points. Evidently events have always been on her side. Many of us know they were contrived.
Parker's word (note the quote), not mine. I think it's sort of funny, actually - Parker apparently feels "the world" is going to care what we say about a two-bit Mussolini like Clinton, and that we should care about what "the world" thinks in the first place.
Couldn't agree with you more about her and Brooks. Washington insiders like them do tend to circle the wagons around other insiders such as Hillary. I'm guessing what Parker meant by "the world" was "the people who count". That would not be us.
Hillary also went to Australia to sip wine instead of testifying.
Just to name a few reasons people doubt Hillary’s word.
Rose Law Firm. FBI Files, Vince Foster death,The Beef fortune,Her campaign funds, Her use of a Government plane to campaign for Senator she never paid for,When you add all of Hillary’s scandals together she doesn’t really stand out as a truth teller. How can you ruin the Character of someone who has done so much to ruin their own character.
How many FBI files did Hillary have in her possession back in the 90s? 900?
“I agree that the attacks on Mrs Clinton’s health issues have been cruel. I have followed the Clinton’s since their early days in Arkansas, and hate everything that they are and stand for, but I haven been embarrassed disappointed in the post that have been on Free Republic. There is plenty to crucify her for other than her health.”
I refer you to billthedrill comment, as it seems to fit the bill for your comment. I wouldn’t be too sympathetic for Hilary, she’s a big girl and we don’t need to be concerned about the enemy’s feelings or how Leftists media personalities feel about us. We have to attack the Left at all times, otherwise we will play defense and LOSE.
“Kathleen Parker, concern troll. Lord knows how the world cursed us for the job done on Michele Bachman or Sarah Palin, right? Right, Kathleen? “
Kathleen Parker, lol!
Why am I not surprised that she would jump to the defense of a corrupt, lying, scumbag Democrat? She certainly never jumped to the defense of Sarah Palin, whom the rats and their newsroom acolytes smeared relentlessly and mercilessly from the time she was selected by McCain until, well, now.
Parker is hoping to vote for Hillary! in ‘16.
It’s never too soon for the Republicans to begin destroying any possible presidential hopeful the rats may throw up there. They should also destroy Democrat newsroom enemies like this simpleton Parker.
I don’t know what’s going on with Hillary!, but I do know that whwatever it is there’s lying and deceit involved.
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As if there wasn't plenty in her past to question her character about.
Better call Kathleen Parker a waaaaambulance.
In 2008 Parker said Hillary was “thoroughly qualified” to be president. This despite Hillary having an almost identical program to Obama’s. Whatever Parker is, she’s no conservative.
Ms. Parker, this is a woman that would not stoop to help her fellow American under any circumstances. Please don’t push this crap on us.
“You are not journalists. You are slobbering, agenda-driven, propaganda-selling, useful idiots for a new Politburo.”
Obviously, they have forgotton what Hitler did with his “useful idiots”, when they ceased to be useful. The cattle-cars are being prepped, as we speak.
Lets not forget the missing Rose law firm billing records.
1. My plane got shot at by snipers —we had to duck and run like heck for cover.
2. I was named after Sir Edmund Hillary.
3. The filthy loot I made from cattle futures? I simply read the Wall Street Journal —and turned $1,000 into over $100,000 in almost NO time. And with no previous experience. While regulating top commodity futures officials.
4. The Rose Law Firm billing records? Yeah, they turned up after 11 months in my office. Yeah, they literally had my fingerprints on them. Uh...we just didn’t SEE them.
5. I never knew about Kathleen Willey. Or Juanita Broadderick. Or Gennifer Flowers. I have never had knowledge of my husband’s infidelity, and no I am not a lesbian. No, my marriage with Bill is not “a bargain”. No, Chelsea’s dad is not Webb Hubbell. I’m not in a lesbian affair with a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.
I suppose blaming GWB or Dick Cheney for her condition would have ruined the tone of the article.
Why is this leftie surprised that nobody believes anything a congenital liar like Hillary says?
Don’t you have to have some character before it can be assassinated?
Then there’s this:
“Again, Clinton may well prefer to miss her day before the firing squad, but it is unlikely that doctors or a hospital would assist a secretary of state or anyone in concocting a fake affliction.”
Lawyers have no problem finding doctors everywhere in America who are willing to diagnose fake afflictions on demand to support injury claims. Politicians often suffer some convenient injuries or afflictions when they need sympathy, like Teddy Kennedy’s convenient neck brace, or Jessie Jackson Jr’s convenient mental illness. Ordinary citizens doctor shop and malinger to the point where it costs businesses and insurance companies billions of dollars a year, and any schmoe in California can get a fake diagnosis and prescription for pot. Yet Hillary, who is supposedly the shrewdest woman in American politics, can’t get a doctor’s note to cover her behind?