- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 13, 2016

CBS News edited out a verbal gaffe by former President Bill Clinton, who corrected himself during an interview after saying his wife Hillary “frequently” becomes faint.

Mr. Clinton appeared in an interview Monday with CBS News’ Charlie Rose after his wife nearly collapsed while trying to leave a 9/11 memorial ceremony on Sunday.

Asked if the medical episode was more serious than she was letting on, Mr. Clinton responded, “Well, if it is it’s a mystery to me and all of her doctors, because frequently, not frequently, rarely, but on more than one occasion, over the last many, many years, the same sort of thing’s happened to her where she got severely dehydrated,” he said according to a transcript.

But Monday night’s broadcast of the interview and a video of the exchange posted on the network’s website omitted Mr. Clinton’s use of the word “frequently” so that he appears to say, “Well, if it is it’s a mystery to me and all of her doctors. Rarely, but on more than one occasion, over the last many, many years, the same sort of thing’s happened to her where she got severely dehydrated.”

The edit was first noticed by The Daily Caller. Newsbusters, which provided a side-by-side comparison of the two clips, reported that CBS News aired the unedited clip when the interview was replayed on Tuesday morning.



“[B]ut the damage had already been done,” Newsbusters said. “Tuesday morning’s cable shows on CNN, MSNBC and Fox all used the edited clip from CBS instead.”

CBS News explained in a statement that the clip was edited for time only during the “CBS Evening News” broadcast.

“The clip in question from former President Clinton’s interview with Charlie Rose ran in its entirety on CBS THIS MORNING, CBSNews.com and on CBSN, CBS News’ 24/7 digital streaming news service,” the statement read. “One clip that ran on CBS Evening News was edited purely for time while on deadline for the live broadcast.”

The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple called it “a pretty consequential little edit” that only saved the network roughly two seconds.

The Hill also noted that “frequently” was omitted from a transcript provided to the newspaper by CBS News. The “CBS This Morning” transcript, however, included the stumble.

Mrs. Clinton, who was diagnosed with pneumonia two days before Sunday’s spell, said she did not disclose the diagnosis earlier because she “didn’t think it was going to be that big a deal.” She acknowledged during a CNN interview Monday that her campaign “maybe” should have been faster in making her diagnosis public.

She said she is feeling “so much better” but has canceled her fundraising trip to California to rest.

“But she looked like a million bucks this morning. I can tell she’s feeling a lot better,” Mr. Clinton said.

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