As most of you likely know, Hillary Clinton was hospitalized in December because of a concussion she suffered after fainting. She fainted from dehydration, which was caused by a stomach virus she had been dealing with. In the follow-up treatment for the concussion, her medical team chose to give her an MRI — and it’s a damn good thing they did, because they discovered a blood clot near her right ear, between the skull and the brain. The condition is called “cerebral venous thrombosis,” and can be life-threatening due to the risk of blood buildup causing a stroke or fatal hemorrhaging. Conservative media has repeatedly attacked her health, likely because it has postponed her Benghazi testimony. The New York Post (owned by the same parent company as Fox News) theorized (in an editorial) that she was faking.
Fox News has been repeatedly and disgustingly derisive, and Media Matters has made a compilation of their insulting behavior available for viewing, which you can see below:
As you can see, they range from outright accusing her of faking to, at the very least, making a bigger deal of it than it really is.
I have some serious misgivings about the validity of either of those ideas, or any in between. Hillary Clinton is one of the most admired women in the world, and there is a reason for that — she’s driven, and she works hard for a country that she loves. Many of the things she does aren’t even heard of or talked about, because she doesn’t do good works for the media attention — she does them because she’s a sincere person. Postponing the Benghazi testimonial would be pointless, because it’s going to happen in the end either way. What would be the point in delaying? Even if she were to consider it, she’s a good politician, and a good politician will realize that this type of talk would make faking an injury disadvantageous.
It’s time for conservative media to stop this nonsense. Not to adopt a holier-than-thou attitude, but when Senator Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) daughter was injured in an accident, many on the left expressed nothing but sympathy:
Partisan politics takes a hiatus on a few occasions. The injury of a child is one of them. The most we can do is offer our hopes for a speedy recovery to Amanda Rubio and comfort for the Rubio family. While we disagree with Marco on policy, he is a loving family man who thinks the world of his kids.
Maybe the conservative right should go ahead and learn the meaning of “empathy.”