Clinton’s Truthiness Problem

It’s almost gotten to the point this election where if Hillary Clinton starts to tout a story I immediately question its veracity. Much to the shock of the Clinton True Believers I didn’t want to get to this point. But what are people supposed to do when Clinton, still recovering from the “sniper dodge” fiasco, immediately starts into another falsehood to bolster her position? And not just any falsehood: from the reports it seems she likely exploited a woman’s death following a recent childbirth and got all the relevant facts wrong:

Over the last five weeks, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York has featured in her campaign stump speeches the story of a health care horror: an uninsured pregnant woman who lost her baby and died herself after being denied care by an Ohio hospital because she could not come up with a $100 fee.

The woman, Trina Bachtel, did die last August, two weeks after her baby boy was stillborn at O’Bleness Memorial Hospital in Athens, Ohio. But hospital administrators said Friday that Ms. Bachtel was under the care of an obstetrics practice affiliated with the hospital, that she was never refused treatment and that she was, in fact, insured.

“We implore the Clinton campaign to immediately desist from repeating this story,” said Rick Castrop, chief executive officer of the O’Bleness Health System.

Tell me: In what world does “uninsured & denied” equal “insured and died despite treatment”? Even a simple Malkin grade fact-checking call would have determined the legitimacy of this story. The fact that Clinton decided to use it in her stump speeches without proofing it says a lot about her qualifications as President and John Cole’s got it exactly right:

Either the Clinton campaign didn’t care if the story was true or not, and just wanted to keep telling it, or they are less equipped to get at the truth than your average citizen journalist.

What this all boils down to is a question of competence. It has become increasingly clear that despite their claims about passing the CinC threshold and despite their claims of superior judgment, the Clinton crew cares little about actually getting things right. Loyalty, however, is a cherished value. Competence, not so much.

Update:

As our very own Terry reminds us though there are people actually suffering from this: Ms. Bachtel’s surviving family.

The worst part of this is not that a politician or campaign embellished a story. The worst part is that the media has now discovered the name of the woman, where she lived, and where her family lives. After suffering this horrible tragedy, they now have to deal with headlines and reporters.

All because a campaign wanted to prove to voters that we have a broken health care system.

(editorial blessing by DrGail)

8 Responses to “Clinton’s Truthiness Problem”

  1. AllenS says:

    When Hillary starts to tell a story, and she says: “You know”. It is always a lie or a distortion of the truth. Sometimes in one paragraph, she’ll says “you know” a half a dozen times.

  2. Ron Chusid says:

    Why wait to hear “you know” to assume Hillary is lying? All you have to do is watch to see if her lips are moving.

  3. from swimming freestyle:

    “…Senator Clinton, in voting to authorize the war, displayed a tragic recklessness. A more complete picture, in fact the “real” truth was available, and the Senator didn’t make the effort to seek it out. The logical question given the gravity and ramifications of that vote: Was it just carelessness or a willingness to select the data set that provided an advantageous political position?

    And so we come to Trina Brachtel, her baby boy, and O’Bleness Memorial Hospital. ”

    http://swimmingfreestyle.typepad.com

  4. Cee says:

    Senator Clinton, in voting to authorize the war, displayed a tragic recklessness

    Jay,

    There seems to be in truth in her. She is now saying she was critical of the Iraq war before Obama was. She’s pitiful.

    The final straw that made me decide not to support her was when she lied during a debate regarding the bombing of Syria.

    She couldn’t have known anything and nothing was verified.

    CLINTON: [W]e don’t have as much information as we wish we did. But what we think we know is that with North Korean help, both financial and technical and material, the Syrians apparently were putting together, and perhaps over some period of years, a nuclear facility,…There was intelligence and other kinds of verification.

    Doesn’t this remind anyone of all the bullshit we heard about Iraq?

    We better support the right candidate.

    OBAMA: Now, we don’t know exactly what happened with respect to Syria. We’ve gotten general reports, but we don’t know all the specifics. We got general reports in the run-up to the Iraq war that proved erroneous, and a lot of people voted for that war as a consequence.

    Hillary isn’t to be trusted at 3AM or any other time. We’re be in a war with Iran if she is in the White House.

    “His message was that the Syrian attack was in part aimed at Iran.”

    http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/02/11/080211fa_fact_hersh?printable=true

  5. tas says:

    It’s almost gotten to the point this election where if Hillary Clinton starts to tout a story I immediately question its veracity.

    I was at that point with the Clintons before I heard of Obama.

  6. Cee says:

    What happened to my comment regarding Hillary lying during a debate?

  7. tas says:

    Cee: WordPress’s spam filter decided to retroactively eat some comments (three of my own, including one in this thread, disappeared). I found and recovered them.

  8. bozhidar balkas says:

    r we dwelling too much on lapses, traits of politicos and skirting thousand issues? let’s please consider just 1 issue that, to my knowlege, h. never been even mentioned let alone studied.
    basic structure of discourse to us, the unwashed, by the ruling class h. not changed since at the latest w. rise of sumer’n city sates. it consists of ‘promises’, evocation of great perils, selfpraise or blame for others, glittering generalities, oratory, halftruths, lies.
    since i know the ruse and since i evaluate that politicos know also the strategem, i haven’t followed the campaign nor do i read anything that obama, clinton, mccain say. i’v listened only once to obama and clinton just to confirm or debunk my observation. it once again confirmed it.
    any1 who h. read bible/torah/quran will find similar or same structure of discourse. these people know that trust and hope run eternally; thus abuse our need to trust thank u

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