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With Hillary in Hospital, Conservatives Backtrack on Fake-Concussion Meme

Posted by on Jan. 2, 2013 at 11:08 AM
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With Hillary in Hospital, Conservatives Backtrack on Fake-Concussion Meme

By J.K. Trotter | The Atlantic Wire - Mon, Dec 31, 2012

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Soon after the State Department announced that Secretary Hillary Clinton had suffered a concussion, a conservative meme began: Clinton was totally faking it in order to avoid testifying about the September attacks in Benghazi, Libya. The Daily Caller demanded a medical report. Conservative commentator Richard Grenell accused Clinton of lying. Multiple Fox News personalities joked and bantered on-air about her condition. The New York Post called the incident a "head fake." A representative Instapundit headline went: "HELP, I'VE FALLEN AND I CAN'T TESTIFY ABOUT BENGHAZI!" So it was fascinating to watch how the same individuals reacted (or didn't react) to the news late Sunday night that Clinton had been hospitalized for a blood clot related to her concussion.

 

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Some, like GOP consultant Matt Mackowiak, acknowledged that he and his peers had piled on too quickly, and were swift to expression contrition:

 

Some of us had some fun w/ Hillary's concussion & postponing of Hill testimony.Clearly a serious situation.Apologies & prayers in order.

 

- Matt Mackowiak (@MattMackowiak) December 31, 2012

The Daily Caller's Jim Treacher, however, refused to stand down:

 

Clearly, @thedemocrats have a deep emotional investment in Hillary Clinton avoiding testimony about #Benghazi. And they want you to shut up.

 

- Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) December 31, 2012

Treacher also shot back at BuzzFeed's Andrew Kaczynski, who collated a list of notable conservatives (including Treacher) who mocked Clinton's concussion:

 

I don't take it personally, because @buzzfeedandrew is just doing his job: running interference for @thedemocrats.

 

- Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) December 31, 2012

On that note, some want to compare Hillary's ordeal to that one time George W. Bush choked on a pretzel in 2002:

 

Seems to me a lot of people acting offended about concusssiongate thought it hilarious when Dubya nearly choked to death on a pretzel.

 

- Kyle Smith (@rkylesmith) December 31, 2012

(Bush was not hospitalized for the pretzel incident.)

 

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And Grenell, the former Romney advisor who is usually quite active on Twitter, where he likes to call out reporters for falling short of his idea of reporting (and compare Rachel Maddow to Justin Bieber), has been silent since Sunday night, but that hasn't tamped down the backlash to his own comments:

 

Seeming more credible that @richardgrenell wasn't kicked off Romney camp bcuz gay but just because he's deeply awful person #HillaryClinton

 

- Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) December 31, 2012

The Post, meanwhile, decided to soberly report Clinton's hospitalization on their cover today (above), complete with unacknowledged coverage of their own mockery of the concussion that caused it:

 

Cynics in the media and in Congress sneered that Clinton was faking the concussion to avoid testimony about the attack, which killed US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

 

 

In the meantime, Chelsea was seen leaving the hospital and being describes as being "distraught"

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mikiemom
by Silver Member on Jan. 2, 2013 at 11:09 AM

They did what they do best attack.

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Jan. 2, 2013 at 11:13 AM
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No one blamed Hilliary, everyone blamed that bastard that she works for.

Are you all really so in luv with Government ( dependent on, I know) that you don't think cover ups happen?

Chelsea may be trying out for an acting gig, I saw her news audition, not going to be a news person.

sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on Jan. 2, 2013 at 11:13 AM

 They are filthy animals...and you see their attack dogs on here saying the same..and now that their leaders are backtracking...the attack dogs don't have enough sense to do that

so freaking disgusting

Quoting mikiemom:

They did what they do best attack.

 

itsmesteph11
by on Jan. 2, 2013 at 11:19 AM

I have not heard anyone backtracking.  Maybe because I dont' pay attention to stupid crap the media makes sure everyone knows about to continue dividing the country or maybe that was just determined by one of those insane lefty news stations asking some Republican a pointed question that they could hardly say  yeah  she was faking it too. This is ridiculous. It's old uninteresting news and only out there by liberals trying to stir shit up. It really has no bearing on anything pertinent to Americas problems today.

sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on Jan. 2, 2013 at 2:21 PM

 @[108038612554992:274:Americans Against the Tea Party] would like to thank www.democraticunderground.com for this graphic!

 

Old? She's still in the hosptial....

Quoting itsmesteph11:

I have not heard anyone backtracking.  Maybe because I dont' pay attention to stupid crap the media makes sure everyone knows about to continue dividing the country or maybe that was just determined by one of those insane lefty news stations asking some Republican a pointed question that they could hardly say  yeah  she was faking it too. This is ridiculous. It's old uninteresting news and only out there by liberals trying to stir shit up. It really has no bearing on anything pertinent to Americas problems today.

 

nanaofsix531
by Platinum Member on Jan. 2, 2013 at 2:31 PM
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They are showing just how low class they are and always will be.

mikiemom
by Silver Member on Jan. 2, 2013 at 3:12 PM

particularly the posters who are directly attacking Chelsea, how pathetic. The poor girl did nothing to deserve unkind words. Some people must live putrid existance if they get pleasure out of being nasty to a young lady who has done nothing more than be someone's daughter. I think Chelsea has shown poise and grace in dealing with the horrible mean things that people say about her.

Quoting nanaofsix531:

They are showing just how low class they are and always will be.


nanaofsix531
by Platinum Member on Jan. 2, 2013 at 3:24 PM
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And the worse part is these people call themselves Christians.No real Christian would do this EVER.

Quoting mikiemom:

particularly the posters who are directly attacking Chelsea, how pathetic. The poor girl did nothing to deserve unkind words. Some people must live putrid existance if they get pleasure out of being nasty to a young lady who has done nothing more than be someone's daughter. I think Chelsea has shown poise and grace in dealing with the horrible mean things that people say about her.

Quoting nanaofsix531:

They are showing just how low class they are and always will be.



mikiemom
by Silver Member on Jan. 2, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Well, I beg to differ, no one that follows the teachings of Jesus would do this but this is a way of life for many christians. They spend their time judging others, determining what is and what isn't appropriate for others and spreading hate through their life.

Quoting nanaofsix531:

And the worse part is these people call themselves Christians.No real Christian would do this EVER.

Quoting mikiemom:

particularly the posters who are directly attacking Chelsea, how pathetic. The poor girl did nothing to deserve unkind words. Some people must live putrid existance if they get pleasure out of being nasty to a young lady who has done nothing more than be someone's daughter. I think Chelsea has shown poise and grace in dealing with the horrible mean things that people say about her.

Quoting nanaofsix531:

They are showing just how low class they are and always will be.

 



nanaofsix531
by Platinum Member on Jan. 2, 2013 at 4:02 PM
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That is why they are NOT real Christians.And they prove it here everyday.And that makes us both right. :o)

Quoting mikiemom:

Well, I beg to differ, no one that follows the teachings of Jesus would do this but this is a way of life for many christians. They spend their time judging others, determining what is and what isn't appropriate for others and spreading hate through their life.

Quoting nanaofsix531:

And the worse part is these people call themselves Christians.No real Christian would do this EVER.

Quoting mikiemom:

particularly the posters who are directly attacking Chelsea, how pathetic. The poor girl did nothing to deserve unkind words. Some people must live putrid existance if they get pleasure out of being nasty to a young lady who has done nothing more than be someone's daughter. I think Chelsea has shown poise and grace in dealing with the horrible mean things that people say about her.

Quoting nanaofsix531:

They are showing just how low class they are and always will be.





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