Hillary Clinton V Donald Trump’s Health Status

#Debunking another right wing smear

Gronda Morin

Allegations regarding Hillary Clinton’s health problems has been winding its way through the right wing websites until Sean Hannity of FOX TV devoted an entire evening to giving this concocted tale any credibility.

Then Dr. Drew of HLN publicly voiced concerns about Mrs. Clinton’s health. Of course the far right has jumped on this band wagon, as supporting their false assertions. In this case, I choose to defer to her board certified internist of 15 years, Dr. Lisa Bardack, Director of Internal Medicine at Mt. Sinai Health Systems, a position of significant stature.

Robert Farley of FactCheck.org published a report on 8/16/16 about Hillary Clinton’s fake medical reports. The following are excerpts:

“Clinton’s longtime physician — whose name appears atop the alleged “leaked” documents — released a statement to FactCheck.org calling the documents “false,” and reiterating her diagnosis that Clinton is “in excellent health and fit to serve as President of the United States.”

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Lies, Damned lies, and Right Wing Media

Art by Rob Goldstein
A blatant lie promulgated by Fox News and #Debunked on Snopes.com.


Propaganda: “…information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote a political cause or point of view.”  Oxford English Dictionary

Black propaganda is credited to a false source, it spreads lies, fabrications, and deceptions.” The Propaganda Project

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2010 Cover of Newsweek for an article that discusses the impact of disinformation on the public.

There are now dozens of mini-fox networks that do nothing but spread lies.

A search for definitions of the term ‘disinformation’ turns up this from the
European Parliamentary Research Service Blog which provides research and
analyses to members of the European Parliament. This blog defines disinformation
as, “the purposeful and systematic manipulation of information – the broader term ‘propaganda’ dates back to the 17th century, whereas ‘disinformation’ was coined during the Cold War.”

Understanding Propaganda and Disinformation

A legitimate news outlet employs democrats, republicans, libertarians, and
people of faith. It also verifies sources, issues retractions when it makes
mistakes and does not attempt to influence public opinion by deliberately
spreading lies.

For instance the editorial of the New York Times  features Conservative David Brooks, Maureen Dowd, who ranked #43 on The Daily Telegraphs list of the 100 most influential liberals in America and Thomas Friedman, who endorses radical centrism; idealism without illusions.

Compare this to TheBlaze, a Fox News mini-me.

TheBlaze is another right-wing rag founded by conservative talk radio personality and weepy conspiracy theorist Glenn Beck.

I chose the names of three random ‘correspondents’ and here is what I found:

David Barton: He is an evangelical Christian political activistand author. He is the founder of WallBuilders, LLC, a Texas-based organization that promotes unorthodox views about the religious basis of the United States. He has been described as a Christian nationalist and “one of the foremost Christian revisionist historians”; much of his work is devoted to advancing the idea, based upon research that many historians and journalists describe as flawed,[1] that the United States was founded as an explicitly Christian nation and that the assertion that the United States Constitution calls for separation of church and state is a “myth. He has a BA from Oral Robert’s University.

Penn Fraser Jillette: He is magician, juggler, comedian, musician, inventor, actor, and best-selling author known for his work with fellow magician Teller as half of the team Penn & Teller. He is also known for his advocacy of atheism, scientific skepticism, libertarianism and free-market capitalism.

Keith Ablow: He is a psychiatrist and contributor on psychiatry for Fox News Channel and TheBlaze. As of 2011, he was also an assistant clinical professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. He’s a Republican.

There is not a lot of political diversity at TheBlaze.

This morning I load Bing and what do I see at the top of the page:

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Clinton’s Health continues to spur Controversy on the right even though everyone in right-wing media know they’re lying.

Wasn’t this smear #debunked a week ago?

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Screenshot from Snopes.com

But the right-wing press still hammers it:

And these are just lies about Clinton’s health.

How much damage did decades of coordinated smear campaigns do?

According to YourNewsWire Russian Foreign Intelligence discovered that the man who purportedly leaked Hillary’s medical records was found dead.

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Headline from the fake news site, yournewswire.

“The Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) is reporting today that the continuing to grow list of mysterious deaths surrounding U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has increased after the father of the doctor treating her for dementia suddenly died this past weekend — and who is believed to have been behind the leaking of her most secret medical records.”

The ‘continuing to grow’ list of deaths gave me a chuckle.

None of it is true:

From Snopes:

“…Vincent Fleck passed away while competing in a triathlon in early August 2016. However, all the rest of the story about a CIA “hit team” finding a “dead man’s switch” on Vincent Fleck’s computer is a fabrication, as is the claim about Dr. Daniel Fleck’s treating Hillary Clinton for dementia. (It’s rather unlikely a physical therapist with a regular practice specializing in sports injuries would be furtively treating a high-profile politician campaigning throughout the country for dementia.)”

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Snopes #Debunks the peculiar pattern of smears that surround Clinton.
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Trump spokeswoman says Clinton has dysphasia.

Dysphasia: a language disorder marked by deficiency in the generation of speech, and sometimes also in its comprehension, due to brain disease or damage.

Trump is running a cynical campaign.

Katrina Pierson must know she’s lying.

Anyone with a search engine (who is willing to use it) knows she’s lying.

I think the GOP needs a distraction:

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Federal Judge Rules Case Against Trump can Proceed

If right-wing media cared about the health and integrity if our next Commander-in-Chief they have plenty to run with in Trump.

They don’t care, certainly not about ethics or morality: all they want is to win the game.

But a win by cheating doesn’t make you a winner; it makes you a loser who cheats.

RG 2016

From My Archives: #ManyPeopleAreSaying Conservatives Make Stuff Up

First Posted August 10, 2016

This piece of zany bigotry was in my spam folder.

#ManyPeopleAreSaying Conservatives Make Stuff Up

Please enlarge the image to read it.

The comment illustrates everything that makes Trump’s supporters more frightening than Trump.

It also illustrates my earlier post on the topic of irrational arguments:

Dear Members of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy (about which Hillary was right).

I will dissect the central thesis of what I loosely call his argument.

Let’s start with this: “You see equality to be equal does in mater of fact remove the right[s] to have freedom and liberty. Would you be willing to give that up?”

So, if everyone is equal before the law someone has to give up a right?

Do you mean the right to abuse people you don’t like?

As for what I’d give up: I give up accepting the premise that you have the right to abuse me based on race, gender, and sexual orientation.

I give up tax dollars to restore funding to the public schools your parents voted to close which is why you don’t know how to use reason.

And this line: “Now transgenders will take away all freedom and liberty as it is doing right now in the United States of America.”

If transgenders are taking away all the freedom and liberty in the United States they are the most powerful women in the World!

And this: “The civil liberties union would like to do the very same thing, for their cause to enslave all of the United States of America in order to bring in Communism.”

Here is the argument:

“It is these reason why we must and have no other choice but to show you that the civil liberty union, transgender, same-sex marriage, liberals/democrats/Marxist/Communist/Socialist are all the same. My cite[s] are these three books. “The Defense of Wisconsin 2006 Marriage Amendment (Thesis) by Terry Virgil 07/09 /2014, What is wrong with Cal. Const. amend.chap.85. § § 221.5 (a)(b)(c)(d)(e)(f)? (Thesis) By Terry Virgil, Freedom and Liberty by Terry Virgil”

I won’t address equating liberalism and the Democratic Party with Marxism, communism and socialism.

I don’t even think he knows what these words mean.

He cites Terry Virgil.

Terry Virgil was a 2014 Libertarian candidate for District 13 of the Wisconsin State Senate. Virgil was removed from the candidate list for reasons unknown.

He has an Associates degree in Business Management

He is also a railroad conductor and small business owner who served in the Marines.

Terry Virgil’s opinions about the rights of #LGBTQ people are not facts.

Opinions have no place in discussions of government and law.

Democracy requires the use of reason and a willingness to compromise and to admit to being wrong.

Getting the Facts

Conservatives think opinion is more important than fact.

They’re wrong.

The writer will not give me a fact-based argument and so he is gonged.

Gong Show
You’ve been gonged!

Back to the spam folder with him.

Updated 2019: #ReadTheMuellerReport

The Mueller Report

 

Rob Goldstein (c) 2016

 

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#ManyPeopleAreSaying that Conservatives Make Stuff Up

The Example

This delicious piece of zany bigotry is in my spam folder.

The author takes up the challenge of citing sources.

I think he missed the ‘credible’ part of my criteria.

The comment illustrates everything that makes Trump’s supporters more frightening than Trump.

It also illustrates my earlier post on the topic of irrational arguments:

Dear Members of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy (about which Hillary was right).

I will dissect the central thesis of what I loosely call his argument.

Let’s start with this: “You see equality to be equal does in mater of fact remove the right[s] to have freedom and liberty. Would you be willing to give that up?”

So, if everyone is equal before the law someone has to give up a right?

Do you mean the right to abuse people you don’t like?

As for what I’d give up: I give up accepting the premise that you have the right to abuse me based on race, gender, and sexual orientation.

I give up tax dollars to restore funding to the public schools you voted to close so that you can learn to think with discipline and learn how to use spell check.

And this line: “Now transgenders will take away all freedom and liberty as it is doing right now in the United States of America.”

If transgenders are taking away all the freedom and liberty in the United States they are the most powerful women in the World!

And this: “The civil liberties union would like to do the very same thing, for their cause to enslave all of the United States of America in order to bring in Communism.”

Slavery and communism are the inevitable consequences of same-sex marriage?

Prove it.

And he tries:

“It is these reason why we must and have no other choice but to show you that the civil liberty union, transgender, same-sex marriage, liberals/democrats/Marxist/Communist/Socialist are all the same. My cite[s] are these three books. “The Defense of Wisconsin 2006 Marriage Amendment (Thesis) by Terry Virgil 07/09 /2014, What is wrong with Cal. Const. amend.chap.85. § § 221.5 (a)(b)(c)(d)(e)(f)? (Thesis) By Terry Virgil, Freedom and Liberty by Terry Virgil”

I won’t address equating liberalism and the democratic party with Marxism, communism and socialism.

I don’t even think he knows what these words mean.

He cites Terry Virgil.

Terry Virgil was a 2014 Libertarian candidate for District 13 of the Wisconsin State Senate. Virgil was removed from the candidate list for reasons unknown.

He has an Associates degree in Business Management

He is also a railroad conductor and small business owner who served in the Marines.

Terry Virgil is a member of the Libertarian Party.

I’m sure that he is an honorable man and I’m sorry that he follows a political
creed so toxic to the co-operative values essential to our survival as species.

But Terry Virgil’s opinions about the rights of LGBTQ people are not facts.

Opinions have no place when discussing matters of government and the law.

The President does not have to like LGBTQ people but he is obligated by the constitution to represent our interests.

Democracy requires the use of reason and a willingness to compromise and admit to being wrong.

It means being open to facts and being willing to look for them when using our franchise as citizens.

My problem with most arguments from so-called conservatives is that conservatives think opinion is more important than fact.

They twist the truth and promote universally discredited conspiracy theories.

The writer does not give me a fact-based argument and so he is gonged.

Back to the spam folder with him.

RG (c) 2016

 

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