Clinton Campaign Unloads On NBC For Covering Hillary's "Coughing Attack"

Tyler Durden's picture

With questions about Hillary's health permeating much of the fringe media over the past month, if mostly absent from the mainstream coverage, yesterday's not one but two dramatic coughing fits by Hillary, promptly blamed on Cleveland's pollen levels (we showed earlier that Cleveland pollen was actually moderate, and is absent from the inside of a hermetically sealed airplane), led to another frenzy of inquiries: what exactly is wrong with her?

It also led to a furious response by the Clinton campaign at an unwitting recipient: NBC News, which "dared" to cover the story (even if, as we first reported, MSNBC ultimately cut its live feed of Clinton's Cleveland coughing fit).

As The Hill first wrote, NBC News is "facing harsh criticism" from Hillary Clinton's campaign and her supporters for publishing one article on the Democratic presidential nominee's coughing fit.  Lest there be any confusion, the 91-word report, had virtually no commentary aside from reporting the facts, which included her quote that she is "allergic to Donald Trump." This is all that it said:

 Hillary Clinton struggled to fight back a coughing fit while campaigning in Cleveland, Ohio, on Monday.


"I've been talking so much," Clinton said with a hoarse voice. "Every time I think about Trump, I get allergic."


The former secretary of state has suffered from coughing fits at times throughout the Democratic presidential primary.


However the frog in Clinton's throat on Monday was one of the most aggressive she's had during her 2016 run and left her almost unable to finish her remarks.


After the event, campaign aides attributed it to allergies.

In other words, Hillary's campaign was angry at NBC for reporting what millions of people saw on live TV, or in other words, the facts. However, in this particular case, the facts were less than palatable to Clinton's campaign and supports who promptly attacked if not the message then the messnger. Clinton traveling press secretary, Nick Merrill, slammed the report on Twitter, writing to Rafferty, “get a life.”

Obama's former speechwriter Jon Favreau did likewise, asking, “Is there anyone at NBC, or anywhere else, who's willing to defend this story?”

Clinton's running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), described questions about Clinton's health as "idiotic" in an ABC News interview.

The surreal crackdown on reporting hit when none other than Joan Walsh, former Salon editor, slammed CNN for also covering the "coughing attack", saying this is how "right wing smears get into the MSM bloodstream"...

... before she was promptly reminded that she herself did the exact same "smearing" with John McCain's health in 2008.


Yet ironically, it was Ari Melber - an anchor for MSNBC anchor, a channel which has been firmly in Hillary's camp - who called it "one of the worst coughing fits" he had ever seen, something which prevented Hillary's entourage from accusing the GOP of creating yet another vast right wing conspiracy. Even more ironic, Fox News, which also covered the press conference live, cut away from the live coverage aboard the plane as a result.


But while the Clinton campaign was bashing NBC for bringing the public's attention to what may be a legitimate health issue, Trump was criticizing the media for not covering Hillary Clinton's coughing fit.

"Mainstream media never covered Hillary's massive 'hacking' or coughing attack, yet it is #1 trending," the GOP presidential nominee tweeted Tuesday. "What's up?"


While mainstream media may not have covered it - except for the abovementioned 91-word crticized report on NBC - social media was on fire with a discussion over Hillary's health, where #HackingHillary became the top Twitter trend in the country following the incident. The hashtag was also trending on Facebook and was at the top in the politics category as of Tuesday morning.

Ultimately, the media frenzy culminated in an article written by the WaPo's Chris Cilizza who concluded that "the questions about Hillary Clinton's health are absurd"...


... a statement which could pass for absurd judging by the Clinton campaign's furious response to demonize any member of the mainstream who dares to even bring them up.

In itself, the article could have been simply ignored, but what was more troubling is that in his conclusion, the author advocates doing what he has accused Trump himself of doing: engaging in press censorship, and ignoring an issue which is clearly very relevant to tens of millions of Americans, namely the health of their potential future president. To wit:

Beyond the Clinton conspiracy theorists who believe she had something to do with Vince Foster's death and that she was secretly responsible for everything from Y2K to the SpaceX explosion last week, it's hard to plausibly insist, based on the available data, that Clinton is ill. Aside from the doctor's note, she keeps a very rigorous schedule for a 68-year-old — traveling all over the country to raise money and campaign. (For the past month, she's done a lot more raising money than campaigning.)


To believe that something is seriously wrong with Clinton, you have to a) assume her doctor lied and b) that her coughing, which often happens when someone catches a cold or spends a lot of time speaking publicly, is a symptom of her deeper, hidden illness.


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The simple fact is that there is zero evidence that anything is seriously wrong with Clinton.  If suffering an occasional coughing fit is evidence of a major health problem, then 75 percent of the country must have that mystery illness. And I am one of them.


What Trump cannot — or, at least, should not — do is continue to engage with these wacky theories that emerge out of the fever swamps on the very fringe of the conservative movement. Every single person who believes in the Clinton health conspiracy is already for Trump. What he needs to do is find ways to reach voters who have doubts about him but may carry even graver doubts about Clinton's ability to do the job in an honest and transparent way.


Clinton's botched handling of her private email server, the questions raised by the Clinton Foundation's foreign donors — these are ripe issues for Trump to make a case against Clinton. Every second he or his surrogates spend talking about Clinton's health is a lost moment for his campaign. And with 63 days left until the election, he simply can't afford that.

To be sure, if the Clinton's campaign has its way and manages to shame anyone from the mainstream into suppressing any future coverage of Hillary's health and upcoming coughing fits - whether due to allergies or otherwise - it would be the functional equivalent of censorship, or allowing the media organizations, and their corporate shareholders, to determine what the general public should or should not know.

Oh, and speaking of shaming Chris, some of us remember:

Peak hypocricy aside, the best resolution to the "Hillary health issue" at this point is to avoid any future coughing fits (due to pollen... inside a sealed airplane) or any other unexplained health emergencies. With 63 days until November 8, it shouldn't be too difficult, unless there just happens to be a problem, which has been the issue all along.

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EscapeKey's picture

Fucking hypocrite.

They went after McCain in 2008, and now expect to dodge the same treatment.


Latina Lover's picture

When the enemy is telling Trump to focus on anything other than her health, we know he is right on target. Besides, it is amusing to hear Hillary cough up Huma's pubic hairball.

InjectTheVenom's picture

>>>  allergies   OR

>>>   Huma twat hair stuck in throat

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

You've got to wonder how the MSM will cover it when Hillary hacks up a lung or two. "Elect Hillary. She cured her own cancer!"

NoDebt's picture

It was HER fucking rally.  Do you think the whole thing would have been broadcast live if the Clinton machine hadn't demanded it in the first place??  If you didn't want speculation about your health then don't splatter your phlegm all over the fucking TV in the first place, you fucking cunt.


nope-1004's picture

Every defense of a cover up requires an ad hominen personal attack against the party revealing the cover up, never addressing the cover up itself.

Illary just proved here she's hiding something big.


Manthong's picture

Well, gee…

I would not hire a janitor or a landscaper that exhibited that kind of chronic malady.


On the other hand,

If it was it was near closing time in the bar and if I had a dozen Black Jacks in me  and she was sitting at the end of the bar hacking away..

Well, that is a different case altogether.


and I wonder..

“the frog in Clinton's throat “

Was that a “frog” or George Soros’s male member she was gagging on?

oops.. my bad... off to the woodshed with me.

Nylsaar's picture

They don't make that much whiskey.

nuubee's picture

You can't un-see the spewing of green chunks into her water.

Whoa Dammit's picture

Hill The Cat. Ack! Bleech! Thbbft!

Old Bill The Cat at the debates comic strip:


She also went off on a reporter today who asked if Chelsea should stay on with the Clinton Foundation. 

Visibly angry, Clinton interjected, 'I've said over and over again, doesn't matter how many times you ask me, and how you ask me. These issues will be decided after the election, and we will decide the appropriate way forward.'

tc06rtw's picture

 …  olives  from her  Three Martini Lunch

californiagirl's picture

There are a lot of much more serious reasons for coughing than allergies. More serious interstitial lung diseases affect the absorption of oxygen into the blood and can cause hypoxia. Interstitial diseases also  cause buildup of mucous in the lungs, which needs to be coughed out or the person cannot breath.  Looking at someone's fingernails is a telltale sign. Has anyone gotten a close up look at Hillary’s nails, assuming she does not keep them painted? They would have a blue-purplish tinge and would be kept fairly short because hypoxia tends to cause fingernails to curl down the longer they get.

Manthong's picture

“A person coughed”

Ok, put me in a room with those lib-tard socialist perverts.

So what is the difference between a person coughing and a chronic and persistent hacking from the person you support to be in close proximity to the leaders that control the planets fate?

Since you socially perverted anti-Constitutionalists are all medical professionals… produce a competent diagnosis of all of her public appearance aberrations NOW.


jeff montanye's picture

what is important about this story is not why she is coughing, etc. but that the stories about it are attacked by the clinton campaign and, more importantly, by democratic party media outlets such as cnbc, huffpo, paul krugman, etc.

unlike many, many evil things hillary clinton as done which make her a very poor choice for president, this not-evil thing is easy to see and hear, right up there with naked emperors.  and everyone pretty much agrees the country needs a president who can speak and is relatively healthy.

it is a wonderful teaching moment for the myriad of voters who pay next to no attention to these matters: it shows them how unreliable and deeply biased so many news outlets are.

that donald trump will never catch a break from the news media, except for fringe outlets like present company, may actually work for him in times like these, especially with so many reporters, etc. saying that she is ok, it's not important and no one should ask the question. 

bigkahuna's picture

Strange guy holding the injector pen for shill:

Oladotun A. Okunola, M.D.

Dr. Okunola joins the prestigious Neurology group, Neuroscience Center of Northern New Jersey, to provide a variety of specialized care. He specializes in epilepsy, clinical neurophysiology, and sleep medicine.

Dr. Okunola completed medical school at Howard University College of Medicine. He stayed and completed his internship and neurology residency at Howard University Hospital, Washington, DC. He received fellowship training in epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology at Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC. He also completed a sleep medicine fellowship at Norwalk Hospital, Connecticut.

As part of his fellowship training in clinical neurophysiology/epilepsy, he focused on intraoperative and epilepsy monitoring; EEG and EMG. As a sleep specialist, he diagnoses and treats sleep related disorders such as daytime sleepiness (hypersomnolence), insomnia, narcolepsy, obstructive, central, and complex sleep apnea, etc.

Dr. Okunola is board-certified in both adult neurology and clinical neurophysiology. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Neurology.

August's picture

I don't doubt that many brilliant, cutting-edge docs complete their (intensely competetive) neurology residencies at Howard, and then go on to advanced training in sleep and seizure medicine.... It's just that I've never met one.

jeff montanye's picture

utterly, totally.  this needs to go viral at a somewhat slow clip.  she needs to be the candidate that slowly disintegrates, coming to a paroxysm around halloween and election day, too late to change the ballots.

i'm convinced it's parkinson's disease but of course i have no expertise.

watch and decide for yourself.

janus's picture


great video.  i wasn't sure of her condition until watching it.  this dr. lays out an unimpeachable argument.  most definitely parkinson's disease.

thanks for the link,


CuttingEdge's picture

Great link, thx.

Begs the question: Was whoever is pulling the levers in Hillary's brain (and the media), and has a hell of a lot invested in her, aware of the Parkinsons before the Assange leak?

They gonna be mighty disappointed with her if that is not the case - air crash maybe? Two for one to make Bill's little paedophilia problem disappear?

Methinks these head-to-heads ain't gonna happen, one way or another.

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WillyGroper's picture

on many things, yes...maybe.

not all parkinson's patients have tremors.

i have only my experience to draw from caring for me mum till the end.

she did lose consciousness during seizures & for 8 days at the end with 1 brief awakening after spraying ice water into her mouth.

the gait is a real tell.  they shuffle like they're wearing lead shoes...that was the 1st sign in my mother.  she fell & broke her hip.

absolutely no heels, not even 2".

helliary is wearing them in the step navigation pic.

i have noticed her wearing more flats as of late.

another thing is her voice, especially in the advanced dyskinesia swallowing stages.   they mumble.  you cannot understand a thing they say.

here's a neurosurgeons pov.  he does not speak kindly as to emf soup we're living in as the physician had to heal himself.  fascinating blog.


Manthong's picture

"a lot of much more serious reasons for coughing than allergies."

..the thing I like about being here is not just the opportunity spout off, but the valuable education presented.

I have a few relatives and associates whose finger nails I will observe.


californiagirl's picture

There are autoimmune diseases that that attack the lungs due to antigens that are breathed into the lungs. These are fairly rare. However, cases tend to manifest is people who already have other autoimmune diseases such as Lupus or Hashimoto's. Because the attack of the immune system continues until the antigen is identified and eliminated from the air the person breathes, the scarring in the lung tissue continues to progress and inflammation and coughing become worse. People with such diseases are often misdiagnosed as having asthma  or allergies.  Unfortunately the drugs that are prescribed for allergies  and asthma often can spur the immune system to strengthen its attacks and so pulmonary fibrosis can be significant by the time a proper specialist is seen and a  correct diagnosis is made, hence symptoms like hypoxia, weakness, exhaustion, dizziness, etc., become worse..  We already know that Hillary has hypothyroidism and is taking Armour medication, which is common amongst people who have Hashimoto's autoimmune disease. The reason a person may do better on Armour than one of the synthetic big pharmacy drugs such as Synthroid, is that Armour contains both T3 and T4 hormones. Synthroid only contains T4. For people whose thyroid is more seriously affected, the conversion of T4 to T3 can no longer occur. Hashimoto's can also progress beyond attacking the thyroid, to the adrenals and pituitary glands. 


If she has a serious lung disease, her condition will continue to deteriorate. 

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


If she has a serious lung disease, her condition will continue to deteriorate.

No, no, come on, it's nothing serious. She's just slightly allergic to cancer pollen, that's all. The only thing she needs is a seasonal adjustment.

jeff montanye's picture

try parkinson's disease and the side effects of l-dopa, the only medicine that treats it really.

again, i've seen one video, above, but it's pretty dang convincing.

of course she could have parkinson's and . . . .

but i doubt she's got syphilis; that's pretty easy to cure.

fight on krugman.  let her be the nominee to the election.  

she's toast.

if you can't vote for trump, vote for jill stein.  she's not a killer and she's a woman who can speak and walk up stairs.

californiagirl's picture

You can hear in this video that she has a productive cough. She is coughing up mucus.

modric's picture

"They would have a blue-purplish tinge and would be kept fairly short because hypoxia tends to cause fingernails to curl down the longer they get."


just like a witch dont you know.

beemasters's picture

I can't wait for the Clinton campaign to come after ZH.

Manthong's picture


It will probably happen.
So how many Russians will they say are on the ZH payroll?

Y'know.. that's an idea.

Tylers, how's about youse guys start doing some posts in Russian?

I would like to start learning the language.

...and it would drive the neo-lib-cons nuts.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


Tylers, how's about youse guys start doing some posts in Russian?

I would like to start learning the language.

...and it would drive the neo-lib-cons nuts.

Unfortunately, for some reason this site does not support the ISO 8859-5 (Latin/Cyrillic) character set.


Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Hillary Nixton should remember that the fallout from the coverup of the Watergate Hotel burglary was worse than the fallout from the burglary itself.

Clashfan's picture

burglary of course was about JFK hit

drendebe10's picture

"You have to to elect me to find out what I'm going to do."   Pfffffttttt

tc06rtw's picture

 She will not remember to take the toothpicks out first.

Dizzy Malscience's picture

It’s not about the whiskey.

It’s about the progressive lowering of standards until a broken person is groveling in the gutter.

In other words, the liberal Democrat agenda.

jeff montanye's picture

if by acts not words, not liberal: bankster and mossad/likud zionist

janus's picture

gotta love the not-so-veiled threat from joan, "this is how institutions fail."  Very stalinesque of you, joan.  Why not start issuing death-threats?  

MSM, careful what you wish for.  hillary is pure evil.  Even an accidental slight could land you in a gulag -- or coffin.  Trump has no 'machine'; he hasn't built a network of lackeys and operatives; and he wont' exert undue influence over your editors.  Think about it, msm, not only will your life, property and freedom remain secure, but you'll be able to do something you've never had a chance to do: report the news.  Aren't you lousy sluts weary of being used to advance this fatuous propaganda?  It was one thing when you were fretful as a teeny-bopper at the prospect of not being invited to the right parties, now it's a matter of 'institutions failing' at the behest of a vindictive old witch.  And you may just get shot four times in the back walking home from a bar if you don't fluff hrc to her satisfaction. 

This bitch is dying...and a dying beast takes down everything in its vicinity.

Oh, joan...almost forgot about you.  It's veiled threats like those that get 'reporters' exiled to desks in gabon to cover the maize harvest when the tides turn.  

Also, joan, isn't it neat how you're only relevant when we 'alt-righters' include you in our dialogue?  Otherwise, you just sit at home and remain an irrelevant, calorie counting, bloating, cramping has-been waiting to be invited to the right parties like some fretful teeny-bopper.  You bitches in the MSM really do make the case for feminism...only, not the case you're hoping to make.


jeff montanye's picture

most of the real decision makers are crony capitalists or likud zionists or both.  they like what they get.  and they hire people who will like it.  when they stop liking it, they stop working.  and, as you mention, in some select cases, breathing.

Scuba Steve's picture

And I'd recognize a lesbian witch hacking phelegm vs. a smoke cough from an old sea whore a mile away .... if you dont you should be hanging the ol nuts up and getting out of the game.



Mr Pink's picture

If I had a dozen whiskeys and saw that pig at the end of the bar I would walk over club her in the skull with my beer bottle and stab her in the eye with the broken end