The MSM has descended full throttle into the controversy over Hillary Clinton’s 1996 trip to Bosnia, generated by the video above which demonstrates the inconsistencies between the former first lady’s account of her experience and what actually appears to have happened.
Last night, CBS took it one step further (below left), with a reporter who accompanied Clinton on the trip confirming the inconsistencies. Keith Olbermann also pointed out that the disparity between Clinton’s account and that of her companion, the comedian Sinbad, as well as the actual footage, may not have drawn as much attention had the argument that she’s a candidate with more experience not been serving as “a major point in Clinton’s narrative.”
Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson said on Monday that Clinton may have “misspoke,” a sentiment repeated later by the candidate herself.
The NYT reports: “The backpedaling was a rare instance of Mrs. Clinton’s acknowledging an error, and she did so on a sensitive issue: She has cited her ‘strength and experience’ since the start of the presidential race, framing her 80 trips abroad as first lady as preparation for dealing with foreign affairs as president. That argument was behind her campaign’s ‘red phone’ commercial, which cast her as best able to handle a crisis. Mrs. Clinton corrected herself at a meeting with the Philadelphia Daily News editorial board; she did not explain why she had misspoken, but only admitted it and then offered a less dramatic description. Mrs. Clinton said she had been told ‘that we had to land a certain way and move quickly because of the threat of sniper fire,’ not that actual shots were being fired. ‘So I misspoke,’ she said.”
UPDATE — Clinton says she erred on Bosnia story: “So I made a mistake. That happens. It shows I’m human, which for some people is a revelation.”
Clinton Camp: Hillary Misspoke About Her Role In Bosnia [huffington post]
Clinton Says She ‘Misspoke’ About Dodging Sniper Fire [nyt]
Hillary Clinton’s Walter Mitty Moment [daily kos]
Lies and Lying Liars [slog]
“That is what happened” revisited [americablog]