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Hillary Clinton's Recall of Bosnia Trip Scrutinized

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]

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  1. JIMMYBOYO:

    you are being annoying. on purpose, right?

    Posted by: nic | Mar 26, 2008 1:21:50 AM


  2. JB, I have no plans to support Obama as of yet, but thanks for the recommendation. I have no doubts that he will be the nominee, but simply because I voted and supported Hillary does not mean I should or will vote or support Obama.

    Posted by: Britton | Mar 26, 2008 10:35:25 AM


  3. And this matters why? Yawn.

    When is Obama's next $22,000 donation to Wright?

    Posted by: rrgg | Mar 26, 2008 8:39:51 PM


  4. Everyone should have figured it out by now that Andy Towle is supporting Barack Obama. You can pretty much tell by what gets posted or how it is inferred. Towleroad is not alone. For example, if anyone watches the "Situation Room" with Wolf Blitzer, you can tell Jack Cafferty also supports Barack Obama. It's just in the delivery and the direction of the conversation, just like how certain things are posted here. If you are a Hillary supporter, you might notice the posts about her have a slight negative tone, and the Obama posts have a positive tone.

    Posted by: MP | Mar 27, 2008 4:22:09 AM


  5. Dear MP:

    Um, so?

    Posted by: PC | Mar 27, 2008 7:49:47 AM


  6. Every time a candidate, dem and rep alike, says something not 100% perfect it's a goddamned tempest in a teacup. This campaign has gone on too long already, and there seems to be this unrealistic expectation that the candidates must be spot on 24-7. They've all said and done some dumb shit, and so have we all -- c'est la vie.

    That said, I'm deeply concerned that this wedge issue of fact vs fiction is obscuring the more important issue, which is the refocusing of the media spotlight on Sinbad and what we can all do to make revive his career.

    Posted by: Christopher | Mar 29, 2008 1:57:54 PM


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