Former President Bill Clinton sat down with Charlie Rose for an interview that originally aired on Monday’s “CBS Evening News,” as can be seen in the video above.
After presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s health arose after her collapse at the 9/11 memorial on Sunday, Bill Clinton attempted to allay concerns that his wife was in serious ill health.
Bill Clinton ascribed her collapse on Sunday to “dehydration,” but the way that he initially described her collapse throws doubt on this explanation, and it was edited out of the initial cut for CBS Evening News.
Clinton’s comments, as reported in an article, “Bill Clinton: Hillary Clinton ‘doing fine’ after incident at 9/11 ceremony”:
“She’s doing fine, she was even better last night before she went to sleep. She had a good night’s sleep she’s doing fine,” he said. “We’ve gotten all these, as you might imagine, emails and text messages and calls. A friend of ours called and left a message today, that her husband had actually just been hospitalized for pneumonia apparently there’s a lot of it going around and a bunch of her staff has gotten sick. But she’s just doing fine. She just got dehydrated yesterday.”
But compare the way the ex-president’s comments were reported to what eventually aired:
The insertion of “frequently” by the former president in regards to his wife’s fainting spells was caught by Bill Clinton himself, and he attempted to correct his own remark. As reported by TMZ:
“… because frequently — well not frequently, rarely — but on more than one occasion, over the last many, many years, the same sort of thing happened to her when she got severely dehydrated.”
It may seem like such a small thing, the editing of three seconds out of an interview. But with the health of Hillary Clinton on so many voters’ minds, the difference between “frequently” and “rarely” is a mile wide, and maybe, just maybe, a few hundred thousand votes short.
UPDATE: CBS News reached out to us with a statement about the omission in the video:
The clip in question from former President Clinton’s interview with Charlie Rose ran in its entirety on CBS THIS MORNING, CBSNews.com and on CBSN, CBS News’ 24/7 digital streaming news service. One clip that ran on CBS Evening News was edited purely for time while on deadline for the live broadcast.