Monday, March 24, 2008

Hillary a liar? Who would have guessed?

Hillary's Problem with the Truth

To the dismay of some Hillary Clinton supporters, has noted a disturbing trend in the candidate’s handling of the truth, as she and her advisers have exaggerated her accomplishments and sometimes distorted Barack Obama’s words.

The Washington Post reached a similar conclusion in awarding Sen. Clinton the maximum of “four Pinocchios” for telling a “whopper” in her claims about derring-do during her 1996 trip to war-torn Bosnia.

Sen. Clinton claimed to have undertaken the mission to Bosnia when it was considered too dangerous for her husband, then-President Bill Clinton.

In a speech at George Washington University on March 17, Clinton elaborated further: “I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of greeting ceremony at the [Tuzla] airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into vehicles to get to our base.”

In a fact-checking article on March 22, the Post’s Michael Dobbs concluded that “Clinton's tale of landing at Tuzla airport ‘under sniper fire’ and then running for cover is simply not credible. Photographs and video of the arrival ceremony, combined with contemporaneous news reports, tell a very different story.”

Comedian Sinbad, who along with singer Sheryl Crow accompanied the then-First Lady, said the "scariest" part of the trip was deciding where to eat.

In recent weeks, we also have noted the Clinton campaign’s tendency to stretch reality beyond what is normal for most politicians, although arguably within the flexible standards set by the Bush administration. [See, for instance, “Clinton’s Up-Is-Down World” and “Clinton’s Child-Health Hype.”]

As for the other two candidates, we have observed that John McCain has demonstrated his own problems with the truth [see “Is John McCain a Liar?”] and that Barack Obama has struggled with questions about hypocrisy [see “Obama’s Dubious Praise for Reagan” and “Obama’s Sub-Prime Conflict”].

Original article posted here.

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