Fox News' Hill's take on newspaper article: "[S]omething about what Sen. Clinton said just sort of drove [Eisenberg] over the edge"

››› ››› JEREMY HOLDEN

During the December 3 edition of Fox News Live, while reporting on the arraignment of Leeland Eisenberg, the man accused of taking hostages at the Rochester, New Hampshire, presidential campaign office of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), host E.D. Hill reported that Eisenberg's wife "claim[ed] -- and this is according to the Sunday Citizen newspaper -- her husband had been binge drinking for three weeks and desperately wanted help with his problem." She added, "He claimed that he couldn't afford health care. And something about what Sen. Clinton said just sort of drove him over the edge. That's kind of what it appears to sound like." In fact, in a December 2 article, The Citizen of Laconia reported that Eisenberg's estranged wife, Lisa Eisenberg, "said her husband had been binge drinking for more than three weeks and 'ran out of options,' " and that Eisenberg "watched a televised campaign ad for Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton. In it, a man identified as Joe Ward tells viewers Clinton helped him get health insurance so his son could have a life-saving bone marrow transplant, Lisa Eisenberg said."

In that campaign advertisement, in which Ward discusses Clinton's assistance in getting the providing hospital to absorb the medical cost for his son's bone marrow transplant, Clinton's only statement is: "I'm Hillary Clinton, and I approve this message." In contrast to Hill's report that "something about what Sen. Clinton said just sort of drove [Eisenberg] over the edge," ABCNews.com reported:

Eisenberg apparently went to the Clinton office because he saw an ad on television, in which a New Hampshire man said Clinton helped him get health insurance.

Eisenberg told a family member he was going to do something to get in the hospital. The next day witnesses say he walked into the Clinton office, wearing what he said was a bomb, demanding to speak to the senator.

From the 2 p.m. ET hour of the December 3 edition of Fox News Live:

HILL: We know this now. That man, Leeland Eisenberg, the man who said that he was packing explosives when he showed up at a Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign headquarters -- excuse me -- campaign headquarters up in New Hampshire last Friday is going to be held on a half-million dollar bail.

And apparently what folks are saying is that this guy's had a history of mental issues and other things going on in his life. His wife had just filed for divorce. She claims -- and this is according to the Sunday Citizen newspaper -- her husband had been binge drinking for three weeks and desperately wanted help with his problem. He claimed that he couldn't afford healthcare. And something about what Sen. Clinton said just sort of drove him over the edge. That's kind of what it appears to sound like.

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