CNN's Michael Smerconish: “I Am Profoundly Disappointed” In Giuliani For Pushing Conspiracy Theories About Hillary Clinton’s Health
Smerconish: "It's Unhealthy For Us As A Society And Electorate To All Play Armchair Physician And Go On And Make Some Diagnoses"
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From the August 22 edition of CNN's New Day:
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JOHN BERMAN (CO-HOST): I want to ask you about one of Donald Trump’s supporters, a guy who I think may line up with where your politics has been, at least in the past, Michael. Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City here, who was spreading trafficking innuendo about Hillary Clinton’s health this week. And there have been rumors that she’s unhealthy. There have been videos posted and doctored online, saying “Look at this, she has health issues.” This is what Mayor Giuliani said.
RUDY GIULIANI: She has an entire media empire that constantly demonizes Donald Trump. Fails to point out several signs of illness by her. All you got to do is go online. All you have to do is --
SHANNON BREAM: Her campaign and a number of people defending her saying there's nothing factual to the claims about her health, and that that's speculation at best.
GIULIANI: So go online and put down" Hillary Clinton illness," take a look at the videos for yourself.
BERMAN: Mayor Giuliani, Michael, there saying, "Go online, find out for yourself, you can see this stuff."
MICHAEL SMERCONISH: I have tremendous respect for Mayor Giuliani's leadership on September 11 and in the immediate aftermath for New York City. I've had the pleasure of being in his company, talking about some of the ways in which he approached that job. I am profoundly disappointed to hear him say what he just said about going online. And John, here's what popped into my head. It was the day that my daughter came home from high school and raised with me loose change. Don't know whether those words mean anything to you, but it's this internet bunk about how 9/11 was an inside job. Does Rudy, of all people, want us going online and searching the internet and drawing conclusions? Man, I hope not.
ALISYN CAMEROTA (CO-HOST): Michael, I mean isn't this just illustrative of where we are with this race, that there are times that it's a fact-free zone? And with the internet, you know the old adage, that you're entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts. With the internet, you're entitled to your own facts because everybody can go on there and find whatever nugget they want to cling to. And that's what we've seen time and again with this entire campaign.
SMERCONISH: That's not necessarily a good thing though and I'm not going to embrace it. I think it's unhealthy for us as a society and electorate to all play armchair physician and go on and make some diagnoses. You made reference earlier in the program to the AP reporter who said, “Wait a minute, with regard to one of these snippets, I was there, that's just not the way that it went on.” Alisyn, somebody could take the video that you and I are creating right now, put it online later, and I'm sure make me out to be a madman. I just don't want people drawing conclusions from that sort of thing.