NBC Faces Criticism for Clinton Cough Story
NBC News faced harsh criticism on Tuesday after they published an article about Hillary Clinton’s recent coughing fit.
The Hill reports:
The five-paragraph story, “Hillary Clinton Fights Back Coughing Attack,” noted that Clinton quickly turned the coughing issue into a dig at her GOP rival, Donald Trump.
Reporter Andrew Rafferty wrote:
“I’ve been talking so much,” Clinton said with a hoarse voice. “Every time I think about Trump, I get allergic.” …
The frog in Clinton’s throat on Monday was one of the most aggressive she’s had during her 2016 run and left her almost unable to finish her remarks.
Clinton traveling press secretary, Nick Merrill, slammed the report on Twitter, writing to Rafferty, “get a life.”
President Obama’s former speechwriter Jon Favreau did likewise, asking, “Is there anyone at NBC, or anywhere else, who’s willing to defend this story?”
MSNBC’s Ari Melber called it “one of the worst coughing fits” he had ever seen while anchoring coverage of Clinton’s Cleveland rally on Labor Day.
Clinton would later experience another coughing episode on her campaign plane while holding her first press conference with reporters since December 2015. The fit went on for so long that Clinton had to excuse herself to go to the front of the plane for water.
Fox News, which covered the press conference live, cut away from the live coverage aboard the plane as a result.
The Clinton campaign blamed the cough on allergies.
Trump, however, said the story wasn’t getting enough attention outside of social media.
“Mainstream media never covered Hillary’s massive ‘hacking’ or coughing attack, yet it is #1 trending. What’s up?” he tweeted.
Rafferty has been a political reporter for NBC News for almost four years and worked for NBC’s “Meet the Press” as a producer prior.