RUSH: This was PBS Charlie Rose last night. They had a fill-in host Andrew Ross Sorkin, and he was speaking with little Brian Stelter. Little Brian, he’s the media analysis guy at CNN. He’s the Howard Kurtz of CNN. He’s got a show on CNN called Reliable Sources.
They have him on during the day to opine and explain to everybody what’s happening in the media and how the media is treating people, why they’re treating people certain way and how some people do well in the media and why some people don’t. He’s the media expert. And so the guest host last night, Andrew Ross Sorkin, said, “There was a lot of speculation about Hillary Clinton’s health in the news media prior to her disclosure about [mild, noncontagious] pneumonia. Now, you called some of the speculation back then ‘reckless.'” He assigned it a bunch of conspiracy wackos and kooks. “Now that the news is out there,” that she does have pneumonia or something, “was it still reckless” for people to talk about her health this way?
Get this answer, folks…
STELTER: “Baskets” are a popular phrase. Let’s use, uh, “baskets” for this. There’s a basket of legitimate questioning about Hillary Clinton’s health, and some conservative commentators and media figures fit into that basket. They’re right to wonder a-a-about her health in some cases. Then there’s this other basket, the truly deplorable basket. Sean Hannity fits into it. So does Rush Limbaugh. These are people who bring up rumors and innuendo about Clinton’s health, and they’ve been doing it for years. I’m not saying Hannity or Limbaugh fit into this necessarily, but they… Some of these figures want her to be sick. They want her to be dying. They want her to be on her deathbed. It’s wishful thinking!
RUSH: Do you believe that? This is Little Brian Stelter at CNN. I don’t think… You’d have to correct me on this. I don’t think I ever weighed in substantively on Hillary’s mythical illnesses or not. I simply reported what I saw, the seizure-like behavior and all that. There are other people that were really, really focusing, really, really trying to point out she was really, really sick, and they were being attacked as conspiracy kooks — and they’ve all been vindicated.
And so since there’s vindication, what now happens? “Well, they — they — they really want her to die. They want her to get sick. They want her to be on her deathbed. Yeah!” And that is I guess CNN thinks this guy is a responsible commentator. I have to ask the office: Has Brian Stelter ever called her once to ask to speak to me for clarification on any of this? (interruption) You’ve never gotten a call from CNN saying that…? He contradicts himself here.
He says, “[S]ome conservative commentators and media figures fit into that basket. They’re right to wonder about her health in some cases. Then there’s this other basket, the truly deplorable basket. Sean Hannity fits into it. So does Rush Limbaugh. These are people who bring up rumors and innuendo… I’m not saying Hannity or Limbaugh fit into this…” Yes, you are. You’re specifically alleging, Brian, that we want her to be sick and…
Brian, you really need to research the transcripts of this program. If you do, you will find that I am the one person who started expressing concern for Mrs. Clinton in a number of areas, the most recent time when she had that four-minute coughing spasm. It was I who asked, “How could her staff do that to her and not send somebody out to rescue here? Who left her out to dry in that episode?” I was also the one who came to her defense when people started making snarky comments about who wants to watch an aging woman in the White House/Oval Office.
I don’t know how I get lumped… Well, I do know how I get lumped in. These people are lazy and they just assume that conservative leaders are reprobates or whatever they think of conservatism. Look, I know Sean Hannity. He doesn’t want anybody to die. What is this? This is… You know, it’s bottom-of-the-barrel stuff. Stelter doesn’t really know what to say. He doesn’t really know how to categorize what I think or Hannity.
So just (impression), “You know what? They’re deplorable! Hillary is right. They want her to die. They want to see her on her deathbed. They want her to get sick.” How do you know that? And just make a blanket statement like this! Brian’s the guy… Little Brian’s the one sounds like a basket case. What rumors have I talked about for years about Hillary’s health? What rumors did I create and spread? I don’t recall any. For years? My problem with Hillary Clinton has to do with what she believes. My problem with Hillary Clinton has to be totally and 100% policy related.
But I guess Brian’s at home. I mean, these are the people that also blamed me for the Oklahoma City bombing. Let’s not forget that. Bill Clinton himself, in all of his glory. So I guess these people must idolize the Clintons.