My goodness - even the Times feels obliged to run this AP story, albeit with a buried lead:
Clinton Says,' I'm Feeling Great'; Had Left 9/11 Event Early
NEW YORK — Hillary Clinton unexpectedly left Sunday's 9/11 anniversary ceremony in New York after feeling "overheated," according to her campaign, and retreated to her daughter's nearby apartment. As she exited the apartment shortly before noon, Clinton said, "I'm feeling great."
Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said in a statement that the Democratic presidential nominee attended the morning ceremony for 90 minutes "to pay her respects and greet some of the families of the fallen.
"During the ceremony, she felt overheated so departed to go to her daughter's apartment, and is feeling much better," Merrill said.
The statement offered no additional details, including whether the 68-year-old Clinton required medical attention. A senior law enforcement official who was briefed on the matter said that after leaving the memorial plaza, Clinton was observed "fainting" in a departure area.
That official spoke on condition of anonymity, because he wasn't authorized to disclose information publicly.
Wow, what? She fainted yet again? It's only one source, but still...
The Twitterverse has video of Hillary stumbling and maybe fainting as she enters what looks like a hearse. Prior to the swoon an aide is bracing Hillary under her left arm while they wait for the car, so one presumes Hillary had complained about, or displayed, wobbliness.
As metaphors for her campaign go, I would say this is just about perfect - Dems will prop her up and drag her across the finish line whatever it takes.
BTW, I see right through this - the fainting spell is meant to distract us from her deplorable disdain for a huge slice of the American public.
I do love this coverage of our watchdog press:
Clinton's departure from the event was not witnessed by the reporters who travel with her campaign, which did not offer any information about why she left and her whereabouts for more than an hour. The campaign also did not take reporters in the motorcade after Clinton's departure from her daughter's apartment, and it was unclear where she was headed from there.
If she was headed off to a medical facility that would explain the secrecy.
THE TIMES VERSION: Timesfolk Jonathan Martin and Amy Chozick give their version. Some snippets:
Hillary Clinton, Feeling ‘Overheated,’ Leaves 9/11 Ceremony
Mrs. Clinton had arrived at the commemoration event around 8 a.m. and left at about 9:30. But for over an hour after that, her campaign would not offer any information about why she left early or where she was.
Video from the event taken by an attendee captured Mrs. Clinton struggling to steady herself and then stumbling as she stepped off a curb. She required assistance from two Secret Service agents to get into her van. The video, which was posted on Twitter, immediately ricocheted across the internet.
The word "faint" does not appear in their story. Yes, the question of whether she fainted is speculative, but it would have been be easy enough to quote someone offering that description if these "reporters" were so inclined.
So how hot was it?
Mrs. Clinton had arrived at the commemoration event around 8 a.m. and left at about 9:30. ...
Temperatures were in the low 80s on Sunday morning in New York, with considerable humidity.
We hear from a senior Republican also in attendance:
Other attendees at the event said afterward that Mrs. Clinton did not appear ill when she first arrived at the former site of the World Trade Center.
“She seemed fine,” said Representative Peter T. King, Republican of New York, who recalled greeting and speaking briefly with the former secretary of state around 8:30 a.m.
But about an hour later there was a minor commotion, Mr. King said. A number of New York’s current and former elected officials had been standing in silence as the names of the victims of the attacks were read. Suddenly, Mrs. Clinton, herself a former New York senator, left her position.
Mr. King said it was hot enough that officials working at the event offered the dignitaries bottles of water as they stood. But he noted that he did not see anybody accept a bottle.
NOT HELPING HERSELF:
Hillary brushes off talk of medical issues:
Asked whether she was concerned such questions about her health would affect the election, as the polls have tightened, Mrs. Clinton said, “I’m not concerned about the conspiracy theories. There are so many of them I’ve lost track of them.”
I guess she has lost track of the theory that the concussion has impaired her memory.