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CBS News on Bill Clinton edit controversy: Change made ‘purely for time’

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CBS News has responded to a controversial edit of a Charlie Rose interview with former President Bill Clinton that did cut out his comment that Hillary Clinton “frequently” fainted in the past.

{mosads}”The clip in question from former President Clinton’s interview with Charlie Rose ran in its entirety on CBS THIS MORNING, and on CBSN, CBS News’ 24/7 digital streaming news service,” the network said in a statement.

“One clip that ran on CBS Evening News was edited purely for time while on deadline for the live broadcast.”

The former president sat down with Rose on late Monday afternoon to try to clear the air regarding his wife’s health, after she nearly collapsed while getting into a van after leaving a 9/11 memorial ceremony early on Sunday. 

Rose asked the former president if Clinton suffered from mere dehydration or if her condition was something more serious. 

“Well, if it is, then it’s a mystery to me and all of her doctors,” Bill Clinton said. “Frequently — well, not frequently, rarely, on more than one occasion, over the last many, many years, the same sort of thing’s happened to her when she got severely dehydrated, and she’s worked like a demon, as you know, as secretary of State, as a senator and in the year since.”

CBS News said the edit was made because of time constraints. It takes 1.9 seconds for Bill Clinton to say “frequently — not frequently.” 

No other edits appear to have be made to the two versions of the interview mentioned in the CBS statement.



The discrepancy also extends to the transcripts. 

The Hill checked the one provided to this publication on Monday of the Clinton interview, and the word “frequently” was missing.

However, the “CBS This Morning” transcript does include the “frequently” portion of Bill Clinton’s comment. 

In a follow up, CBS News would not comment on the record regarding the different transcripts.  

Hillary Clinton is still recovering from pneumonia, but is expected to rejoin the campaign trail later this week. 

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