ABC: Bill Clinton told 4 8 lies in only 23 words about Hillary

UPDATE: That would be 8 lies.

From ABC:

Former president Bill Clinton is the latest to hand out a juicy fib — circling back to Bosnia to cram four falsehoods into 23 words: His wife, he said, “one time late at night when she was exhausted, misstated and immediately apologized for it, what happened to her in Bosnia in 1995.”

Where to start? If his telling is accurate, it depends on what the definition of “one time,” “late at night,” and “immediately apologized” is. (And it was 1996, not 1995.)

“Hillary Clinton actually made the comments numerous times, including at an event in Iowa on Dec. 29, and an event on Feb. 29 and one time — bright and early in the morning — on March 17,” ABC’s Sarah Amos and Eloise Harper report.

“Sen. Clinton wasn’t as quick with her apology as President Clinton may remember either. In fact, it took a week for her to eventually correct herself, first talking to the Philadelphia Inquirer editorial board on March 24 and again apologizing the next day in Greensboro, N.C.”

Politifact.com gave Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s handling of the matter the dreaded “pants on fire” designation.

ABC’s Jake Tapper counts up a total of eight different misstatements/exaggerations in his telling of the tale on Thursday.

AP is now on the story as well. This isn’t good. It’s also rather dumb. Bill Clinton has become a lightning rod for controversy. He’s the last person the campaign should be using in public, for anything, let alone to push revisionist talking points that everyone knows aren’t true. It’s not clear who on the Clinton campaign came up with the bright idea to lie about Hillary’s Bosnia lie, and claim that she only said it once, but it’s not clear who’s the bigger moron – the person who came up with the lie, or the person who agreed to say it.


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