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NBC scraps Juanita Broaddrick story of Hillary covering up Bill’s rape; not newsworthy enough

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Since 1999 Juanita Broaddrick has claimed that former President Bill Clinton raped her when she worked for him in 1978. A claim she repeated on Twitter last week.

Broaddrick also asserted that his wife, and current Democratic presidential front-runner, Hillary Clinton helped him cover it up.

Following her tweet last Wednesday, NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell and a group of fellow NBC reporters interviewed Broaddrick but decided not to go ahead with the story.

“When Juanita Broaddrick went public last week, NBC News sent an associate producer to Arkansas to see if there was anything new in her story. We established there was not, and decided not to pursue it any further,” a spokesman for NBC told Buzzfeed News.

Broaddrick however, painted a different picture to the Daily Caller.

Broaddrick told The Daily Caller that during her conversation with Mitchell, the veteran reporter mentioned wanting to get a camera crew to Arkansas to film an interview. But she also recorded their phone interview which Broaddrick says Mitchell “really wanted…for evening news.”

After that, the producer called Broaddrick saying that she would be flying to Arkansas and hoped to meet for coffee to discuss another interview.

Broaddrick initially declined the request and referred the producer to the 1999 “Dateline” segment.

But as emails obtained by The DC show, the producer was persistent about meeting with Broaddrick and said she was “passionate” about her story.

“I do think there is something extremely important in your decision to tweet today in this particular political climate,” the producer said in an email to Broaddrick before adding that she’s part of “a new generation of NBC here who has the opportunity to meet someone who’s [sic] story is one I am passionate about!” the Daily caller revealed.

Broaddrick told Buzzfeed that Mitchell only appeared to be interested in her interaction with Hillary Clinton weeks after the alleged rape, and then only to be defensive of the former secretary of state.

“She asked me about my meeting with Mrs. Clinton in 1978. That’s the only thing she was interested in,” she said. “She didn’t want to go into anything else. And when I told her, she seemed she was being very defensive of Mrs. Clinton.”

“I just want you to know how much Bill and I appreciate what you do for him,” Broaddrick said Mrs. Clinton told her before grabbing her hand and saying “Do you understand? Everything that you do.”

According to Broaddrick, Mitchell asked her how she knew what Hillary Clinton meant by those comments.

“You had to have been there. I knew what Mrs. Clinton was trying to say,” she said she told Mitchell.

“I really felt bad with how she was questioning me, she wanted to know what I thought and then right in the middle of it to question my sincerity. That hurt my feelings,” she told Buzzfeed.

Broaddrick said she was stunned by NBC’s decision to not run the story after they practically begged her for the interview.

“I never said I had anything new to offer. What I said on Twitter is what I said in 1999,” she told Buzzfeed. “After chasing me for a few days, then to say I had nothing new to offer. I was just shocked.”

Watch part of Broaddrick’s original interview with dateline NBC circa 1999.

Carmine Sabia


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