CBS News announced that Bill Clinton’s verbal slip up about his wife’s health was cut out of an interview for the sake of time.
“Rarely, on more than one occasion, over the last many, many years, the same sort of thing’s happened to her,” he said in the video clip. Later, it was revealed that the clip was edited and Clinton had begun by saying “frequently.”
“Because frequently,” he said, according to the CBS website, before he caught himself, “well not frequently, rarely…”
CBS News said the edit, which was covered by a shot of Rose during the interview, was done “purely for time.”
CBS News: Bill Clinton comment about wife “frequently” having health episodes was edited out ‘for time’: https://t.co/W9hievf2Fx
— ErikWemple (@ErikWemple) September 13, 2016
In a statement, CBS said:
The clip in question from former President Clinton’s interview with Charlie Rose ran in its entirety on CBS THIS MORNING, CBSNews.com[cbsnews.com] and on CBSN, CBS News’ 24/7 digital streaming news service. One clip that ran on CBS Evening News was edited purely for time while on deadline for the live broadcast.
Though editing for broadcast deadlines is not unusual, the choice to cut the interview at the particular point and not elsewhere is still questionable.
— Hans Gruber (@hansgruberdies) September 13, 2016
It appeared, on social media, that people were not buying what CBS was selling.
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— HorsePower (@MVPBronco7) September 14, 2016
@ErikWemple Absolutely shameful. They still don’t have it through their heads that the Internet exists now.
— Martyrmade (@Martyrmade) September 14, 2016
— CCCINNC (@CCCINNC) September 13, 2016
Surprising CBS would edit a relevant statement out of an interview before a presidential election. Seems so out of character.
— Matthew D. Dempster (@dempstermd) September 13, 2016
— Félix Faure (@artielangefire) September 13, 2016
@ErikWemple this is the best excuse they got? They wonder why we don’t trust any of them.
— Ⓜⓡ⨀Ⓡⓞⓑⓞⓣ (@F_Rod_SD) September 13, 2016
— Peggy Todd (@redreader5346) September 13, 2016
Thought more about this. No matter the time pressure, this was a fishy CBS edit. Should’ve cut 3 secs somewhere else https://t.co/dnKo1C7CHi
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) September 13, 2016
— Richard Winter (@ricwinter23) September 13, 2016
@ErikWemple How much time does it take to say the word ‘frequently’?
— Deplorable Comedy (@GOPcomedy) September 13, 2016
@ErikWemple We don’t call it SeeBS for nothing you know!!
— (((rockmom))) (@rockmom) September 13, 2016
— Bob Cooper (@topkubob) September 14, 2016
— Streeter Bros. (@thestreeter) September 13, 2016