Maybe today is Transparency Day. After Donald Trump ended up disclosing at least some of his health assessment on The Dr. Oz Show today, Hillary Clinton has followed suite with partial disclosure. Most of this is rehashed from previous sunny statements, none of which presaged Hillary’s collapse on Sunday. Fox’s Jennifer Griffin goes over the banalities, but also notes the CT scan on Friday that produced the pneumonia diagnosis — to which the campaign didn’t admit until Sunday night:
— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 14, 2016
The Hill and Griffin both report that Dr. Lisa Bardack included a note about Hillary’s mental status, too:
Bardack, Clinton’s personal doctor, said she found a “mild, non-contagious bacterial pneumonia.”
The rest of the physical exam “was normal and she is in excellent mental condition,” Bardack added.
The letter went into detail about the pneumonia diagnosis, which so far backs up Team Hillary’s insistence that they discovered it on Friday. But here’s a question — if it hadn’t been for Hillary’s collapse on Sunday and the campaign’s need to explain it, would it have been included at all? And here’s a corollary to that it: How many people will actually believe anything written in this letter, after the serial lies told by the campaign about Hillary’s health on Sunday?
Even MSNBC’s medical analyst Dr. John Torres isn’t completely satisfied with the data released at this point. Torres wonders why Hillary has had three separate blood clot incidents, and notes that this report — even accepting it at face value — doesn’t explain the underlying cause for what appears to be a chronic condition. Notably, Torres isn’t buying pneumonia as the cause of the collapse on Sunday. “I think we need a little deeper understanding of what happened there,” Torres says. Will the more robust information they promise to release address those concerns? Don’t bet on it.
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) September 14, 2016
Update: Dr. Oz is milking Trump’s surprise disclosure for all it’s worth. Here’s video of the handoff, even if the show is keeping mum on what the letters disclosed:
— POLITICO (@politico) September 14, 2016