Sunday, April 06, 2008

Hillary telling another whopper?

Following Hillary's receipt of "four Pinocchios" for the Bosnia story, it appears that Hillary has been telling another whopper, based on hearsay evidence that she didn't check out:

Over the last five weeks, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York has featured in her campaign stump speeches the story of a health care horror: an uninsured pregnant woman who lost her baby and died herself after being denied care by an Ohio hospital because she could not come up with a $100 fee.

The woman, Trina Bachtel, did die last August, two weeks after her baby boy was stillborn at O’Bleness Memorial Hospital in Athens, Ohio. But hospital administrators said Friday that Ms. Bachtel was under the care of an obstetrics practice affiliated with the hospital, that she was never refused treatment and that she was, in fact, insured.

“We implore the Clinton campaign to immediately desist from repeating this story,” said Rick Castrop, chief executive officer of the O’Bleness Health System.

Linda M. Weiss, a spokeswoman for the not-for-profit hospital, said the Clinton campaign had never contacted the hospital to check the accuracy of the story, which Mrs. Clinton had first heard from a Meigs County, Ohio, sheriff’s deputy in late February.
[from the New York Times]

Curiously, this is the same New York Times that featured Edison ...Wasn’t He the Guy Who Invented Everything?. which contained some questionable statements by Professor Mark Lemley, advisor to Barack Obama on patents.

Both the Clinton and Lemley stories show a carelessness in not checking out the underlying facts. Lemley had earlier written in the Stanford Law Review that Gary Boone was credited with the invention of the integrated circuit, in an attempt to illustrate a story about patent thickets using an account of history that never actually happened. Sort of like what Hillary was trying to do
with the hospital story.

See also

the whoppers keep on coming


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