Fox News host excuses Clinton conspiracy theories ‘before she was hospitalized’
Fox News host Greta Van Susteren on Sunday offered a defense of conservatives on her network who suggested that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could have been faking a concussion in order to delay testimony on attacks in Benghazi, saying that the conspiracy theories were put forth “before she was hospitalized” with a blood clot.
In December, Republicans like former Florida Rep. Allen West and former United States Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton — and numerous other Fox News personalities — had repeatedly mocked Clinton by suggesting that her illness was a manufactured “diplomatic illness” or “Benghazi allergy” to avoid testifying before lawmakers.
After the Daily Beast published an article which incorrectly said that Van Susteren was also peddling conspiracy theories about Clinton, the Fox News host took to her blog to demand that the website “CORRECT THIS PRONTO — and do so in a BIG WAY.”
“Of course I will accept an apology but I’m more interested in the TRUTH getting out and that I did not make this crack about the Secretary of State,” she wrote, stopping short of also calling on conservatives to apologize to Clinton.
On Sunday, ABC News host George Stephanopolous offered Van Susteren another chance to appeal for a retraction from West, Bolton, Laura Ingraham and others.
“I’m responsible for what I say, number one,” Van Susteren explained. “Those were all very dated, before she was hospitalized. And there was not much information coming out of the State Department and very early on with those quotes.”
“Look, not for one second did I doubt it,” she added. “Once these people heard that she was seriously ill, that all changed. The secretary of state will have to — should answer questions about Benghazi. There’s a lot of mystery… I have nothing beyond to say to that.”
Watch this video from the ABC’s This Week, broadcast Jan. 6, 2013.