Neal Gabler, who for decades has claimed that the press is consistently biased — against the left! — typed up a 1,000-word screed which appeared at Reuters Tuesday afternoon decrying what he described as "sub-news," and how it has been irresponsibly "driving the (Hillary) Clinton health rumors."
Gabler describes "sub-news" as "a pipeline of effluvium that flows beneath the mainstream news and occasionally leeches into it, causing 'information pollution.'" A particularly pernicious addition to that pipeline and the related pollution was indeed published on Monday, perhaps after Gabler submitted his column to Reuters. This conspiracy theory claims that "Hillary Clinton may have been poisoned" — by Vladimir Putin and/or Donald Trump. That's about as "out there" as you can you get. Oh, wait a minute. That conspiracy theory appeared courtesy of the tinfoil hat crew at the Washington Post, in an item by sportsblogger and sportstweeter Cindy Boren.
Boren's excuse for attempting to mainstream this claim (the Washington Post is part of the mainstream media, after all) is that its proponent is "Bennet Omalu, the forensic pathologist who has made the NFL so uncomfortable with his discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in the brains of deceased players." How Omalu's background qualifies him as an expert in presidential or international intrigue is quite a mystery. But at the risk of adding to the "pollution" Neal Gabler so despises, here goes:
The man who discovered CTE thinks Hillary Clinton may have been poisoned
Bennet Omalu, the forensic pathologist who has made the NFL so uncomfortable with his discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in the brains of deceased players, suggests that Hillary Clinton’s campaign be checked for possible poisons after her collapse Sunday in New York.
Omalu, whose story was famously told in the movie “Concussion,” made the suggestion on Twitter, writing that he advised campaign officials to “perform toxicologic analysis of Ms. Clinton’s blood.”
This article continues at [Newsbusters] WashPost Pushes Hillary Conspiracy Theory: Putin and/or Trump Poisoned Her