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The Right-Wing Clinton Crazies Are Back Again

The conservative media's unhinged response to Hillary Clinton's health woes are disturbing on many levels.

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In the December 31 issue of  The Weekly Standard, readers  were encouraged to laugh at the news of Clinton's head trauma. The magazine produced a parody in the form of a fake  Washington Post sports page article, pretending Clinton was being tested for a concussion the way athletes are. (Apparently the topic of head injuries in general is one big joke at  The Weekly Standard.)

Blogger and  USA Today columnist Glenn Reynolds recently  made sure to share with readers a photoshopped picture of Clinton (with her head attached to a burly man's body) that suggested she was "drunk as skunk" when she fell and suffered a concussion:

Reynolds also hyped the blatant lie that that Clinton had flown to a "Caribbean resort" for New Year's Eve.

Reynolds' baseless behavior was not unexpected. Two weeks earlier he had treated the concussion revelation as  one big joke, writing, "HELP, I'VE FALLEN AND I CAN'T TESTIFY ABOUT BENGHAZI"

When Clinton's doctor recently announced a blood clot had been found during an exam, Reynolds quickly linked to right-wing conspiracist Ann Althouse, who in  a pair of blog  posts wondered if the "oddities" surrounding Clinton's health reports stemmed from "fakery." When critics  lampooned her rumor mongering, Althouse insisted she'd been sponsoring "political debate" by raising baseless doubts about the Clinton story.

In the  New York Times report about Clinton's blood clot, the newspaper quoted David Rothkopf, an acting Commerce Department under secretary in the Bill Clinton administration, who noted the heated politicization of Hillary Clinton's health. Beseeching common decency, Rothkopf urged partisans to stop the unseemly behavior and to just act like "human beings."

For the Clinton Crazies, that's not always an option.

Eric Boehlert is a senior fellow at Media Matters for America, and a former senior writer for Salon. Boehlert's first book, "Lapdogs: How The Press Rolled Over for Bush," was published in May. He can be reached at

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