Hillary Clinton’s campaign says the candidate will stop telling the story of an uninsured pregnant woman who lost the baby and died after being denied medical care, following a hospital raising questions over its accuracy.
CNN Political Ticker – Clinton drops hospital story from stump speech
Yeah, every politician does it. But since I don’t like Hillary very much, I figured I’d highlight this unsurprising faux pas from her.
These sorts of stump stories that politicians like to tell, and I’m under no delusion that my preferred candidate Barack doesn’t do the same, are dangerous, especially when they’re not true. There’s a perception around our society that “truth” is separate from facts, and that even if a story, which is presented as an historically accurate portrayal, turns out to be false, it may still represent some ahistorical truth.
Fictional stories can represent truth. However, fictional stories ought to be presented as fictional. Clinton didn’t tell this story about health care because it presented some abstract metaphorical truth, she presented it as an historical example of the failing of health care. In some of the comments made on that CNN article, you’ll notice how some commentators suggest ‘this story may not be true, but there’s lot of stories like it that are true.’ Oh yeah? Well if that’s so, then why doesn’t Clinton tell those stories? If our health care is so bad in this country that pregnant women are getting turned away from emergency care left and right, then her campaign should have no problem finding some stories that do have a little more facts behind them. Then she wouldn’t be in the embarrassing position of having to answer for another flagrant exaggeration of the truth.