For more on this topic, listen to Fri. Feb. 28, 2020 edition of The Sharyl Attkisson Podcast on iTunes or your favorite distributor.
It was twelve years after the fact when Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton got caught embellishing the danger she'd faced on a trip to Bosnia.
I happened to have accompanied her on the trip and didn't remember being shot at, as Clinton described. The videotape of the actual visit proved Clinton's memory wrong--not just once but twice.
CBS News' Sharyl Attkisson speaks to then-First Lady Hillary Clinton on a military cargo plane during a trip to war-torn Bosnia in 1996
After my first report on CBS News in 2008 exposed the truth, Clinton doubled down and dug in, providing a second reason to question her memory of events.
Clinton never fully explained how she could have made the mistake as saying she had ducked sniper fire when there hadn't been a sniper in sight. Initially, she stated "I was sleep deprived and I misspoke."
But as my 2008 report below ("Clinton Doubles Down") shows, Clinton told varieties of the same embellishment over a long period of time, not just when she was sleep deprived.
Had Clinton somehow convinced herself that it had all really happened? Or did she knowingly advance a false story?
"So I made a mistake," Clinton also stated at one point. "It proves I'm human, which you know, for some people, is a revelation."
Watch and read my 2008 CBS News reports on this topic by clicking the links below:
Video Contradicts Clinton's Story Written report March 24, 2008
Clinton Doubles Down, But Video Contradicts--Again Video March 25, 2008
Clinton Doubles Down, But Video Contradicts--Again Written report March 25, 2008