Past Blast: Hillary Clinton claimed we ‘dodged sniper fire.’ But we hadn’t.

This article was first posted in 2020 regarding a CBS News report from 2008.

The following is a news analysis.

Watch Sharyl Attkisson’s 2008 video here. More links are below the article.

It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly 20 years since I traveled with then-First Lady Hillary Clinton to Bosnia.

The trip in 1996 would later become grist for the political mill when presidential candidate Clinton claimed–in 2008–that we had dodged sniper fire on that trip.

I not only had a different memory, but I still had the video from the event and it clearly showed no snipers. In fact, there were children on the runway in Bosnia to greet Clinton. Singer Sheryl Crow was on the trip with us, as was comedian Sinbad (to entertain the US troops). Sinbad, too, pointed out he didn’t recall sniper fire.

CBS News assigned me to do the story on Clinton’s mistaken memory. When she doubled down the next day, we followed up with a second day story.

Photos below show Hillary and Chelsea Clinton upon arrival at the airport in Tuzla, Bosnia, not “ducking and running for cover.”

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Some analysts said the false account was the final nail in the coffin that caused her to drop out of the race in 2008, clearing the path for Barack Obama to take the nomination for Democrats. Clinton never fully explained whether she knew she wasn’t telling the truth, or whether she actually somehow believed her own concocted story. She simply explained that she’d been overtired.

Link to original CBS News article

Watch the original CBS News report in 2008

Clinton doubles down on sniper fire claim: WATCH SECOND NIGHT VIDEO HERE

One of Hillary Clinton’s “sniper fire” claims can be seen at the beginning of this parody video.

Here’s Attkisson’s 1996 report on Hillary Clinton’s Bosnia trip with no sniper fire.

A transcript of the original report is below:

CBS News Video Contradicts Clinton’s Story

“I remember landing under sniper fire,” Clinton said at a recent campaign event.It started when, in a recent speech, Clinton spoke of her visit to Tuzla, Bosnia, in 1996 as first lady.The brutal war was over, but hostilities continued. And though the trip was exactly 12 years ago Tuesday, the memories seemed etched in Clinton’s mind.”There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base,” she said.

Problem is: that’s not how it happened at all. And we should know: CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson and a CBS News crew accompanied the First Lady on that Bosnia trip.A photograph shows Clinton talking to Attkisson on the military flight into Tuzla.

And pictures CBS News recorded show the greeting ceremony when the plane landed.

Compare that to Clinton’s account…”I remember landing under sniper fire,” she said. “There was no greeting ceremony and we were basically told to run to our cars. That is what happened.”

But there was no sniper fire either when Clinton visited two army outposts, where she posed for photos. And no sniper fire back at the base, where she sang in a USO show starring Sinbad and Sheryl Crowe.

Asked about the issue during a meeting with the Philadelphia Daily News’ editorial board on Monday, Clinton said she “misspoke.”

“I went to 80 countries, you know. I gave contemporaneous accounts, I wrote about a lot of this in my book. You know, I think that, a minor blip, you know, if I said something that, you know, I say a lot of things – millions of words a day – so if I misspoke, that was just a misstatement,” she said.

A spokesman for rival Barack Obama‘s campaign questioned whether Clinton misspoke, saying her comments came in what appeared to be prepared remarks for the Iraq speech. His campaign’s statement included a link to the speech on Clinton’s campaign Web site with her account of running to the cars.

Clinton’s campaign said what is on the Web site is not the prepared text, but a transcript of her remarks, including comments before the speech in which she talked about the trip to Bosnia.

Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor said in a written statement that Clinton’s Bosnia story “joins a growing list of instances in which Senator Clinton has exaggerated her role in foreign and domestic policymaking.”

Referring to the CBS News video, Clinton aides said Monday, it “was not quite as dramatic as Clinton put it.”

“She meant that there was fire on the hillside around the area when we landed, which was the case,” said Clinton campaign aide Lissa Muscatine.

Mike Allen of said: “Who knows if she misremembered, misspoke, exaggerated, whatever. It makes the case for Sen. Obama that all this experience that she’s been talking about is at least partly in her imagination.”

Hundreds of thousands have viewed the video online in just the past few days.

There’s a saying: Never let your memories be greater than your dreams.

When you’re running for president, maybe it should be: never let your memories be greater than the video.

An AI generated transcript of the second night report is below.

we’re beginning with a follow-up to a

story sharyl Attkisson reported here

last night she showed us video that

directly contradicted hillary clinton’s

account of the dangers she faced on a

1996 visit to bosnia since our broadcast

that video has spread all over the

Internet it was the most viewed video of

the day on YouTube with more than a

million hits and today Senator Clinton

admitted quote I made a mistake but it

wasn’t the only one as Cheryl shows us

tonight Hillary Clinton’s attempt to

tout her foreign policy experience

pounded her again on the campaign trail

today I made you know I made a mistake

in describing it she claims she misspoke

last week and was sleep deprived when

she described landing under sniper fire

in Tuzla Bosnia something that didn’t

happen but CBS News has found several

times in the past few months when

senator Clinton used the Bosnia trip to

try to show her international experience

December in Iowa we landed in one of

those corkscrew landings and ran out

because they said there might be sniper

fire I don’t remember anybody offering

me tea on the tarmac when that was

happening then in February the welcoming

ceremony had to be moved inside because

of sniper fire and last week I remember

landing under sniper fire we basically

were told to run to our cars now that is

what happened after CBS news video

showed what really happened when she

landed and greeted officials senator

Clinton maintained there were risks but

explained to the Philadelphia Daily News

why she was seen on the Bosnian tarmac

greeting a young child if it was really

so dangerous I was also told that the

greeting ceremony had been moved away

from the tarmac but that there was this

eight-year-old girl and I said well I

have I can’t I can’t rush by her I’ve

got at least greeter

so I greeted her I took her stuff and I

left now that’s my memory of it

once again her memory doesn’t match our

videotape she and her daughter Chelsea

lingered on the tarmac to greet US

military officials took photos there was

the group of seventh graders on the

tarmac – and then senator Clinton walked

to the armored vehicle where she did

eventually dock and enter senator

Clinton hinted today that her own staff

has been suggesting to her that the

events weren’t quite as dramatic as she

had suggested her staff also sent out an

email to reporters today with a list of

supposed inconsistencies in what senator

Obama has said and done Harry in the end

doesn’t this really come down to a

matter of can you trust what she says I

think so I think that one reason

political observers think this is so

important is that Hillary Clinton has of

course made experience her issue in this

campaign saying she’s the one that’s

best suited to answer that 3:00 in the

morning phone call all right Cheryl

åkesson on Capitol Hill thanks

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6 thoughts on “Past Blast: Hillary Clinton claimed we ‘dodged sniper fire.’ But we hadn’t.”

  1. Danny P. Radcliff

    The Clintons have by lying their way through life for decades. You could literally fill a book, heck, volumes on lies they have told–and look where they are. One an ex president, the other a First Lady, a Congresswoman, a Secretary of State, and now a presidential candidate. It has certainly worked for them so far. They are as rich and powerful as one can get.

    What I find unfathomable is, liberals just don’t care. The will vote for these people no matter how awful their conduct. They will vote for Charles Manson if you put a (D) after his name on the ballot box.

    They say that running for president is one of the hardest things anyone will ever do. The stress and pressure of the campaign trail is unimaginable–as well it should be. The job of being a U.S. President and leader of the free world is stressful and will put the person under great pressure. Here is the deal though. Stress and pressure don’t build character–it reveals it. So when a candidate reveals their true lack of character on the campaign trail, that should be a clue to the voters to NOT VOTE FOR THEM.

    But, alas liberals don’t care about character they only care about world view.

    1. Yes, Democrats get away with lying. But why? I still cant figure out why Democrats dont seem to mind that their politicians do horrible things. Heck, look at Ted Kennedy!
      Sure, Republicans lie too. But you wont find any Republicans getting re-elected after telling blatant, obvious lies (and even sticking with the lies after they are busted!) like Democrats do.
      I think thats why Obama and the Democrats tried “testing the waters” in 2012 when they left all references to religion off the Democrat platform. Democrats dont want to be held accountable. And thats what most religions do, hold you accountable. Sure, you can fake being a religious or spiritual person (like Obama), but most people who follow the religion you profess to will see right through the lies. Democrats like Obama dont want ANYTHING to do with “truth”. They are much more comfortable making up their own version of what the truth is. Even when Democrats like Hillary, Bill, Pelosi, Reed and Obama get caught saying something that makes them look bad or get caught in a lie, they just try to explain to everyone that what they said isnt what they meant. You know, “depends on what the meaning of “is” is”. The truth is an annoyance to Democrats, plain and simple. By eliminating God from their platform, they will no longer be held accountable to anyone but themselves.
      I dont know about you, but asking me to trust a room full of political lawyers is asking way too much. But, Democrats dont seem to mind anymore. That is, as long as its their guy/gal doing the lying. And with most of the media doing the same thing, we are only headed down hill…regardless of their “good intentions”.

  2. When you see the Clinton lies, the Obama lies without any honest main stream media reporting you know we are in real trouble. How can the nation survive without a strong media to keep all politicians in check. Hopefully Sharyl Attkisson and “Full Measure” will be the beginning of real reporting and all others will follow.

  3. Thomas Joseph Hussman

    On May 22, 1970 Saint Paul Minnesota Police Officer James T. Sackett, Sr. was shot to death by a Black Panther assassin. The sniper fire was aimed at Officer Sackett as he arrived in response to a fake medical emergency call. The cowardly assassin evaded justice until recently, when he was finally arrested and convicted in the Murder of Officer Sackett. Anyone who has worn a uniform and been subjected to sniper rifle fire knows the reality and potential. We thank the Lord in Heaven for those who have survived, and we pray for the souls who were cut down by cowardly assassins. Officer Sackett was bravely doing his job when he was killed. Anyone who attempts to draw attention to themselves with a fake news story of heroism should be ashamed. True heroes don’t exaggerate facts.

  4. How true to the Clinton mouth. She must have been tired and exhausted. Just tell the truth, if you can’t keep your mouth shut. Same for Billy Boy, “I did not have sex with that women”. Well oral sex is just “oral”. So I’m ok with no sex. Discussed with both of them.

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