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The “Where was Chelsea on 9/11” Story

Media Matters and Keith Olbermann have been on a tear against anyone who repeats the claim that Chelsea was jogging around the WTC on 9/11.  Background hereMedia Matters actually had a new post on the subject today.  An excerpt:

Summary: On Fox News’ America’s Election HQ, radio host Tammy Bruce suggested that Sen. Hillary Clinton suffers from “mythomania … part of a larger psychiatric scheme of people who make up fantastic stories to bolster their own image.” As purported evidence, Bruce asserted that Clinton had said her daughter, Chelsea Clinton, was “at the World Trade Center on September 11th.” In fact, Hillary Clinton made no such claim.

If she “made no such claim,” why is a Clinton staffer emailing Mike Allen at the Politico and basically confirming what she said?

That pattern appeared to repeat itself when Clinton told NBC’s “Dateline” that Chelsea had been jogging near the World Trade Center, out for a cup of coffee, when the first plane hit.
Chelsea, writing a first-hand account in the defunct Talk magazine, later revealed that she was watching TV in a pal’s apartment on Park Avenue South.

But it turns out that one of the two daughters of Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Jessica, actually was at high school on Sept. 11 – in the shadow of the World Trade Center.
One Clinton aide was furious about coverage of that one. “Her daughter was in lower Manhattan,” the aide e-mailed. “Put yourself in her shoes. She was a mother worried sick about her daughter, who couldn’t connect with her for hours, knew she had gone running, knew people who were in the buildings and likely died. She made these comments only days later, and she had been worried and scared.”

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