CNN edited the opening sentence of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s response to Saturday’s explosion in New York City, removing her use of the word “bombing” to describe the attack.
When Clinton came out to address the press on her campaign plane late Saturday, she opened her brief remarks by saying “I’ve been briefed about bombings in New York and New Jersey, and the attacks in Minnesota.”
But when CNN aired Clinton’s response, and posted it on Twitter, they removed Clinton’s first sentence, and instead began on her second, which emphasized support for first responders.
At the time of Clinton’s response, some in the media, including CNN reporter Jeremy Diamond, were criticizing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for allegedly jumping the gun by calling the attack a bombing before it was explicitly confirmed by authorities. In fact, Clinton’s first question from the press was on that exact topic, with a reporter asking what she thought about Trump “immediately” calling the attacks a bombing. Perhaps because she’d just use the word herself, Clinton punted on the question and avoided attacking Trump directly.
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