ABC’s McFadden Compares Hillary to Thomas Jefferson

-By Warner Todd Huston

The inordinate praise for now former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been thick throughout the media, but no other coverage was more obsequious than ABC’s. Cynthia McFadden topped off this praise by comparing Clinton to no less than Thomas Jefferson.

On the January 30 broadcast of Nightline, McFadden spoke to Clinton in what was billed as her “last television interview in office.” The interview was conducted in front of a statue of Thomas Jefferson and at one point in the interview McFadden effusively equated Clinton to Jefferson. Motioning toward the statue of the founder, McFadden said, “As Jefferson looks over our shoulder, who I would only point out, was Secretary of State who went on to become president.”

To this Clinton merely joked, “I’ve heard that. Thank you”

Strangely, despite being on the video, the purported full transcript of the interview does not contain McFadden’s indecorous Jefferson line.

The interview was mostly softball. While McFadden did bring up Benghazi it was only to ask if Hillary stood behind her “what difference does it make” comment made during her recent Senate testimony. McFadden did not press Clinton on any of the substantive facts about the debacle that ended up in the brutal murder of ambassador Chris Stevens and several other Americans in Libya.
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s,, and, as well as,,,,, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.

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