Everyone makes mistakes on the job, but ABC7 anchor Joe Torres learned that some screw-ups are worse than others. Reporting on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s medical episode on Sunday, Torres accidentally delivered the wrong news.
“We begin with the breaking news,” he began, “about Hillary Clinton’s death.”
Though Torres continued to report about Clinton’s health incident, the mistake only added to the “Hillary Clinton body-double” conspiracy theory — if you’re behind, don’t worry, Alex Jones already made a conspiracy video about it.
Clinton, who did not die on Sunday, merely suffered from a fainting episode as the result of what her doctor is calling overheating as a result of her pneumonia. The candidate was reportedly diagnosed on Friday.
Lisa Bardack, Clinton’s doctor, said the following:
Secretary Clinton has been experiencing a cough related to allergies. On Friday, during follow up evaluation of her prolonged cough, she was diagnosed with pneumonia. She was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule. While at this morning’s event, she became overheated and dehydrated. I have just examined her and she is now re-hydrated and recovering nicely.
Earlier this year, Bardack initially released a statement in an effort to refute speculations about reportedly poor Clinton’s health.
Clinton once joked about her own death when she appeared as a guest on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in August.
Clinton mentioned a National Inquirer article from October 2015 claiming that the presidential candidate would be dead in six months. “Shocking details from a new book and Hillary’s ‘secret medical file’ show the presidential candidate is a ticking time bomb whose life is about to expire,” it promised.
“With every breath I take, it feels like I have a new lease on life,” she laughed with Kimmel, having missed her death date back in April.