CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield apologized for a bad edit that grouped together two out-of-context sound bites from Hillary Clinton.
One clip featured the former Secretary of State calling the Benghazi attacks her biggest regret. It was immediately followed by footage of her chortling as the moderator asked her about whether she was running for president.
Banfield apologized on Monday’s edition of CNN’s “Legal View” for the confusing edit, which may have led some viewers to wrongly conclude that Clinton was chuckling about Benghazi. Clinton was speaking before the National Automobile Dealers Association.
“Alright, I want to be real clear here,” Banfield said. “Those were two separate sound bites that we tried to get to as quickly as possible. We call them tape turns. One of them was about Benghazi and another — that was completely separate at a different time — was about her thoughts about 2016.”
“Let’s be very clear that the Secretary of State was not laughing about the previous comments about Benghazi, that was just a quick ‘butted’ sound-bite,” Banfield stressed. “That is our mistake, she was not laughing — let’s be very clear that the secretary of state was not laughing about the previous comments about Benghazi. But there you have it, comments about 2016.”
CNN had no additional comment.
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