Fox News guest apol­o­gizes for com­par­ing Clin­ton to her­pes

Chicago Sun-Times (Sunday) - - NATION/WORLD - BY JOEL SHAN­NON

Fox News guest Anna Paulina apol­o­gized for com­par­ing for­mer first lady and Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton to a sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted dis­ease in a Thurs­day seg­ment broad­cast by the net­work.

“Yes­ter­day on Fox I was placed on the wrong seg­ment & in the con­fu­sion made a brash and un­pro­fes­sional joke,” Paulina tweeted Fri­day. “To Fox and those watch­ing, I am deeply sorry.”

The net­work of­fered on-air apolo­gies and cut Paulina’s seg­ment short, Fox News said in a state­ment to USA To­day.

The clip, as pub­lished by The Daily Caller, shows the con­fu­sion that led up to the con­tro­ver­sial com­ment.

In the clip, Paulina is in­tro­duced as the di­rec­tor of His­panic en­gage­ment at a con­ser­va­tive or­ga­ni­za­tion.

She is asked to com­ment on re­cent news sur­round­ing Hil­lary Clin­ton, but she in­stead be­gins to talk about bor­der se­cu­rity.

Fox News host Rick Leven­thal in­ter­rupts Paulina to redi­rect the con­ver­sa­tion to Clin­ton, as Paulina laughs about the ap­par­ent mis­take, of­fer­ing an in­audi­ble ex­pla­na­tion.

Af­ter di­rect­ing a ques­tion to an­other guest, Leven­thal ex­presses amaze­ment that Clin­ton is still mak­ing na­tional head­lines two years af­ter she lost the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion to Don­ald Trump.

“She won’t go away,” Paulina said with a sigh. “She’s like her­pes.”

Leven­thal im­me­di­ately dis­tances him­self from the com­ment: “Um, OK. That’s news that we’re break­ing here. Not ap­pro­pri­ate.”

He later apol­o­gized to view­ers for “the lan­guage that was used in the seg­ment,” Fox News said in a state­ment.

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Hil­lary Clin­ton

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