People Instantly Noticed Something Bizarre About HOW Hillary Spoke At Benghazi Hearing- Here’s Why…
There was, in fact, something very deliberate about Hillary Clinton’s tone of voice as she addressed the House Select Committee on Benghazi Thursday.
As congressmen listened to what she said about the incident during her tenure as secretary of state that left four Americans dead, the nation also heard the way she said it.
“There some very real and likely strategic reasons she opted to speak so, very, very, slowly,” Janell Ross wrote in The Washington Post’s “The Fix” column.
Ross compared Clinton’s testimony Thursday with that of her Jan. 23, 2013 testimony on Benghazi before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee by dividing the numbers of words said by the length of Clinton’s testimony. In 2013, Clinton zipped through her remarks at a rate of almost 150 words per minute.
Yesterday, that speed slowed way down to 110 words per minute, Ross calculated.
“Why. Did. Clinton. Speak. So. Slowly?” Ross asked.
Ross found one clue in Clinton’s 2013 performance.
Clinton “was widely understood as a bit out of control — even cold and defiant — because of her tone,” Ross wrote.
At that hearing, Clinton snapped at one senator and said, “With all respect, the fact is we have four dead Americans was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they’d go kill some Americans. What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, senator.”
This time, Ross wrote, Clinton needed to convey “a combination of respect for the select committee’s inquiry, compassion and concern for those killed, and a sense of the gravity about the events that took place in Benghazi back in 2012.”
To do that, Clinton had to slow down the fast talking, Ross said, citing as an expert Ruth Sherman, a political communications consultant who was once on the faculty at the Yale University Women’s Campaign School.
The textbook advice to Clinton would have been “to slow down the pace of her speech or even strategically pause when she wants to emphasize a point, convey something grave or project a degree of concern and solemnity that rarely comes across in rapid speech,” Ross quoted Sherman as saying.
h/t: The Washington Post