PEOPLE Magazine has formally denied allegations that Hillary Clinton is using an old person’s walker on the cover of its latest issue:
"Secretary Clinton is standing next to a patio chair in the backyard of her home where the photo shoot took place! I have also attached another photo from the shoot—thanks for checking in on this," Nancy Valentino, a senior vice president of communications at Time Inc., which owns People, wrote to Business Insider in an email.
Meanwhile, the photo provided to support PEOPLE’s denial, while it does show Clinton appearing to walk without assistance, is also inexplicably grainy, out of focus, and devoid of color–unlikely to satisfy skeptics. What's REALLY going on here?
Full disclosure: the Washington Free Beacon is an anti-Clinton website.
UPDATE: The Free Beacon has obtained the following "raw" photo from a source. Draw your own conclusions.
UPDATE II: Twitter user @youneedabath raises an interesting point:
@AndrewStilesUSA funny thing is when i photograph old people who need a walker, sometimes i'll replace it with a chair for them to lean on
— Jerry (@youneedabath) June 4, 2014
UPDATE III: @AceofSpadesHQ offers another compelling explanation:
if hillary wore some kind of Hydraulic Pantsuit an offscreen operator could "walk" her by remotely opening and closing ducts
— King_Ghidorah (@AceofSpadesHQ) June 4, 2014