The Las Vegas Sun published a story over the weekend about a man who claims he lured a right-wing blogger into printing his fabrication about how Harry Reid was really injured on New Year’s Eve — beaten up by his younger brother — “to show the lack of credibility and journalistic standards among partisan media figures.”
He told his story to Power Line blogger John Hinderaker.
Appearing in a photo on the cover of the Sun section of the morning paper almost wrapped in an American flag, Larry Pfeifer told the paper, “They had no problem using a story that had nothing but some guy’s word. … Not one of them knew my real name.”
But Hinderaker says he did get Pfeifer’s real name and the Sun did not contact him for his side of the story.
Though Pfeifer told the Sun he did not give Hinderaker his real name, Hinderaker says, “I told (Easton) Elliott that I wouldn’t give him a forum to tell his story unless he would stand behind it, using his real name. He relented and told me that his real name is Lawrence Pfeifer.”
Lack of credibility?
In his original posting, Hinderaker wrote, “That is Easton Elliott’s account. I can’t vouch for it, of course, but if what he says about the AA meeting is accurate, the inferences he draws seem reasonable.” He says he emailed Reid’s office about the allegation and received a non denial reply.
Hinderaker previously posted a blog that showed some inconsistencies in Reid’s story about his accident.
At one point Reid said, “I was doing exercises that I’ve been doing for many years with those large rubber bands and, uh, one of them broke and spun me around and I crashed into these cabinets and injured my eye.” Politico cited a source who said the band was attached to a shower door.
Reid later said in an interview: “Yeah, I had a big, that thick (Reid gestures with his hands), that I had been using for about four years and I was, you know, trying to maintain my, uh, firmness, and, uh, that was my weight training. I was doing that in my new home here in Nevada and a big metal hook that came out from the wall that was hooked there that the strap had no handle on it, slipped, spun me around, uh, about, oh I guess four feet (Reid points with his right hand to the wall of the interview room) and so I smashed my face into a cabinet so hard that uh …”
It broke or slipped? Shower door or hook?