Harry Reid —who unapologetically lied about Mitt Romney paying income taxes for 10 years, citing an anonymous source — is gloating over a pseudonymous source hoaxing a blogger with tale about how Harry really got his New Year’s Eve injuries.
“What this guy proved to me is that journalism doesn’t exist,” Reid told the Review-Journal. “I wish I’d meet this guy and pat him on the back.”
This came on the heels of a weekend story in the Sun insert that told of a Larry Pfeifer claiming to have made up a story about how Reid’s younger brother Larry might have beaten him and getting Power Line blogger John Hinderaker to report it.
While saying he could not vouch for the story, Hinderaker recounted Pfeifer’s tale of a man named Larry showing up at an AA meeting on New Year’s Eve intoxicated and talking about how he might be in trouble with the Secret Service. Pfeifer said he had a bloody left hand. Reid’s injuries were to his right eye and right jaw.
Pfeifer said people at the meeting later recognized Larry Reid when his mugshot appeared in the paper when he was arrested for DUI and assault on a police officer in Boulder City.
Reid claimed the reported hoax “appeared in newspapers all over the country,” though I’ve yet to find a single newspaper account of it until the Sun’s report. Plenty of newspapers repeated the story Reid told about Romney’s taxes, based on an anonymous source.
Perhaps there were reasons to question the veracity of the tale. Do they let drunks into AA meetings? Reid’s bodyguard is provided by the Capitol Police, who have yet to file an incident report, not the Secret Service.
Amusingly, today Harry Reid sent out a solicitation for donations to his Searchlight PAC claiming a leaked Koch brothers memo states: “The plan comes with a $125 million 2015 budget for Americans for Prosperity … That’s the most the group has ever spent in a non-election year” (Reid’s emphasis) The email says:
“For years, I’ve called the Koch brothers out for trying to buy Congress. And according to leaked documents, it looks like they are upping their game in 2015.
“Which means if we’re going to beat them, we have to up our game, too.
“Searchlight Leadership Fund is all about supporting strong Democratic candidates that oppose the Koch agenda, and those candidates — now more than ever — need our help.”
An unnamed source? Yes, Politico reported this a week ago based on anonymous sourcing, but might they have been hoaxed? Harry Reid certainly did not deign to check it out.
There is also more than one version of how Reid was injured coming from Reid’s office, but hardly anyone is questioning the contradictions.