Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Power Line Pundit, Hinderaker, Pwnd!
TPM Interview: Rightwing Blogger Explains How He Got Punked By Phony Harry Reid Rumor
John Hinderaker, the man behind the rightwing blog Power Line, woke up to a nasty surprise on Sunday morning.
In the pages of the Las Vegas Sun, a man named Larry Pfeifer announced that he had successfully duped a conservative blogger into running a story that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's recent injuries to his eyes and face were the result of a dustup with his own family.
Hinderaker would have recognized Pfeifer's name; he had published Pfeifer's account on Power Line only a few weeks earlier. Initially sporting the alias "Easton Elliott," Pfeifer had approached Hinderaker claiming that he witnessed Reid's brother, Larry, talk about pummeling a family member while sharing at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. (Eventually, Pfeifer told Hinderaker his real name.)
Hinderaker published the story on Power Line on April 3. Before long, the fake story was blasted over the airwaves by Rush Limbaugh and picked up by Breitbart News and WND. (WND's headline: "Was Harry Reid really pummeled by a relative?") Hinderaker even brought “Easton Elliott” on as a guest when he filled in as host on Laura Ingraham's show on April 9.
Did any of these bloggers and pundits bother to check on the veracity of the story?
Here's how the crazies on the right get their news. They find some rumor on the internet from their crazy uncle's email, or someone who will feed them a rumor, and the suckers run with it. Why bother to check if it's true or not when the story fits their Obama/Reid/Pelosi/Hillary-hating narrative?
They were had, and they deserve to be mocked to the moon and back. This is ample evidence of their total lack of interest in truth or checking for facts. As long as the rumor slams a Democrat, it's true for them.