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Harry Reid Brother Beating Story Concocted by Las Vegas Man: Report

By    |   Monday, 27 Apr 2015 10:22 AM

Reports that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid was injured in a fistfight with his brother are false, and were peddled by a Las Vegas man out to discredit conservative media.

The Las Vegas Sun reported that Larry Pfeifer, 50, a self-described motivational speaker, used the pseudonym Easton Elliott when he reached out in March to John Hinderaker of PowerLineBlog.com.

Pfeifer told Hinderaker by phone that Reid’s brother, Larry, arrived drunk at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in Henderson on New Year’s Eve and claimed to have beaten up a relative.

This narrative supported suspicions that Reid was injured in a physical altercation and not, as Reid claims, during an exercise mishap involving resistance bands.

Hinderaker reported on Pfeifer/Elliott's story on April 3 and appeared on Laura Ingraham's radio program roughly a week later to talk more about it. Rush Limbaugh also considered interviewing "Elliott" on-air, but ultimately declined and opted instead for discussing it himself.

Both Hinderaker and Limbaugh said that the credibility of Elliott's story could not be verified when they reported on it, and gave multiple disclaimers stating as much throughout their reports.

"Is Easton Elliott telling the truth? I have absolutely no idea," Hinderaker said on Ingraham’s show. "He called me and told me this story. He’s related it consistently. Whether he’s right or not, I don’t know."

Asked why he would go through all the trouble to concoct a fake story, Pfeifer told the Sun that he was seeking an answer to a question he'd posed to himself: "Can I set off a domino effect where people say, 'We’re sick of this,' and start turning away from this kind of media or maybe boycott their sponsors?"

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Reports that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid was injured in a fistfight with his brother are false, and were peddled by a Las Vegas man out to discredit conservative media.
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