Remember the crazy conspiracy theory about Harry Reid
being beaten up by mafia enforcers? Remember how the right-wing nutbag spreading the story followed up with another rumor that Sen. Reid was actually injured in a fight with his drunken brother?
If not, see my previous post:https://plus.google.com/+JeremyNixon/posts/WN82BvXEphy
When John Hinderaker at Powerline spread the first story, a guy named Larry Pfeifer heard it and decided to run a little test. He invented the story about Harry Reid’s brother out of thin air
and told it to Mr. Hinderaker, to see if he would run a story with absolutely no attempt at corroboration. Sure enough, Mr. Hinderaker ran with it, and then Rush Limbaugh ran with it, and then the whole thing got out of hand.“They had no problem using a story that had nothing but some guy’s word,” Pfeifer said. “Not one of them knew my real name. I didn’t even give them my phone number.”
And that, folks, is how stories spread in the right-wing bubble. No corroboration necessary.http://lasvegassun.com/news/2015/apr/26/big-lie-las-vegan-watches-his-reid-tale-takes/