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‘Make the S.O.B. Deny It’

‘Make the S.O.B. Deny It’

By John Aloysius Farrell | August 2, 2012 | 1:15 p.m.

The late gonzo journalist, Hunter S. Thompson, added to American political lore when making a point about unscrupulous politicians in his campaign chronicle, Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail, ’72.

As a young man running for office in Texas, Thompson wrote, Lyndon Johnson needed to slow down a foe’s momentum. And so LBJ ordered an aide to spread the rumor that their opponent was “enjoying carnal knowledge of his own barnyard sows.”
 
The aide blanched, and objected. No one would believe a claim like that!

“I know,” Johnson was said to have replied, “but let’s make the sonofabitch deny it.”

It was, said Thompson, “one of the oldest and most effective tricks in the business. Every hack in the business has used it in time of trouble.”

Now Harry Reid has joined the list. The Senate Majority Leader continues to allege – in remarks today on the Senate floor – that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney paid no income taxes for a span of 10 years.

Reid says he was given this information by a former investor in Romney’s firm, Bain Capital. But the senator admitted to the Huffington Post that he doesn’t know if the information is true, and he won’t release the name of his source.

 

Read more: http://decoded.nationaljournal.com/2012/08/the-late-gonzo-journalist-hunt.php

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