Friday, January 29, 2010

So, you want the facts - Spin doctoring at it's best!!

The following was sent to me by my good friend Greg Cook.

It is worth reading, TWICE!!

Judy Wallman, a professional genealogy researcher in southern California ,
was doing some personal work on her own family tree. She discovered that
Congressman Harry Reid's great-great uncle, Remus Reid, was hanged for horse
stealing and train robbery in Montana in 1889. Both Judy and Harry Reid
share this common ancestor.

The only known photograph of Remus shows him standing on the gallows in
Montana territory: *
On the back of the picture Judy obtained during her research is this
inscription: 'Remus Reid, horse thief, sent to Montana Territorial Prison
1885, escaped 1887, robbed the Montana Flyer six times. Caught by Pinkerton
detectives, convicted and hanged in 1889.'

So Judy recently e-mailed Congressman Harry Reid for information about their
great-great uncle.
Harry Reid: *

Believe it or not, Harry Reid's staff sent back the following biographical
sketch for her genealogy research:*

"Remus Reid was a famous cowboy in the Montana Territory. His business
empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and
intimate dealings with the Montana railroad. Beginning in 1883, he devoted
several years of his life to government service, finally taking leave to
resume his dealings with the railroad. In 1887, he was a key player in a
vital investigation run by the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency. In
1889, Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honor
when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed."** **

NOW THAT's how it's done, Folks! That's real POLITICAL SPIN *


  1. ROFL! Can't get any better than that!

  2. Amazing! I wonder how often this "spin" happens in real life now, and we just get sucked in. This one was good for a guffaw anyway. Thanks for sharing!