Sunday, May 24, 2009

Conservative Host "Mancow" Waterboarded, Admits It's "Absolutely Torture"

In an attempt to prove that waterboarding isn't torture, conservative Chicago radio host Erich "Mancow" Muller decided to try it. He came to a completely different conclusion:

...Witnesses said Muller thrashed on the table, and even instantly threw the toy cow he was holding as his emergency tool to signify when he wanted the experiment to stop. He only lasted 6 or 7 seconds.

"It is way worse than I thought it would be, and that's no joke," Mancow said, likening it to a time when he nearly drowned as a child. "It is such an odd feeling to have water poured down your nose with your head back...It was instantaneous...and I don't want to say this: absolutely torture."

"I wanted to prove it wasn't torture," Mancow said. "They cut off our heads, we put water on their face...I got voted to do this but I really thought 'I'm going to laugh this off.' "


In August 2008, writer Christopher Hitchens tried waterboarding and wrote about his terror during the process and his panic afterwards of being short of breath. He concluded, "Well, then, if waterboarding does not constitute torture, then there is no such thing as torture."

Jonathan Chait wrote, "I think the torture debate would be mighty different if more of the conservatives who scoff at waterboarding would try the same thing." Sean Hannity, for example, said that he would experience a "dunking." MSNBC's Keith Olbermann offered to contribute $1,000 to a charity for every second of Hannity's waterboarding. Hannity never responded. Olbermann rescinded the offer to Hannity and instead gave $10,000 to the Veterans of Valor following Muller's waterboarding. Olbermann concluded, "Mancow Muller had the guts to put his mouth where his mouth was, and the guts to admit he was dead wrong. ...So the offer to the coward Hannity—a thousand dollars a second he lasted on the waterboard—is withdrawn."

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