Gawker devoted a series of posts
last week to shockjock Erich Muller, aka Mancow. First
they praised him for having undergone waterboarding so he could decide for himself whether or not it was torture. But then
they obtained a series of emails from Mancow's publicist suggesting the entire thing was a hoax, that Mancow faked being waterboarded.
Mancow insists the waterboarding wasn't faked, despite what his publicist's email may suggest.
Apparently there's no video of the event, which is the only thing that would conclusively end the debate.
Frankly, I find it hard to care one way or the other. Whether Mancow had water poured on his face for six seconds or not, the whole thing was a publicity stunt. He's a loudmouth trying to get attention, and contributing nothing intelligent to public debate. It's unfortunate he does get attention.
Thanks to Bob and Joe!
My mistake... there is video of what happened
. So I guess the debate is about whether he faked his reaction, not whether the waterboarding itself was fake. (Though some might argue that since his hands weren't bound, it wasn't really waterboarding.)