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Whoa, If True: Harry Reid's Mobster Fistfight and Cover-Up

Did the Senate leader really injure himself in a humiliating way? Yes.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 22, 2015.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 22, 2015.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

This is the second installment of  "Whoa, If True," an occasional look at the conspiracy theories that migrate from the wilds of the Internet to the well-covered tundra of presidential campaigns.

On Friday afternoon, in a segment about the retirement of Nevada Senator Harry Reid, Rush Limbaugh cast doubt on the official story of the Democratic leader's gruesome facial injuries. Reid kept saying that he had wounded himself and damaged his right eye when a piece of exercise equipment broke. Not so, said Limbaugh.