The gloves are off in a throwdown between Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and Huffington Post creator Arianna Huffington over a low point in Huckabee’s career as governor of Arkansas. The controversy concerns the Huffington Post’s coverage of the part Huckabee played in the release of serial rapist Wayne Dumond, whose time in prison clearly didn’t rehabilitate him.
The Huffington Post:
It has exposed the dissembling reality behind the charming, articulate, more-preacher-than-politician facade - and has called into question both his judgment and his integrity.
Huckabee’s response has been to fudge the truth, point the finger at everyone in sight, and—that old standby—blame the messenger.
Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning, Huckabee said of our story: “there are factual errors in what they have printed, some of it is outrageously incorrect.” As an example of our factual errors, he cited… well, nothing. Not one.
He also claimed “the Huffington Post just doesn’t want to give the whole story of what was going on.” Really? Our original story on the Dumond case was over 4,000 words long and offered what even the American Spectator deemed a “detailed, convincingly irrefutable” presentation of the evidence in which HuffPost “backs up every single word.” What’s more, we included links to a number of never before published documents from the governor’s own files.
Huckabee also claimed that in a follow up story “the Huffington Post totally misrepresented and just utterly distorted” the statements of Butch Reeves, his former top aide, who told us that, contrary to his former boss’s claims, Huckabee had indeed influenced the parole board to reverse its previous rejection of Dumond’s release. Huckabee described Reeves as “outraged,” and promised that a statement from Reeves to that effect would be posted on mikehuckabee.com today. It just went up, ten hours later.