Sean Hannity chickened out on his offer to be waterboarded for charity, but conservative talk show host Erich “Mancow” Muller decided to prove that waterboarding wasn’t torture by submitting to it.
I wanted to prove it wasn’t torture. They cut off our heads, we put water on their face … I really thought “I’m going to laugh this off.”
You can probably guess where this is going. Muller lasted six seconds (an average person lasts 14 seconds).
It is way worse than I thought it would be, and that’s no joke. 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. … Absolutely. I mean that’s drowning. It is the feeling of drowning. If I knew it was gonna be this bad, I would not have done it.
You can see video of him being waterboarded here.
Keith Olbermann, who offered $1000 for each second that Sean Hannity could endure waterboarding, rescinded his offer and instead donated $10,000 to charity in the name of Muller.
Mancow Muller had the guts to put his mouth where his mouth was, and the guts to admit he was dead wrong. As you saw, he not only said it is torture, but that he had nearly drowned as a boy, and it is drowning, and that he would have admitted to anything to make it stop.
Olbermann added “Mr. Muller will join us on this news hour next week. As to Hannity… you are now unnecessary.”