MSNBC's Keith Olbermann has pledged that if Sean Hannity submits to waterboarding, he would donate significant funds to a charity of the Fox News host's choice. Hannity, who himself suggested the torture-for-a-cause, has yet to respond. Now he's off the hook. Last week, conservative disc jockey Erich "Mancow" Muller underwent waterboarding with no incentive other than his belief that the procedure wasn't torture. (He came out convinced that it "absolutely" was.)
Olbermann declared the torture debate "over" and promised to donate $10,000 to the charity Veterans of Valor, founded by Sgt. Klay South (who administered the waterboarding to Muller), and withdrew his offer to Sean Hannity.
OLBERMANN: This is where I normally remind Sean Hannity that it is so many days since I took him up on his offer to be water-boarded for charity, without any reply.
But with today's development, the point is moot.
"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.
So the offer to the coward Hannity -- a thousand dollars a second he lasted on the waterboard -- is withdrawn.
And to Mancow Muller, whose station's publicity person contacted us yesterday saying she'd heard I'd offered ten thousand dollars to anybody who would do what he did...
You got it. Ten thousand dollars to the military-families charity of the man who did the waterboarding, "Veterans Of Valor."
As to Hannity... you are now unnecessary.