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Old 12 January 2009, 01:31 AM
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Mister Ed Sen. Reidís swinging family tree a mere web spoof

One of the better internet spoofs out there thatís fooling a lot of folks is a bogus story that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had a great-great uncle, Remus Reid, who was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Montana in 1889.

But there was good reason Iíd never heard of Uncle Remus Reid. It took just a few minutes to discover that Thomas Mitchell, editor of the Las Vegas Review Journal, had already debunked the Reid family tale, noting that reports that virtually the same e-mail had been sent about politicians named Rodham, Gore, Dion and Stevens.
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