Al Franken was apparently not pleased by the New York Post story from last week describing how the comedian-turned-pundit-and-activist took down a Lyndon LaRouche supporter who was loudly and, by all accounts, violently heckling Howard Dean at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire. Today, on the Post's letters page, is a missive signed by one miffed Al Franken, Manhattan:
The letter begins: "I did not body-slam a protestor at a Dean rally in Manchester as Vincent Morris wrote. Mr. Morris made no attempt to reach me before publishing his story."
The Post retorted with an Editor's Note largely comprised of, oops, a transcript of the taped interview Vincent Morris did with Franken immediately after the incident. Among Franken's alleged comments: "I took his legs out. Yeah!" "Yeah! Like a wrestling move!" The Post published the Franken letter and transcript under the headline: "Lies and the Lying Liar Who Told Them."
Even if Franken forgot who he spoke with after the altercation, other reports of the disrupted Dean rally bear out his explanation that the heckler he tackled was completely out of control.