Posted Sep 16, 2010 11:50 am CDT
U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson is setting the record straight: He is not an avid hunter and taxidermist who once killed three brown bears and mounted their heads over his courtroom door.
“I’ve never killed a bear,” the Pensacola federal judge told the New York Times, “and I’m not Davy Crockett.”
Rush Limbaugh, however, got that news a little too late. On Tuesday, he touted Vinson’s bear-hunting expertise, telling his listeners that the mounted bear heads were intended to “instill the fear of God into the accused,” the New York Times reports. He saw a link between Vinson’s hunting skills and the likely fate of the federal health care law that is before the judge (liberals, Limbaugh said, should be wary).
The newspaper says Limbaugh likely got the information from Wikipedia. On Sunday and Monday morning the bear claim was posted to the website, with a footnote to a Pensacola News Journal article that doesn’t exist. The information was taken down Tuesday afternoon.