(THE HILL) — Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is hailing a Las Vegas man who said he successfully peddled a false story about the Senate minority leader being beaten up by his brother.

“What this guy proved to me is that journalism doesn’t exist,” Reid told the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Tuesday. “I wish I’d meet this guy and pat him on the back.”

Larry Pfeifer claimed to the Las Vegas Sun that he was behind the rumor that Reid, who suffered a New Year’s Day home exercise accident, was attacked by his brother, Larry. Pfeifer said he wanted to see if people would run with the story.

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