By Jeff Woods
on Tue, Jul 14, 2009 at 7:08 AM
Zach Wamp made the mistake of complaining to the Rachel Maddow Show about its segment on the Family, the weird secret Christian society which owns the C Street house where the congressman has lived in Washington for a dozen years. He denies he ever said C Street residents are sworn to secrecy about what goes on inside, as Maddow said he said on her show last week. Maddow was actually quoting the Knoxville News Sentinel's Michael Collins who paraphrased Wamp as saying there's a secrecy "pact." Whatever. Maddow wasn't exactly apologetic about it all last night. In response to his complaint, she gave Wamp another sock in the nose on national TV:
"Until we reason to believe Mr. Wamp was lying when he said C Street residents have all agreed to not speak about C Street or that his homestate paper was lying when they attributed that quote to him, I'm going to have to stand by what I said. If I have said something untrue on this program, I am quite literally, not kidding, more than happy to correct it it. But congressman Wamp, if you say something to your hometown paper that sounds bad when it's repeated on national television, don't blame the person reading the quote back to you for how creepy that quote makes you sound. I'm tempted here to add something about bearing false witness but I shall refrain. Barely."