Now this is not in any way to make light of Laurence O'Donnell's difficulties with being a total bastard -- it's obviously a very difficult thing to bear. But that NBC gets a tax deduction for putting this derision on the air...
Hat-tip: Brother Keith, who linked to this in a comment below.
It is bad enough that MSNBC's Lawrence O’Donnell mocks Ann Romney for riding horses to treat her multiple sclerosis. But then shows what an ignoramus he is by saying that "dressage (competitive horse riding) does not appear in any of the more traditional courses of treatment" for MS.
Actually, for many illnesses riding horses is a legitimate therapy technique. It’s called "hippotherapy." Wikipedia has a nice description of it, and there’s even an group called the American Hippotherapy Association.
UPDATE II: Here's dagny's last video promoted to embed:
Nope, no therapy, no athleticism.
UPDATE III: Neil Cavuto piles on quite humorously and forthrightly:
Ann Romney doesn't need my defense.
But her critics need to use some common sense.
Because you might find such therapy strange, trust me when I tell you, the disease it helps treat, is a lot more strange. And cruel.
So go ahead and have a good laugh over Ann and her horses and whether they have anything to do with her illness.
UPDATE III.V: (Oooh, there's video of Cavuto on the intertube thingy...):