Is Lance Armstrong The World’s Biggest Liar?

Yes! Washington Post Fact Checker Glenn Kessler lances Lance’s boil.  The Oprah-forced “deeply flawed, arrogant bully”  shed no tears, showed no emotion, talked in the third person.  “Tentative and anxious at times.” WSJ.

Christine Brennan USA Today: At what arguably should have been the most intense, emotional, gut-wrenching moment in his life, Armstrong found time to be glib. Gallows humor, perhaps? Or, more likely, just one cold-blooded customer.

If it was possible to like Lance Armstrong even less, his 90-minute interview with Winfrey on Thursday night went a long way to accomplishing that fact. If he was hoping to win over some supporters in the court of public opinion while trying to return to some semblance of public life less than three months after being officially banned and stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, it’s hard to imagine how he might have accomplished that.

He was even more unlikable than one might have imagined. He was smug. He was curt. He was cold and unfeeling. And he doesn’t yet seem to get what he’s in for if he ever wants to even consider having a chance to come back to compete someday in age-group triathlons and marathons.

One comment seemed to say it all: Asked about how he tried to ruin the image of his former masseuse, Emma O’Reilly, Armstrong said that she “got run over.”

The way he said it, it was as if somebody else did it.

But he did it.

Clearly, the words, “I ran her over” were not in Armstrong’s vocabulary. He comes to a mea culpa sit-down with Oprah, and he can’t even say that right?

He also said he sued so many people, he didn’t even remember suing her. It was a truly telling admission.

“It’s a major flaw,” he admitted matter-of-factly, “and it’s a guy who expected to get whatever he wanted and control every outcome, and it’s inexcusable.”

Finally, a few words from Armstrong that made sense.

NYP Armstrong refused to say whether a teammate’s former wife, Betsy Andreu, was right when she claimed that she heard him list the steroids he was taking to an Indiana doctor treating him for cancer in 1996.

“It was a confidential, personal conversation,” he replied.

“They’ve been hurt too badly,” he said, when asked if they had made peace. “I did call her crazy. I think she’d be OK with me saying this . . . I said, ‘I called you crazy, I called you a bitch, but I never called you fat.’ ”

Related:  NYDN

Update 1:  Thursday’s episode entices 4.3 mil pairs of eyeballs.  Brian Stelter NYT.

Update 2:  Friday’s episode “at times seemed more like a therapy session than an inquisition.  NYT.

Friday, January 18, 2013 @ 6:32 AM


  • Anon

    “I did call her crazy. I think she’d be OK with me saying this . . . I said, ‘I called you crazy, I called you a bitch, but I never called you fat.’”

    This is an apology.

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

      It was a joke, I suppose, Anon.

  • Sentinel

    Cheated, lied to the American people, disgraced himself, received absolution from el Jeffe’s Pope – he’s now ready for Congress.

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

       But he’d have to take a huge pay cut.

  • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

    Armstrong makes Donald Trump appear absolutely angelic. 

  • Anon

    Negative. I read that story some time ago. It was just another interview with one of Armstrong’s road kill, where they observed his abusive side. He did say those things and it’s important to him that everyone knows he didn’t call her fat.

    Shameless. Ruthless. Pitiless. Remorseless. Dude’s a psychopath. His malignancy was not limited to the anatomy they removed when they castrated him. It’s comprehensive.

    But the really good news, to the extent there is any, is this:

    “Armstrong refused to say whether a teammate’s former wife, Betsy Andreu, was right when she claimed that she heard him list the steroids he was taking to an Indiana doctor treating him for cancer in 1996.”

    It’s possible that the PEDs induced his cancer, much like Lyle Alzado. If this is true, then we can only hope that all his post-cancer juice will reduce him to a state of pain & misery felt only by those whose lives he ruined.

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

      I agree with you on the Betsy Andreu story.  The Universe will deal with Lance.

    • Alienmusiclabs

      Disappointed, but not exactly surprised at Armstrong’s confessions, but…

      Is anyone else just a little creeped out about Betsy Androu recounting what she overheard a cancer patient tell his doctor in a hospital? That just seems a little out of bounds to me.

  • Jim Coles

    No, ma’am; Mr. Armstrong isn’t the world’s biggest liar … in fact, he’s pretty far down the line on that count. “Anon” used this phrase “Shameless. Ruthless. Pitiless. Remorseless. Dude’s a psychopath,” to describe him … that might be true but we know that all the political leadership on the Left fits that description, too.
    Mr. Armstrong might be a scoundrel but his motivations were right-on: fame, fortune & adulation … which combined equate to power.
    In any other time during my life thus far I’d probably be furious at Mr. Armstrong’s transgressions but given the depraved culture of today, and the political-social-economic decay we must wade through every day Mr. Armstrong’s actions are little more than T-Ball training league infractions.

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

       But where does it end, Jim? 

  • Jimbotalk

    He certainly has a lot of ball.