As you’ve seen by now, my blogging has become stupidly irregular. I put it down to a lack of constant access to the internets since I noticed that I’ve so far been charged over 30 quid for roaming data rates over here in America, but also I’ve been pretty busy!
Last week’s Palin rally was an interesting experience (I’ll post photos and a write-up later), and yesterday I was in Indianapolis for Barack Obama’s speech before he headed off to Hawaii to visit his sick grandmother, again please do expect a report once I manage to get the right drivers to get my bluetooth dongle working to transfer piccies from my phone!
Anyways, I’m currently at Purdue University visiting some of my girlfriend’s uni chums and I managed to snatch a few minutes of reddit time and caught this story earlier today.
A campaign worker who claimed she was the victim of a politically-motivated attack in which she was beaten, kicked and cut, now admits that she made the whole story up.
According to Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Diane Richard, Ashley Todd, 20, told investigators today that she “was not robbed and there was no 6’4″ black male attacker.”
Todd initially told police that she was robbed at an ATM in Bloomfield Wednesday night and that the suspect began beating her after seeing a John McCain bumper sticker on her car.
Todd claimed that the mugger even cut a backwards letter “B” in her check.
But today investigators say Todd confessed that the attack never happened.
She’s now been charged with filing a false police report, but if it already wasn’t bad enough that a volunteer for the McCain campaign was making this stuff up, it now seems that the McCain campaign actually fed this story to the media itself.
John McCain’s Pennsylvania communications director told reporters in the state an incendiary version of the hoax story about the attack on a McCain volunteer well before the facts of the case were known or established — and even told reporters outright that the “B” carved into the victim’s cheek stood for “Barack,” according to multiple sources familiar with the discussions.
John Verrilli, the news director for KDKA in Pittsburgh, told TPM Election Central that McCain’s Pennsylvania campaign communications director gave one of his reporters a detailed version of the attack that included a claim that the alleged attacker said, “You’re with the McCain campaign? I’m going to teach you a lesson.”
Verrilli also told TPM that the McCain spokesperson had claimed that the “B” stood for Barack. According to Verrilli, the spokesperson also told KDKA that Sarah Palin had called the victim of the alleged attack, who has since admitted the story was a hoax.
The KDKA reporter had called McCain’s campaign office for details after seeing the story — sans details — teased on Drudge.