Friday, October 24, 2008

Republican Racism Watch Part LXXVI

So yesterday the blogs (and Drudge and Fox News) were abuzz with the story of Ashley Todd, a McCain campaign volunteer who claims to have been mugged and then mutilated by a scary African American fellow (Willie Horton, maybe?) who was enraged by the McCain bumper stickers on her car and proceeded to beat her and carve the letter "B" on her cheek with a knife. As you might expect, the mouth-breathers on the Right just couldn't help themselves. Here are a few choice comments posted by Fox News readers shortly after the original story ran (and before it was updated to appear more skeptical than when it first saw print):

WHERE'S THE HATE CRIME ACCUSATION? WHY DOES AP NOT TELL US THE RACE OF THE MUGGER? WHY DOES THE "MAINSTREAM MEDIA" TRY TO COVER UP THE OVERWHELMING PERCENTAGE OF VIOLENT CRIMES COMMITTED BY BLACK CRIMINALS - SO SOCIETY CAN DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM, INSTEAD OF AVOIDING IT....... AFRAID TO BE CALLED, WHAT ELSE! - RACIST!!!!!


Rodney King-- why can't we just get along...


Surprise! Surprise!...Obamabots are insane and aggresive. Tell me something I didn't already know. Will someone please save America from these people!!


The REAL Obama World! The Obama Media, Obama, Obama's Associations, Obama's Campaign are all to blame for this Hate Crime. I am confident that Ayers just loves this story. This is what Obama and Ayers, and the rest of their Terrorist Family is all about. They love this type of stuff - it's like a drug high for them! The rest of the country better start clinging to their guns and religion! If Obama wins they will need to move the oval office to Federal Prison!


Obama doesn't pull his starving brother out from under the bus because he is afraid that his brother may slip and tell people that Barack was born in Kenya and therefore doesn't meet the requirements to run for President. There's a reason why there are 3 lawsuits against him.


his is not the first sort that happened. and there'll be more if Obama won. he's a thorough terrorist that wants to control America. no wonder why people dare to speak the truth. Osama campaign would just challenge good people with: how dare you. Osama just out of America!!


This is what we have to look forward to when Obama loses. Rodney King Idiots will come out of the woodworks.


yep this is what we have to look foward to plus his gun control cant even protect yourself anymore thats just the beginning what next we all got to get the B carved in our faces not i will fight it with my life. jesus is comming i have god on my side i am safe nothing they can do to hurt me.


The Obama campaign released the statement and it was written by the attacker..

Problem is, just as soon as the story was published, skeptical eyes across the internet (and, it should be noted, across the ideological spectrum) started spotting odd inconsistencies. Perhaps the most obvious was that the letter "B" on the young lady's cheek was carved backwards, as if done in front of a mirror. Also odd was the fact that the wound appeared to be very, very superficial, so much so that the woman refused medical treatment after reporting the supposed assault to the police. Another peculiar aspect of the story is that the woman logged the event in her online diary as it was happening. No, she didn't log the "actual" mugging, but did log her supposed search for an ATM that led her to winding up on the "wrong side" of Pittsburgh.

Now it appears that even the police are skeptical of the young woman's story, for the reasons cited above as well as the lack of video evidence to corroborate her story from the ATMs video camera. The thinking is that Todd concocted this story as a way of inflaming racial animus in the hope of aiding the McCain campaign. Indeed, the evidence so strongly points in this direction that Todd is becoming radioactive to the Right.

Of course, not all conservative bloggers are convinced that Todd is lying. As Right-Wing propaganda "media watchdog" organization Newsbusters helpfully points out, there's actually nothing suspicious about Todd's wound if we simply assume that the mugger carved it into her face while she was hanging upside-down from a tree branch like a bat:


Let it go, guys... seriously.

(UPDATE: She made the whole story up. It's official. Now we can expect Newsbusters to write a piece on how the liberal media hyped this obviously fake story to set the McCain campaign up for a fall. Coming in five, four, three...)

2 comments:

Travis said...

Newsbusters might have a point if Todd hadn't given a police statement that her attacker sat on her chest and pinned her arms with his knees (like my big brother used to do when we were kids) while "cutting" her face

ruby said...

Oops, yeah, I saw that too. So we must assume it was a dyslexic attacker who nevertheless had the time to carefully scratch her lightly.

Gee, when I was robbed in NYC, they RAN.

Also to be noted is that the area she's talking about is full of people, even at 9pm and instead of going into an restaurant a half-block away and screaming, she walked a half a mile to a friend's house. She wasn't scared to walk, apparently.

The media, CNN and AP included, have been unbelievably irresponsible, reporting this, at first, as fact. Esp. the headlines. A highly biased person reports being an unobserved victim with a backwards letter? Duh. Shame on them, and shame on anyone taken in by this sham and expressing hateful thoughts as a result.