What Fresh Hell Is This?

October 24, 2008

On Ashley Todd

By now most of you have already heard about the mugging of Ashley Todd in Bloomfield.  If not, you can catch the the details via the AP.  The lede:
A campaign volunteer for John McCain told police she was robbed at knifepoint at an ATM and knocked down by a man who then carved a "B" in her face after noticing a sticker for the presidential candidate on her car.
Both John McCain and Sarah Palin have called Todd to express their concern and the Allison Price, of the Obama campaign in Pittsburgh is quoted as saying:
Our thoughts and prayers are with the young woman for her to make a speedy recovery and we hope that the person who perpetrated this crime is swiftly apprehended and brought to justice.
I went looking for some other reactions around the web.

Here's one. The writer starts by saying that she's covered a number of hate-crime hoaxes.  Some perpetrated by liberals and some by conservatives and then she writes:
I’ve reported on the great lengths that warped attention-seekers have gone to in perpetrating fake hate crimes, including beating themselves up, carving swastikas on their dorm room doors and walls, locking themselves in bathroom stalls, and burning down their own houses.

Which is why I’m not jumping up and down with outrage over Drudge-promoted story of a McCain volunteer claiming to have been attacked by a black man whom she accused of carving a “B” in her face after spotting her McCain bumper sticker.
After pointing out that Todd refused medical treatment and that thevery neat "B" carved into her cheek is actually backwards, she concludes:
I’ve got my doubts.
Though a bit later there's this:
If I’m wrong, I’ll apologize. If I’m right, will this woman?
So just who is this writer of this attack?  So unsympathetic to the plight of Ashley Todd that she's basically saying that it's all a hoax?

Michele Malkin, that's who.


Chus said...

More information!: Ashley Todd: political victim or hoax?

mcslagslag said...
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mcslagslag said...

Bob Mayo has some questions:

[A]re there any witnesses? How busy is that area at that time of evening? There does not appear to be a drive-through ATM at that location; where was the woman's car parked in relation to the sidewalk ATM? Was the McCain phone bank office where the victim was working near the scene? Is it clear why the robber stayed around to watch her go to her car instead of running off with the $60? Did she go back into the phone bank office or into any nearby business after the attack? Some news reports say the woman drove to a friend's home; how far is that from the scene? Other reports say the woman declined treatment at the scene -- is that correct? Who offered treatment and at what point? Another report says the attacker said "you're with the McCain campaign"; is that an accurate quote from the victim to police of the attacker's words? Does she know how he knew she was with the campaign, and not simply a person with a bumper sticker?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Anonymous said...

Savage was using it (He has a link to the Tribune-Review's story, and a picture of the alleged victim) to race bait. He literally asked his listeners: If this is what they're doing before Obama is elected, what do you think it will be like afterwards?"

Of course, the picture of Ms. Todd has her with a black eye as well, something missing in other photos.

Bob said...

Off Subject
Market Crash eminent! The US markets will likely be halted to prevent major losses.
Save your money this holiday season.

Sherry said...

don't know if it's true or not but it reminded me a lot of the tawana brawley business.

why is the b backwards? that is strange. the victim said the guy was 6 ft 4 inches tall. damn, i would have been going to the hospital to get checked out.

guess we might never know but savage is a first class slimeball.

Merge Divide said...

From the perspective of a Pittsburgh local, this looks like more race-baiting from the GOP:

Read About It.

Gab Bonesso said...

The best part about this story... Now I have a Halloween costume!



EdHeath said...

Ashley Todd apparently said she was "sexually assaulted" (I don't know if that necessarily means raped or what it means specifically). Which is a bothersome detail, since it implies the crime took even longer than any of us suspected.

The crime would be a lot more believable if she had said her assailant had dragged her to one of Bloomfield's many alleys, perhaps the one of the ones that run parallel to Liberty.

If the police do apprehend a suspect, charge him with sexually assault and the district attorney proceeds to trial, you can sort of see where a defense attorney would go with this.

John K. said...

John K: Yah it doesn't fit the lefty template. Now if it happened on the campus of Duke Univ who needs facts. Or if someone had thrown a brick threw the window of the McCain HQ in Port vue, oh wait someone actually did that, they have pictures. Shucks. But still it doesn't fit the lefty template so we will destroy this woman like we did Joe the Plumber. Do I know lefties or what? LOL LOL LOL

Maria said...

WTAE reported at noon that even though the ATM takes a picture of everyone who takes out money, there is no picture of her or any other video of her at the ATM where she said it happened.

Sherry said...

you know john, true or not. this is no laughing matter.

Ol' Froth said...

Police now saying its a hoax. KDKA reporting that Todd confessed to making the story up and is facing charges.

And of course, a backwards B looks like a forward one in the mirror!
Talk about a desperate campaign!

Heir to the Throne said...

KDKA reporting that Todd confessed to making the story up and is facing charges.
OMG John Mcintire was right.
Facing charges??
Today's advice. Don't confess. Write a Book.
Duke Lacrosse Rape Liar, Crystal Meth, Writes A Memoir To Continue The Lies

Maria said...

If you file a FALSE police report you can face charges.

Matt H said...

Liar liar pants on fire!

Merge Divide said...

John K.

I guess this did fit the "lefty template" after all.

Hamster said...

The Conservatives were all set to make Ashley Todd the next big "Ashley the Victim". alongside “Joe the Plumber”. They would take her on the campaign stump where she could tell sympatric throngs how she was assaulted and robbed by a black Obama supporter…and that a vote for Obama was a “vote for my attacker”
As soon as they heard about the incident , McCain and Palin rushed to make personal calls consoling the “victim” and promising her full support.
Right wing bloggers were getting set with headlines that would scream : BLACK OBAMA SUPPORTER RAPES WHITE MCCAIN SUPPORTER
The McCain campaign was going to have a field day. The argument would go something like this: Obama’s campaign has encouraged their supporters to “get in the faces” of anyone supporting McCain. This led to black criminal elements in the Obama campaign taking things too far. Obama needs to rein in his people before someone gets killed. He’s running a Mafia like campaign to intimidate white voters.
Bloggers were complaining online that the Sarah Todd assault story wasn’t getting enough play in the liberal media.
Then, 48 hours after the “assault” whole incident came crashing down in a heap
"Ashley the Victim" became “Ashley the Liar” when she admitted to police that she had made the entire story: No black man, No knife , No knocking her in the back of the head., No “feeling up her shirt”, No "B" for Barrack carved into her face, No $60 dollars , No McCain bumper sticker...”Nothing, Nada, Zippo”
Now all the McCain camp has left is a stinking pile of embarrassing manure
But because they made such a big stink about the incident in the first place Everyone is talking about Ashley Todd….The McCain campaign worker who lied.
So here’s my question: “Is there so much hatred and loathing of Obama among McCain supporters that they have to resort to concocting “Willy Horton” type stories complete with fake assaults, robbery and facial disfiguring to frighten white voters to cast their vote against a black man.
The woman could very easily have said she was attacked and robbed by an Obama supporter. Why throw a 6’ 4” 200 lb knife wielding black man into the mix. Does it add to the drama. Does it play to every white woman’s fears of dark alleys with strange black men?
We are all relieved that this incident never happened. It would have been one more divisive wedge in a country where race and bigotry are still alive. Fortunately for us all, at least one McCain’s campaign worker can’t carve the letter “B” correctly.

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