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Breaking News: Ashley Todd Admits She Lied

Updated and Bumped:

Maybe white women are safe from all of those black raping muggers after all, Kim... this just in (hat tip "engineer" in comment thread).

Police sources tell KDKA that a campaign worker has now confessed to making up a story that a mugger attacked her and cut the letter "B" in her face after seeing her McCain bumper sticker.

Ashley Todd, 20, of Texas, initially told police that she was robbed at an ATM in Bloomfield and that the suspect became enraged and started beating her after seeing her GOP sticker on her car.

Police investigating the alleged attack, however, began to notice some inconsistencies in her story and administered a polygraph test.

Authorities, however, declined to release the results of that test.

Investigators did say that they received photos from the ATM machine and "the photographs were verified as not being the victim making the transaction."

This afternoon, a Pittsburgh police commander told KDKA Investigator Marty Griffin that Todd confessed to making up the story.

The commander added that Todd will face charges; but police have not commented on what those charges will be.

According to police, investigators working on the interview process detected several inconsistencies in Todd's story that differed from statements made in the original police report.

Pittsburgh Police Public Information Officer Diane Richard released a statement earlier today, saying: "Because of the inconsistencies in her statements, Ms. Todd was asked to submit to a polygraph examination which she agreed to do."

No photos of Todd are being released by Pittsburgh Police at this time.

The investigation is continuing as officials determine what charges will be filed.

This from another report. Clearly Ashley Todd was race-baiting in a pre-election attempt to influence Pennsylvania and the nation's views of Obama.

Todd told investigators that she suspected the man then noticed a John McCain sticker on her car, became angry and punched her in the back of the head, knocking her to the ground and telling her "you are going to be a Barack supporter," police said in a statement.

She said he continued to punch and kick her while threatening "to teach her a lesson for being a McCain supporter," police said. She said he then sat on her chest, pinned her hands down with his knees and scratched a backward letter "B" into her face using what she believed to be a dull knife.

Wizbang blogger Kim Preistap not only took the bait and ran with it, she did her best to fan the hate-flames against Obama, and further stir fear in the minds of white women. Under the headline of "Breaking: Obama Supporter Attacks and Mutilates McCain Volunteer" Priestap writes:

Is this the new strategy to get Obama elected? Vote Obama or we'll riot, mutilate people and destroy property? Keep in mind, community activists used intimidation to get banks to give home loans to minority and high risk customers. They stormed bank lobbies and scared away customers. They harassed bank presidents at their homes. It seems they're willing to go even further and actually mutilate a McCain supporter. Will voters with McCain signs in their front yards be targeted, too?

To me, this is an argument to defeat Obama soundly on November 4th. We will not be intimidated into voting for Obama.

UPDATE: McCain volunteer Ashley Todd, aided by right wing bloggers like Kim Priestap, attempted to infuriate voters in the battleground state of Pennsylvania through the fabrication and distribution of racism-based lies.

Wizbang blogger Lorie Byrd adds her views in an addendum to Priestap's race-baiting post:

If the media is fair about it, this story will get a lot more attention than some idiot who may or may not have yelled "Kill Him" at a McCain rally. Any media report that does not include Obama's instructions for his supporters to "get in their faces" will be incomplete and do a disservice to news consumers by not giving them the full story.

The full story shows that right wing hate mob lied to the American people again, and if Wizbang bloggers Priestap and Byrd are fair about it, they'll post a full retraction on the story and a complete apology to all Obama supporters for the smears.

Don't hold your breath waiting for that.

Republicans will do anything to hold onto power in our country. They must be stopped on November 4th.

Related: See "Pittsburgh ATM Mugging - Proof That It's a Hoax, Folks"


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Comments (20)

engineer:
engineer:

That is why you should always go by the 48 hour rule. Wait 48 hours before commenting on something like this. It usually takes that long to sort things out. That is why I didn't make any comment.

And a criticism you Lee, no where in Kim's post did she even use the word rape or rapist, or imply such. I expect an apology to her for that, as well as I expect an apology from Kim (to everybody)for going of half cocked (no pun indeeded).

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Show me Priestap's apology to Obama supporters for implying that we will mutilate white women if Obama isn't elected and we'll talk engineer.

Reader from the beginning:

Why doesn't Wizbang cover this?

Wizbang, Drudge and the rest of the right wing almost started a race riot.

All of them should immediately condemn this women and demand full prosecution.

I am convinced that everyone at Wizbang, would be willing to standby and watch every city burn in order to let McCain win.

There is such a thing as being a great american and John McCain is not one, Matt Drudge is not one, Sarah Palin is not one, and the radicals at Wizbang are not either. Nothing is beneath them, nothing.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

I emailed Wizbang publisher Kevin Aylward twice this morning, pointing out his error in the follow-up posting he wrote where he attempted to debunk my theory that the "B" was created while looking into a mirror. In my emails I pointed to the "proof" which I later published here.

I still haven't received a reply from Kevin, and it's going on 2 hours since the first email.

Wizbang seems perfectly content to fan the flames of hatred every chance they get, and I agree that the motive behind Todd's attempts was to potentially create a highly-volatile race-related situation in the battleground state of Pennsylvania.

Our sister site Wizbang did their best to assist Todd in that endeavor.

Reader from the beginning:

Lee, you are being too kind and in an odd way I respect that.

Rebecca:

Why did she say it was a black man? Obama's supporters come in every race not just African-American, they are latino, africans, christians, muslims,asians, jews so unless she wants racial riot to erupt in the country. I really felt sorry for her thinking this poor girl. She fooled me as Bush fooled me about the war.

I have been studying this story saying I sensed it had the red flags of a hoax for the obvious reasons which have now been verified. In light of the tremendous amount of proof of election stealing, voter suppression, the problems with faulty and dysfunctional machines, and this kind of extreme some confused people go to, and the history of racial oppression and attacks directed against natives and non-European descent people, it is necessary that elections and the coverage are made truly fair and verifiable, starting with receipts like anyone gets for any transaction for paper ballots which are counted and that the system is made to be trustworthy, unlike Faux News and McCain and McBush and McPalin, who associate with real terrorists like G Gordon Liddy, Iran Contras, and the Alaskan seccessionist party, and incite their misguided followers to deny and intimidate those of us who question and want a peaceful choice. Thank goodness for ATM cameras, which would have saved a lot of great African descent men from lynching for the last few hundred years this tired old "white woman raped by the savage" BS has tragically gone on. I hope all the swing states and Pennsylvania will demand a receipt for their votes and go en masse to the polls and make a CHANGE so we can move forward away from this mentality. Blessings on beautiful Michelle and Obama for setting the better example.

Lee Ward:

"Lee, you are being too kind and in an odd way I respect that."

I have a lot of respect for Kevin, and his involvement in what went down on Wizbang on this issue, coupled with that respect, is the only thing holding me back on this. I am thoroughly disgusted by Priestap, and Byrd proved she's just as much of an opportunist by jumping all over this before thinking and looking at the hoax proofs.

I catch flak because I'm a hardcore partisan, but the motto of this blog from the start has been "explosively partisan" and I live up to that.

Using racism to try to influence the outcome of an election goes way beyond "partisanship" and into an arena where I find it incredible that Priestap is allowed to post this crap in the first place.

It's ok to have strong partisan opinions and to support those views in your choice of stories you write, but this issue shows just how far beyond any sense of reality these folks travel.

It's just as much a lie to repeat the lies of others and not retract or correct the story when the truth is known, and I have never -- in the two years I've read, commented and blogged at Wizbang -- I have never seen Kim Priestap correct one of her lying posts. Never.

engineer:

"Show me Priestap's apology to Obama supporters for implying that we will mutilate white women if Obama isn't elected and we'll talk engineer."

Venture over to Wizbang and you will see that I am giving both Kim and Lorie hell for their reporting and demanding an apology from Kim. Just thought you might be man enough to admit your mistake, guess I'm wrong.

Reader from the beginning:

Campaign McCain Palin issued a press release yesterday.

Do you think they will make a statement today?

You know, lower the flames and put country first?

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

That's not the way the right wing lie machine works, Reader.

I see that Kim Priestap has a short post up now retracting the story.

Go look at her original post - do you see an update or retraction there? Nope.

People continue to find that story, via Google or links from other sites, and nowhere in that post has Priestap corrected the story.

That's the way they work -- lie, then walk away. If caught or captured correct yourself, but never go back and correct the lie -just leave it there to continue to do its work.

Priestap did several updates to her original post that served to add more fuel to the race-baiting fire, but for obvious reasons she will not post an update to that original post informing readers of that post that it was all a lie.

Chris Longest:

If this were a hoax why didn't the Pittsburgh Police just send her home and not waste time and effort? Experience tells me this is normal for most big city PD's. Obviously they had enough intrest in this case to rake a twenty year old girl over the coals without an attorney present and obtain a confession. It's not hard to scare a little girl after she's been pimp-slapped around. Cop's are not politically neutral.

Reader from the beginning:

Lee, have you noticed how Wizbang is burying the breaking story with other material.

I think they will set a diary record by the end of the day. They need to lower their "retraction" as quick as they can.

Allen:

Lee, like I said earlier, the wingnuts got their panties in a wad, and now they can't even apologize for their trash.

Just shows that the GOP knows they have lost, unless their voter caging and electronic machines can carry the day for them, which is looking more and more doubtful. And the counter law suits against the GOP for the voter caging is heating up also.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

"Lee, have you noticed how Wizbang is burying the breaking story with other material."

Yep, that's their usual pattern. When they have a stinking pile of crap on the front page they furiously post to try to bury the embarrassment and somehow make up for it.

You've got a good eye, Reader - you spotted one of their tell-tale traits.

Lee, like I said earlier, the wingnuts got their panties in a wad, and now they can't even apologize for their trash."

Nope. In my experience Priestap will never go back and correct her stinking pile of lying crap.

Brian Kaiser:

Au contraire.......it definitely does not show that the GOP knows they have lost. Why blame what this one whack job chick did on all Republicans....if I were to use this same logic, I guess all Democrats at one time or another have associated with a KNOWN TERRORIST......which is ludicrous and mean spirited and certainly untrue. The McCain-Palin camp is doing just fine thankyou even as the mainstream media is doing it's darndest to prematurely appoint Barry the main guy. I think they call that ''counting your chickens before they're hatched''.

Chris Longest:

Allen, it's not the right wing-nuts who wear panties.

shawn:

why is it racist class warfare to want children to be educated?

The Truth:

The real story on Wizbang, of course, is that Kim Priestap has lost every ounce of whatever questionable credibility she ever had. She soiled her metaphorical britches in grand style "reporting" a "story," about a white, female McCain campaign worker who was allegedly attacked by a black, male Obama supporter, who, while carrying out this heinous deed, carved a "B" on her face with a knife. Which now of course has been has been exposed as an utter, total lie.

But let's concentrate on the Kimster, shall we? She's been completely and thoroughly exposed as a shrill, hysterical spokes-hole, a mindless, Palin-esque empty shell and tool who reflexively parrots, without investigation, without conscience, without the slightest glimmer of intelligence, the following idiocy:

"Drudge has the headline in red. These Obama cultists are dangerous and out of control. What the hell will these people do if the messiah loses on November 4th? Is this the new strategy to get Obama elected? Vote Obama or we'll riot, mutilate people and destroy property? Keep in mind, community activists used intimidation to get banks to give home loans to minority and high risk customers. They stormed bank lobbies and scared away customers. They harassed bank presidents at their homes. It seems they're willing to go even further and actually mutilate a McCain supporter. Will voters with McCain signs in their front yards be targeted, too? To me, this is an argument to defeat Obama soundly on November 4th. We will not be intimidated into voting for Obama."

Really Kim. Have you no pride? Have you no shame? Have you no decency?

You certainly have no credentials as a journalist, reporter or writer. You've embarrassed yourself about as totally as one can in public.

You've exposed yourself for what you are. The next time you link the words "Obama" and "terrorist" in the same sentence, please be sure to take a long look in the mirror and ask yourself just who the real terrorist seems to be here.

I wish you a eight long, wonderful years in the country of President Obama. Get used to it. You've helped make it happen.

And we who support Obama can't thank you enough!


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