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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