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Friday, October 24, 2008

It Just Keeps Getting Classier

posted by on October 24 at 11:03 AM

This McCain volunteer lady, who says she was beaten up and had a (backwards) “B” carved into her face by an angry black Obama supporter:


Admits she made the whole thing up:

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.

Wonkette did a fine job of keeping tabs on the story, from her degenerating truthiness to her Twittering of the assault. This is the most fucked presidential campaign in the long history of totally fucked presidential campaigns.

UPDATE: As people in the comments keep pointing out, the VP of Fox News said, before this whole story unraveled:

“If the incident turns out to be a hoax, Senator McCain’s quest for the presidency is over, forever linked to race-baiting.”

I eagerly await the McCain/Palin concession speech, later this afternoon.

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Yesterday both McCain and Palin called her to offer condolences. Wonder what they'll say today...

Posted by David Schmader | October 24, 2008 11:06 AM

Carving the B on her face backwards would be the first clue. What a moron.

Posted by UNPAID BLOGGER | October 24, 2008 11:07 AM

You'd think they'd be better liars, with all the practice they get.

Posted by pox | October 24, 2008 11:11 AM

Race-baiting hoax hijinx from somebody involved in the McCain campaign? ¡No es posible! Shocked, shocked, I tell you!

Posted by E | October 24, 2008 11:15 AM

Looks like the shiner is a poorly done Sultry Eye No. 5 from Cosmo.

Posted by Cindy | October 24, 2008 11:16 AM

This reminds me of the story that Susan Smith made-up. Does this little pig have any kids who are missing?

Posted by Heather | October 24, 2008 11:20 AM

The bruise exhibits no swelling. The B is backwards, and was done lightly enough not to break the skin. She couldn't describe the attacker other than he was black.

Makes sense to me!

Posted by kebabs | October 24, 2008 11:20 AM

I would also like to point out that it is physically impossible to carve a backwards "O."

The woman is a genius.

Posted by David Schmader | October 24, 2008 11:21 AM

The shiner is also way too developed to be from the day after the attack. She's almost recovered from whatever hit her face (boyfriend?) Girl's got problems, all right.

But yeah, it's nice story. Gave all the kooks a chance to REALLY explain what a random black mugger in Pittsburgh has to do with Obama: "well, you see, they're both, uh...."

Oh, and John Bailo: FUCK YOU and the horse.

Posted by Fnarf | October 24, 2008 11:22 AM

McCain's Campaign aka McCainomics: Lies from trickle from the top to the bottom.

Posted by apres_moi | October 24, 2008 11:28 AM

@ 4 - she's not involved in the McCain campaign.

Posted by UnoriginalAndrew | October 24, 2008 11:29 AM

In other "Republicans are crazy, evil shitheads" news, read Jon Swift go after "Conservative Blogger of the Year" Ace of Spades and his gang of kooked-out John Bailos:

It's time to destroy this party.

Posted by Fnarf | October 24, 2008 11:30 AM

@11: Are volunteers not involved in the campaign?

Posted by Paul Constant | October 24, 2008 11:30 AM

And this little cutie isn't the only one. There seems to be quite an epidemic of college republicans faking assualts at the hands of us evil, aggressive, hate-filled liberals. And getting caught:

Posted by alan | October 24, 2008 11:32 AM

Long lost love child of Morton Downey Jr.

Posted by W.T. Foxtrot | October 24, 2008 11:32 AM

It should be fun to watch the McCain campaign and their propaganda mouthpieces (FoxNews, Drudge) try and spin this one...they'll probably try and claim she's really a democrat who did all this this to try and humiliate the McCain campaign (of course ignoring the fact that she is a very active College Republican and McCain volunteer.

Nice going! Thanks for putting another nail in the McSame/Failin' coffin!

Posted by Jamie | October 24, 2008 11:32 AM

This story would only be better if she had said her attackers were Arabs.

Posted by Julie in Chicago | October 24, 2008 11:32 AM

I always knew this was a hoax. How many black guys from Pittsburgh are that passionate about Bob Barr?

Posted by Mac | October 24, 2008 11:32 AM

Wait, so John Bailo is a fool?

Posted by w7ngman | October 24, 2008 11:34 AM

@11, she's a McCain volunteer. She may not ride on the bus, but she's involved. McCain's campaign is drawing the crazies out like flies to honey.

Posted by Fnarf | October 24, 2008 11:34 AM

Another lame attempt to touch off a race war. Just like that crazy lady in South Carolina back in the 90s. A sad cry for attention from an obviously deranged young woman, but, seriously, what a ma-roon!

Posted by LT Nixon | October 24, 2008 11:39 AM

15, another one? you mean rebecca demornay has a younger half-sister?

Posted by ellarosa | October 24, 2008 11:39 AM

A Fox veep already said "If the incident turns out to be a hoax, Senator McCain’s quest for the presidency is over, forever linked to race-baiting." They're backpedaling now, but fuck them. The race is over. John McCain is the most dishonorable man to run for president since George Wallace.

And Sarah Palin belongs in jail. She gave out the contracts for that sports complex in Wasilla, near her house, in exchange for the contractors building her house for her -- damn near the same thing Ted Stevens is going to the pokey for.

GOP: the party of crooks and crazy people.

Posted by Fnarf | October 24, 2008 11:39 AM

Thank you for that, Mac @ 18.

Posted by David Schmader | October 24, 2008 11:41 AM

Didn't John Bailo link to this?

Hey John, what's your comment?

Posted by PC | October 24, 2008 11:41 AM

Andrew Sullivan pointed out this statement from a Fox News exec:

"If the incident turns out to be a hoax, Senator McCain’s quest for the presidency is over, forever linked to race-baiting."
Posted by sw | October 24, 2008 11:42 AM

"If Ms. Todd’s allegations are proven accurate, some voters may revisit their support for Senator Obama, not because they are racists (with due respect to Rep. John Murtha), but because they suddenly feel they do not know enough about the Democratic nominee." --John Moody Exec VP at Fox

Posted by daniel | October 24, 2008 11:42 AM

Bloomfield is a white working class Italian neighborhood.

You think she'd pick an actual "Wrong Side" (Black) neighborhood for her race bating.

Posted by NO APPLES | October 24, 2008 11:44 AM

@19: No! This is my "shocked face".

What a stupid, stupid woman. Are McCain and Palin going to call her and yell at her, or just pretend it never happened?

Posted by Jessica | October 24, 2008 11:48 AM

I had posted before her story and photo just didn't add up.

McCain/Palin supporters are getting scarier.

She could have incited real acts of violence by crazy revenge seeking racist.

Thank goodness the Philly did their job.

Posted by Ren | October 24, 2008 11:52 AM

I had posted before her story and photo just didn't add up.

McCain/Palin supporters are getting scarier.

She could have incited real acts of violence by crazy revenge seeking racist.

Thank goodness the Philly did their job.

Posted by Ren | October 24, 2008 11:52 AM

even Malkin thought it was a hoax from the start.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | October 24, 2008 11:56 AM

Isn't Ohio near Pittsburgh. I think that she must have been assaulted by Joe six pack the plumber!

Posted by sasha | October 24, 2008 12:00 PM

Strictly amateur hour from start to finish. Only the crazies ever took her seriously and now they just look even more crazy. Again.

Posted by whatevernevermind | October 24, 2008 12:01 PM

Like someone mentioned before, this definitely is reminiscent of the Susan Smith case back in the 90s, where she killed her children then lied and said she got carjacked by a black man. She got what she deserved - life in prison. In my opinion, life in prison is worse than death as a penalty for a mother who commits infanticide because they must think about what their children could've become if they were still alive.

Posted by apres_moi | October 24, 2008 12:04 PM

She refused medical attention. That shiner is a decent makeup job. Why isn't her actual eye at all red? Why is there no swelling? Hilarious.

Posted by spencer | October 24, 2008 12:07 PM

Malkin is the ONLY right-wing kook who thought it was a fake. Most of them swallowed it whole.

Posted by Fnarf | October 24, 2008 12:18 PM

@17 Why? Because it is impossible to get the "A" in "Arab" backward when putting it on yourself by looking in a mirror?

Posted by Concerned Canuck | October 24, 2008 12:22 PM

it's only fucked-up in that mccain is basically fucking up. it's nowhere near the MOST fucked-up.

i wonder if people who say this is the worst were actually alive in 1988. that SUCKED: content free, with nary a punch thrown by dukakis. it was unbearable.

Posted by max solomon | October 24, 2008 12:22 PM

I'm sorry, but....oink.

Posted by Bauhaus | October 24, 2008 12:35 PM

I suppose the backward B could mean the attacker was deslexic.

Posted by Heather | October 24, 2008 12:36 PM

Filing a false police report = Class D Felony

Class D Felony = No Vote.


Posted by cochise. | October 24, 2008 12:37 PM

this election is better than the most outlandish fiction anyone could write.

Posted by mnm | October 24, 2008 12:40 PM

I love the Fox VP quotes...possibly a black guy attacks a McCain supporter and therefore people should question Obama. By that logic because this young white republican girl lied all white republican girls lie. Oh wait, maybe it isn't so far off.

Posted by Jersey | October 24, 2008 12:47 PM

She should DEFINITELY have to pay for the forensic testing done here. (Bitch.)

Posted by Christin | October 24, 2008 12:58 PM

@43 i agree, this is the most entertaining thing to ever happen to me. its too good to be true.....lets thank the philly PD!!!

Posted by the d | October 24, 2008 1:01 PM

Lol, I remember my baby sister once bit herself and told my mother that it was me, so that way I would go to the time out chair and she would get to play with my stuff. She was 6 years old. I have no idea how fully grown adults go through with plans like this. It requires absolutely no sense of shame or common decency.

This is worse than committing a crime and then blaming some hypothetical black person to get the blame off you, this isn't fabricating a crime so you can specifically blame someone that you hate, this is fabricating a crime just so you can blame a theoretical black person. Wtf?

Posted by EmmiG | October 24, 2008 1:05 PM

My head hurts because of this story.

Posted by ohbalto | October 24, 2008 1:05 PM

@30 and 46 - It's Pittsburgh, actually. And I'm impressed all the more because the PD there had been under a consent decree for racism for a long time (don't know if it has been lifted yet or not).

Posted by Sheryl | October 24, 2008 1:06 PM

I knew this story stunk yesterday. Bloomfield was primarily Italian, but is pretty mixed these days. The street where she claimed "to be assaulted" has lots of foot traffic well into the evening.

Ashley Todd could go to jail for up to a year and be fined $2,500. Yay!

That said, I don't think she should be on prison welfare at the expense of Pennsylvania. She should be charged, fined, and sent back to Texas.

Posted by Laurie Mann | October 24, 2008 1:06 PM

WOW. Props to the commenters who called this yesterday. It sounded fishy (especially the 6'4" black man who supposedly did it) but I didn't think anyone could stoop so low. I hope she gets to share a cell with a 6'4" black woman.

Posted by jrrrl | October 24, 2008 1:11 PM

#49 I didn't know about the consent decree regarding racism on the burgh police. I lived there most of my life (6 years in Bloomfield even) and have always said western Pa is the most racist place I've ever been and I've lived all over the country. Funny they'd need to import any from Tx though.

Posted by Jersey | October 24, 2008 1:13 PM

Everyday, I consider beating up a McCain/Palin supporter, yet I refrain.

This is such a sweet payoff.

Posted by 30-30 | October 24, 2008 1:14 PM

They're starting to flip out.

Kind of like the radical religious extremists always do in the first decade after every end of the century.

They always think they're getting a Rapture.

But they're always getting a Rupture.

Sad. Very sad.

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 24, 2008 1:16 PM

How much you want to bet Palin tried to get her on the campaign trail.

Posted by Jen | October 24, 2008 1:34 PM

HA ha!

Posted by That kid from the Simpsons | October 24, 2008 2:21 PM

Yew shore gots a purty mouth, Ashley Todd. I'm gone remember that name.

Posted by Fnarf | October 24, 2008 2:28 PM


Yeah, I actually looked up the intersection on Google Maps and looked at the street view, because I'm obsessive like that. There are restaurants and cafes aplenty within feet of that ATM. I can absolutely believe that a robber could get away with a mugging there, but a protracted assault? No fucking way.

Posted by keshmeshi | October 24, 2008 2:36 PM

just didn't see this coming? i was just starting to switch over and vote for grampy after this innocent got beat down.

what a sick fuck. i still think it can get lower with the mcShame/grandma p *ahem* campaign.

Posted by bitchy not scratchy | October 24, 2008 2:37 PM

It's John Bailo's sister!

Posted by inkweary | October 24, 2008 2:40 PM

I think the only McCain boosters left are the Jonestown-type people that would drink poisoned Kool-aid if they believed it would keep the "black muslin" out of the white house.

Posted by Banna | October 24, 2008 2:43 PM

how fucking pathetic. hey john bailo, hey raindrop, where you guys at?

Posted by douglas | October 24, 2008 2:54 PM

This will be the picture that epitomizes the McCain campaign.

Posted by Jersey | October 24, 2008 7:53 PM

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