The Drudge Report went all out yesterday afternoon, announcing with a bold red headline that a McCain campaign volunteer – a young white woman – had been attacked and “mutilated” in Pittsburgh... by a large, dark-skinned black man who didn’t like the McCain stickers on her car.
The young woman’s name is Ashley Todd. And she told police that the giant Negro carved a letter “B” on her cheek with a knife.
“You are going to be a Barack supporter,” the giant Negro said.
Turns out Ashley Todd made the whole thing up. Including cutting her own face.
I hereby salute right-wing blogger Michelle Malkin, who was suspicious of the girl’s story right away.
Even before Ashley had confessed, Ms. Malkin wrote: “Hate crimes hoaxes – by anyone, of any political persuasion, and of any color – diminish us all.”
Even Lawrence Auster, my favorite far-right blogger – a man who often writes luridly about black criminal “savagery” – even he voiced a bit of skepticism about Ashley’s tale last night.
(Although Mr. Auster also wrote this: “The attack on a white woman because she had a McCain bumper sticker also supports the prediction of some [of my readers] that the election, whether Obama wins or loses, will lead to an outpouring of black anti-white violence.”
(Well, Larry... keep a happy thought.)
I’m about to board a flight back to Los Angeles. But I really look forward to the cable-news chatter about this incident tonight.
UPDATE (10/24/08): Via the magic of the internets, tonight’s Keith Olbermann segment on the Ashley Todd fiasco is embedded below.
The new question is whether a McCain official in Pennsylvania “pushed” the story of the big black assailant to local media yesterday.