Update: A Pittsburgh police commander told KDKA Investigator Marty Griffin that Todd confessed to making up the story.
This story is making waves for a whole host of reasons, some of them you all began discussing yesterday. Chiefly: where's the outrage; is it true; and to what degree does it matter in the scope of the election? Here are the updates in the attack of Ashley Todd that may address those questions:
- Police have admitted there are several "inconsistencies" with Todd's story of being attacked at an ATM by a large African-American man who beat her and carved a "B" into her face allegedly for noticing her McCain/Palin bumper sticker. They are requesting a polygraph because her "statements about the attack conflict with evidence from the Citizens Bank ATM where she claims the incident occurred."
- Some question the timing of her Twitter account updates that seem conveniently timed to her attack.
To see what else is being said,
- The Executive Vice President of FOX news sees it as a crucial incident of politically motivated racism that will have a profound effect on the campaign either way, truth or hoax.
- Both campaigns have addressed the incident, the Obama campaign saying, "We hope that the person who perpetrated this crime is swiftly apprehended and brought to justice."
With media everywhere conflicted on the story, whether to cover it as a hoax, heinous crime, or waste of time, where do you stand?