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McCain Supporter Ashley Todd Attacked

Updates on the Ashley Todd: McCain Supporter Attacked Story

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?

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christinapeeples christinapeeples 8 years
its sicknening how somebody could falsely accuse innocent people like that!
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
Rev-Jim Rev-Jim 8 years
Desperation takes hold of the McCain campaign in a failed lynching of Senator Obama. So sad.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
So now she is saying she doesn't know how it happened but she knows she did it? Lots of girls self mutilate and feel ashamed about it. Due to the black eye, you have to question whether she really did have an accomplice that she is trying to protect.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
LOL hypno!
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Something tells me that this young lady has many arguements with herself.
reedmk2 reedmk2 8 years
Even if her story were true, how could this possibly change the election? If she was attacked by an Obama supporter does that mean people should change their vote? Sick people reside on both sides of the political fence and some even sit on it. Neither Obama nor McCain winning the election is going to change that. For the whole argument on the B being upside down or right side up, sit on a spouse or friends chest and write a B on their right cheek with lipstick or a crayon...
streetkitty streetkitty 8 years
well she was beat up by somebody...most likely her boyfriend or drug dealer. She needs mental health services for sure. Anyone who would confabulate (nice way to say out right lie for no apparent reason) that she was assulted and was not has to be crazy. Further to say it was a Black man who attacked her WHEN IF FACT IT DID NOT HAPPEN should be viewed as a possible hate crime. This is disgraceful. And the fact McCain was eager to call and offer his sympathy brings his LOCK OF GOOD JUDGEMENT INTO QUESTION ...AGAIN. Just like Joe the plumer was a Republican plant I wonder???
True-Song True-Song 8 years
She's saying she doesn't remember what happened to her face now. And that she wasn't politically motivated. Can you imagine being her parents? The more I think about it the more pissed I am. She literally cried wolf on sexual assault. She did such a disservice to women!
Hendrixluvr Hendrixluvr 8 years
It is my prayers that her confession to falsifying this incident is as widely publicized as her awful lie was. It is imperative that Ashley receives help, because she is obviously suffering from a dissociative identity disorder. Let's hope that all the spin doctors, pundits and talking heads get out to the masses that this was fabricated! It is even sadder if these wounds were self inflicted and judging by the backwards B they most likely were.
PinkNC PinkNC 8 years
She needs to be prosecuted to the fulliest extent of the law, because she knew exactly what she was doing through all of the hours that she was doing it, making her statement. She was placing blame that could have gotten an innocent man arrested.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I don't think people are unjustified in passing judgment on a woman whose false police report could have gotten an innocent person arrested and possibly convicted of her made-up crime.
melizzle melizzle 8 years
Ugh. I hope they prosecute her to the fullest extent. What a horrible woman....
indielove indielove 8 years
This girl is so amazingly idiotic. Isn't it obvious that she did this in the MIRROR? She drew it the way she saw herself doing it in the mirror. Make sense now?
lorenashley lorenashley 8 years
what a damn shame. wasting so many hours on her. she owes that city CASH! seriously! :barf:
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
"I do think she'll be treated more gingerly than her fictional attacker would have been were he real." Which is too bad because this could have had very series ramifications. Who knows what would have happened if she hadn't been caught in her lie?
deanna024 deanna024 8 years
I bet she thought she was helping the McCain campaign by generating sympathy for their cause. Man, she went wrong. But I do not agree with the FOX News head who said this would lose the election for McCain campaign. She is one of hundreds of thousands of volunteers across the country. The campaign can't control or screen every one of them. She is not an official spokesperson -- she's not acting on directions from campaign heads to do something. I'm sure there are crazies amongst the volunteers for both sides. With those large numbers, there are bound to be. I don't think less of McCain for her actions. She, at this point, seems to have acted on her own.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Gotcha, lil.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
You know, I wonder what would have happened if the police had believed her story and arrested some guy. Would she have let him go to jail? I have a feeling the answer is "yes."
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Carving someone's face would require a degree of mental instability. And I don't mean you specifically, Lil K, but I do think she'll be treated more gingerly than her fictional attacker would have been were he real.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I'm not saying in the least that they should absolve her of responsibility, which is why I went out of my way to specify that I'm not saying that she's criminally insane. I posted that in response to the suggestion that she just wanted attention, not that she's got some sort of mental issues. I think the two go hand-in-hand.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
"I honestly don't think it's debatable that someone who would do this has some sort of mental health issues." I do see your point, lil, but I think what's still up for debate is how much any of her supposed mental health issues would absolve her of responsibility for her actions. I don't think they absolve her at all unless she's, like, a multiple personality sufferer who literally was not in control of her actions at the time. Pedophiles can be said to have mental health issues, but I don't feel sorry for them either. Not one bit.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
So, yes, I would have described him as I described her, as someone with some mental health issues.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Well, I can't speak for others, TS, but I think all criminals are unbalanced and in need of mental help. They may not necessarily be criminally insane, but they obviously have some issues.
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
i concur on the racist thing jude -- i'm surprised it wasn't an "AYYY-RAB" who "attacked" her.
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