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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Michelle Malkin Calls ATM Attack Fraud!

*****UPDATE***** Pittsburgh Police are reporting that Ashley Todd made up the entire attack and mutilation. My humble apologies to Michelle Malkin. - Papamoka
A young woman, a McCain campaign supporter from Texas, was attacked, robbed, and had a backwards “B” carved into her face for simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. She was in Pittsburgh working with friends doing what most people her age do not do. Supporting her candidate for President, John McCain. She is yet another victim of campaign violence and idiot supporters thinking they can send a better message than the candidates.

WTAE TV in Pittsburgh has this on it…

PITTSBURGH -- A 20-year-old woman who was robbed at an ATM in Bloomfield was also maimed by her attacker, apparently because of her political views, Pittsburgh police said.

According to WTAE's news exchange partners at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Ashley Todd, of College Station, Texas, was using an ATM at Liberty Avenue and Pearl Street just before 9 p.m. Wednesday when a man approached her and put a knife to her throat.

Police spokeswoman Diane Richard said the robber took $60 from Todd, then became angry when he saw a McCain bumper sticker on the victim's car. The attacker then punched and kicked the victim, before using the knife to scratch the letter "B" into her face, Richard said.

Michelle Malkin, the right wing extreme blogger, is calling Ashley Todd who is a McCain supporter and the victim of an ATM robbery where the attacker carved a “B” into her face a fraud. This young woman was attacked and mutilated by this animal whoever he is and that is not right! How Michelle Malkin can come to that conclusion without actually being involved in the case is beyond belief. Does Malkin have access to the Pittsburgh Police evidence in the case?

Why that McCain volunteer’s “mutilation” story smells awfully weird

By Michelle Malkin • October 23, 2008 06:43 PM

Throughout my career, I’ve covered dozens of fake hate crimes — campus hate crime hoaxes, Muslim hate crime hoaxes, fake noose hangings, etc., etc., etc. Most were perpetrated by liberals, but there have been some shameful ones on our side of the aisle as well.

I’ve reported on the great lengths that warped attention-seekers have gone to in perpetrating fake hate crimes, including beating themselves up, carving swastikas on their dorm room doors and walls, locking themselves in bathroom stalls, and burning down their own houses.

Which is why I’m not jumping up and down with outrage over Drudge-promoted story of a McCain volunteer claiming to have been attacked by a black man whom she accused of carving a “B” in her face after spotting her McCain bumper sticker.

She refused medical treatment after reporting the incident to police. Why on earth would she do that?
- Michelle Malkin

As a Democrat it offends me that Michelle Malkin, a staunch Republican, is calling this kid a fake, a fraud, and a liar. Where the hell is her compassion for the victim of a hate crime?

Politics is what it is today, young people are getting involved and I thank this young lady for being a McCain supporter a long way from her home in Texas. She didn’t deserve this attack and frankly I’m offended that Michelle Malkin, a GOP talking head is accusing Ashley Todd of fraud and deception. The kid was attacked and robbed!

Let me be clear, violence in political campaigns coming from any political supporter, extremist, or just idiots is not acceptable in America. I’m a Barack Obama supporter and this kind of violence against a young woman who supports McCain is unacceptable. No violence is acceptable as a political opinion. America is not a Soprano's sitcom where you can bully your thoughts and desires on anyone. We are a land of laws and whoever the monster was that did this to this poor young girl should be tracked down, arrested, and jailed.

Michelle Malkin owes this young lady a huge apology! Malkin is basing her thoughts on comments in her blog and not the investigation by real police officers handling this investigation and crime. Right now the only one smelling like a fraud is Michelle Malkin!


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Blogger DB said...

The attack is disgusting. So is the shameless attack on her character by Malkin.

8:52 PM  
Blogger Papamoka said...

Can't argue with you DB. I'm just shocked over this. I would have thought Michelle Malkin better than this. Don't get me wrong, she is a conspiracy addict but this young lady was mutilated in this attack.

I don't see Malkin's logic in her thoughts and the article. Why would she even suggest that a young woman that is twenty would purpousefully scar her face for life? This was a hate crime and I have no stomach for it and Michelle Malkin just added to that hate crime. The girls website link on Malkin is loaded with accusations and hate messages for her being the victim and attacked.

Casting a vote for President was never this difficult before or so strewn with violence against supporters. I honestly think this crime was disgusting.

9:20 PM  
Blogger DB said...

Actually, I am surprised she isn't using this attack for political gain like everyone else is! This has nothing to do with the campaigns or the followers in general and should easily be denounced by everyone period without resorting to calling it a fraud.

9:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's one of the few times that I agree with Malkin but the story is fishy as hell and you shouldn't get your panties in a knot.

Here's the facts, Todd claims to have been attacked by a large black man while driving around to find an ATM machine. She claims the guy attacked her near her car, which means she had very bad luck, also she was just outside the cameras of the ATM.

Plus the 'B' is backwards, there is only skin irritation, no breakage and if you're getting your face cut, it sure as hell isn't going to come out that clean.

Plus not wanting medical treatment and blogging about it right afterwards? She doesn't get the benefit of the doubt and you should be happy that a nut like Malkin is looking at it from the other angle instead of believing a mean old black man attacked a helpless white women, who happened to be a republican.

I heard this story before the white woman killed her two kids and blamed a black man for it.

10:07 PM  
Blogger DB said...

This is why I don't defend Republicans very often. You can't win!

10:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has no one noticed that the "B' is backwards... classic "do-it-yourself in the mirror" stuff. Or are all of you wonderfully elite liberals going to chalk that up to the black attacker having dyslexia or that he is uneducated? Shame on you!

Additionally, liberals can't even agree with Malkin, who I would guess is actually right in this instance, just because she happens to be a "right wing extreme blogger". This goes to show that there will be no "reaching across the aisle", if that Liberal Fascist, Obama, is elected.

10:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Relax everybody , even the police don't believe her. Latest news is they have rquestioned her again due to "inconsistencies" in her story and she has taken a ploygraph test. Not a normal thing to have assault victims take polygraphs. So let's wait until this plays out.

11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree with malkin, i'm sure there would be camera coverage of the incident, def seems fishy why no medical attention?

11:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who would carve a backwards B? Unless of course you're an idiot and are doing it in the mirror. Facts are coming out that this girl didn't use an ATM that night. Police don't believe her and are making her take a lie detector. The fact that McCain and Palin called her and are jumping on this to try to use it against Obama is just ridiculous. They have no Policy to stand on and those "straight talkers" are fucking up all over the place with their lack of vetting (Joe the Plumber) and over all poor judgement. It is mind boggling to me how anyone is voting for McCain in this election.

As far as the girl goes, I feel terrible for her, whether she's lying or not.

1:21 PM  
Anonymous mike said...

Hey DB and Papamoka,
As most people (besides fox news and drudge) realized, this was a fraud. And now this little brat will hopefully have her life ruined for her selfish actions.

2:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, you people gonna to apologize to Malkin and me for being rightful skeptical to the race-baiting attention whore?

3:34 PM  
Blogger Papamoka said...

I've updated the post to reflect the truth and I apologized to Michelle Malkin. In addition I added another post with the apology and the latest information from the Pittsburgh Police.

If I offended anyone that read this post I was talking from the point of allowing the police to fully investigate the alleged crime before calling a victim a criminal. Pittsburgh Police investigated this incident by Ashley Todd and they revealed the truth. I'm thankful to them for the hard work they put into this case.

Now that we all know the facts, this crime was still disgusting.

4:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am gonna say it you blog was an epic Failure

5:01 PM  
Blogger Papamoka said...

I have to disagree that this blog is a failure my friend. We keep an open mind on many issues and in cases where a crime was committed, I would rather err on the side of caution than blindly blame the victim. The police across America know how to do their jobs and I trust them to do it well. The Pittsburgh Police Department served the people of their city well and in this case the nation.

Please don't call the people that write here a failure for having an opinion on issues that effect all Americans. It is people that don't voice an opinion that scare me. I will not hold my breath waiting for an apology.

6:15 PM  
Blogger DB said...

I am pretty sure the original post and comments were before this new information came out.

Anyways, I laugh at the idea that all these anonymous commenters who are taking this so seriously. What do you all have to gain if this is fraud? Or if it is real? How is this political? From the original breaking story, you have to admit it sounded kind of messed up, especially since it broke mostly in conservative news. Is this all from offended Malkin followers? She is a complete moron.

6:30 PM  
Blogger DB said...

Ok, I went and read some of the updates trying to figure out how this could all amount to attacking a liberal for defending the initial report. I found this has nothing to do with defending Malkin, but more to do with separating themselves from this incident. Rather than this being a "typical" liberal attack as originally suggested by conservative sites and the "liberal" media, it is more about "typical" conservative race baiting coming from a frustrated campaign worker who knows McCain is done.

6:54 PM  

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