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October 24th, 2008
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The Weird Story of the Woman Who Was Supposedly
attacked because she had a McCain bumper sticker. She had a "B" carved into her face by her assailant after being robbed at an ATM. Speculation was that it was an Obama supporter who was her attacker. Later reports suggested that it might be a hoax: the cameras from the ATM where she says she was attacked don't show her there, the "B" is backwards (as if carved looking in the mirror, rather than by an attacker), it's awfully neat.

And then I read this:

And now John Moody, executive vice president at Fox News, has commented on his blog that "this incident could become a watershed event in the 11 days before the election. 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.

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

He titles his posting: "Moment of Truth." Indeed. Matt Drudge, who had trumpeted the story for nearly 24 hours, just added a new link titled "B...or B.S.?"

I'm completely mystified. I don't get why this incident should have a bearing on anyone's vote. If a violent robber attacked someone who supports John McCain, how does that in any way reflect on Barack Obama? If the violent attacker did so while wearing an Obama t-shirt and escaped in a car with an Obama bumper sticker and then donated the stolen goods to the Obama campaign it still wouldn't reflect on Obama. How does it mean that someone "doesn't know enough about the Democratic nominee"? Surely she was not suggesting that it was Barack Obama who attacked her!

But similarly, if some crazy McCain supporter made this story up (and the latest reports are saying she admits to doing so) how could anyone conclude that reflects on John McCain? To think that he planned or condoned this hoax (if it is one) is just as absurd as thinking that Obama condoned or planned the attack (if, as seems increasing unlikely, there was one).

ETA: Now even Drudge, who originally reported this story, is admitting it was a hoax. I still say it has no bearing on the election.

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From:st_crispins
Date:October 24th, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
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Yes. It shouldn't affect *anyone*. It means nothing.

But this is a crazy season and everyone connects everything to everything else.

Truly weird.

And thank you, Fox, for making it weirder.
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From:realpestilence
Date:October 24th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
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Someone hung an Obama effigy on a college campus; someone else hung an Obama "ghost" (not sure if it was a Halloween decoration or what); and there was a black bear cub killed and wrapped in Obama campaign banners...while alarming, because of the racism and violence implied, they have nothing to do with any candidate's qualifications. I can't figure out if they're being touted because somehow, Obama is to blame (even though he's the target); if they're trying to say that if he's elected, the public will do...something or other; or if it's a "moment of truth" thing where it's a taint on *McCain* (who, again, had nothing to do with it).

We need a free press and media, but sometimes (always!), they REALLY need to police themselves for content that means something to the appropriate point, and stop playing for ratings. All these damn armchair analysts make me sick.
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From:thinking_lotus
Date:October 24th, 2008 10:25 pm (UTC)
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It's definitely creepy. But I'm not sure why it would be an election watershed. It is creepy how it connects to the American tendency to imagine black men as bent on vengeance against white women.
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From:barenakedrachel
Date:October 25th, 2008 08:05 am (UTC)
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I completely agree with you.

One scary incident: While checking out a middle-aged woman's groceries the other day, she plopped a copy of the Globe down on the belt. I picked it up, scanned it, bagged it. Not a word. People buy all kinds of things. But she offered, "Well, you know, it's getting near election time and I guess I need to read up on the candidates before voting."

Um, yeah.

So I suppose people like her might see some crazy event (or supposed event) like this one as pivotal in the decision process :(
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