Saturday, October 25, 2008
She said it wasn't so
FOOTNOTE TO the sad story of a confused young McCain worker who fabricated a report of being assaulted by a tall black man in Pittsburgh: Ashley Todd needs professional help rather than condemnation. But that's not the end of the story. The condemnation should be directed at Matt Drudge, a modern carnival barker who gave the phony story national visibility, and McCain's communication director in Pennsylvania who reportedly called TV stations instantly to report a brutal attack on Todd. How quickly the word spread to McCain, Palin and Obama, too, all of whom are said to have called her with their concern before her tale collapsed. It would be hard not to see a Willie Horton type racial subplot by the McCain people in a crucial battleground state in the closing days of the campaign. They may or may not have orchestrated the hoax. But they didn't hesitate to dive in to exploit the earliest narrative before she confessed to police. It's hard for me to believe otherwise.