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McCain campaign ‘steered’ reporters to hoax attack story.

By Amanda Terkel on October 25, 2008 at 11:07 am

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Yesterday on NBC News, Brian Williams revealed that the McCain campaign quietly “steered” the media toward the story, now proven to be a hoax, about a young volunteer, Ashley Todd, being attacked by an Obama supporter:

The McCain campaign steered reporters’ attention to the story yesterday. John McCain even called the 20-year old woman. Sarah Palin called her family. Well, tonight that woman is charged with making a false report.

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TPM’s Greg Sargent also reported yesterday on the McCain campaign’s involvement in pushing the hoax, with a spokesman allegedly telling reporters that the attacker told the victim, “Oh you’re with McCain, you’re with the McCain campaign? I’m going to teach you a lesson.”

Update

Todd is now reportedly “upset with the media for blowing this into a political firestorm.”


Update

,ThinkProgress spoke with a representative from the McCain campaign who confirmed that they have not yet put out a statement about the Todd hoax.

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