McCain Pennsylvania Communications Director Says: "B is for Barack"
When contacted by a reporter from KDKA, a station in Pittsburgh, in an attempt to get information concerning the reported attack on Republican Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania campaign worker Ashley Todd, the McCain-Palin campaign's Pennsylvania Communications Director, Peter Feldman, provided the detail about the 'B' on Ms. Todd's cheek, including the detail of the now known to be fictious assailant saying, "You're with the McCain campaign? I'm going to teach you a lesson."
At the time this was being provided by the director, details were not confirmed, with those details possibly lending themselves to inflaming the situation.
There are 33 known active White nationalist/supremacist groups found in parts of Pennsylvania, with this type of incident possibly providing the potential for escalating racial tensions.
Within hours, this version of events had spread across the internet.
From the article:
A source familiar with what happened yesterday confirmed that the unnamed spokesperson was communications director Peter Feldman. Feldman was also quoted yesterday making virtually identical assertions on the Web site of another local TV station, WPXI. But those quotes, which we also preserved here, are also no longer available on WPXI's site, for reasons that are unclear.
This is problematic because the McCain campaign doesn't want to have been perceived as pushing an incendiary story that not only turned out to be a hoax but which police officials said today risked blowing up into a "national incident" and has local police preparing to file charges against the hoaxster.
There's no evidence that anyone from McCain national headquarters put out a version of events like this.
After the story appeared on KDKA's site and this and other pieces in the local press started flying around the political world, an Obama spokesperson in the state angrily insisted to KDKA that it was irresponsible for the station to air the McCain spokesperson's incendiary version of events before the facts were fully known, according to two sources familiar with the discussions.
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