October 24th, 2008
02:40 PM ET
12 years ago

Police: Woman lied about bumper-sticker-linked attack

(CNN) - A Texas woman who told Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, police she was assaulted at an ATM by a man angered by a John McCain bumper sticker on her car admitted Friday she made up the report, the assistant police chief said Friday.

soundoff (385 Responses)
  1. pathetic

    that's it ? cnn posted a full lenght article only an hour ago complete with the lying girl's "battered" face and the infamous "B" etched into her face. and now that it's been discovered she lied cnn's response is only 4 line article ? Just pathetic.

    October 24, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. 62 year old female

    What on earth is wrong with people, especially in this election? Some will go so far to smear other people and their campaign, but I guess that has been the theme so far. Can't wait for it to be over and the one who is more interested in the people, win.

    October 24, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. reggiedistrictheights

    She owes every black man in the city of Pittsburgh, PA, an apology.

    This election has shown me how far we have to go. What would had happen to all those innocent black men in the Pitt area if the police would had taken this story seriously.

    She is a shining example of why many black people do not believe the criminal justice system is fair. Her actions and allegations demonstrate how easy it is how innocent black men can be convicted. ANd, her actions show how important race rather than policy is to the GOP.

    What she did was extremely racist. I dont blame McCain nor Obama. I blame Palin because her speeches at rallies ignite stupid racist stuff like this. McCain get your V.P. in check.

    October 24, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |

    And to think that Palin & McCain had the nerve to call this girl & try to turn it into some kind of race bating political stunt before they even made sure she wasn't lying. This campaign volunteer is a perfect metaphor for the McCain campaign and their supporters: Race bating, prejudice, ignorant, intolerant, manipulative LIARS!!!

    October 24, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. ray

    these racists , palin and macain are so desperate that the will do anything just to get in the white house. people lets face it, bottom line here most of white america do not want a black man in the white house, especially sara palin, cant you people see sra palin is a racists? it prints on her face,racist. again i say sara palin is a racists.her her speaches, watch her expression when she talks its as if she just wnats white people on the earth

    October 24, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. Hillary sent me

    I can't believe John McCain actually made a personal phone call to this woman before the police even had a chance to investigate!

    McCain supporters have become so desperate and hateful it is scaring me.

    October 24, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  7. Dianne Bourbonnais, IL

    Thank goodness the police did their job quickly and efficiently. Palin and McCain would have a new symbol for their "Scare Out the Vote" campaign-"Ashley the Victim". Can you imagine their new stump speech lies?

    October 24, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  8. Nevadan

    This is nonsense. This doesn't even deserve to be on CNN.

    Let's talk about real issues. Come on now!

    October 24, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  9. dustin

    noah: i personally have heard people yell out to kill obama, so no that wasn't a lie

    October 24, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. A backwards 'B'...please.

    She should've scratched an 'O' in her cheek that way she would've never known it was backwards.


    Come on Nov. 4th

    October 24, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  11. David

    A reporter lied about soemone yelling "Kill Him' at a Palin rally and yet no one said Obama supporters were all spreading lies.

    I guess you missed the clip of the rallies where you could clearly hear someone yell that.

    October 24, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. Molly

    Holy crazy lady! Why would someone do this to themselves? I hope they get help for her!

    October 24, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. Red, Red WHINE!!

    Awww....True GOP mentality! Lie and do anything to win the election. Make a mockery of the laws in this country. Conduct yourself like a fool. Lose all morals and represent the bottom of the barrel. Be nothing of what a good american is. Yes, this party deserves a man of such low morals as McCain...he and his pitbull are with the animals, where they belong.....wallowing around in the mud!

    October 24, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  14. Mark G

    Things are getting way out of hand. I don't say that the McCain campaign should be blamed for this, but the division in America is getting bigger by the day and unfortunately it is going back to race. We need to be very careful about where this country is going, and what we really stand for. This kind of thing is apalling and indefensible.

    October 24, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  15. ridleygriff

    I'm sorry Noah, but this story was not just made up by a McCain supporter; the right wing blogosphere, and FOX NEWS ran with this story, hard. Nothing gets pushed on Fox without GOP approval.

    Dana Millbank may have misheard. However, DOZENS of McCain supporters have shouted "terrorist", "off with his head", and "muslim/arab/socialist" at too many McCain events to count.

    Obama supporters aren't spreading lies. McCain supporters were instructed to spread lies about Obama's beliefs by McCain HQ. Deal with it.

    The McCain campaign - and the Republican party - are beyond corrupt. Truly vile.

    October 24, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  16. nelson

    just goes to show ya, mccain's politics have gone beyond low

    October 24, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  17. Boman

    Noah, That is on video tape! it was not reported by an individual.

    October 24, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. Texan for Obama

    A true Republican....LIAR!!!

    October 24, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  19. C. ZACCHS

    Do not blame the young woman who clearly needs help.
    This is the result of race baiting by Mcain and Palin, when the voices of reason spoke against it ,they lampooned them.
    They should both be proud now of their achievements, their dishonourable campaaign has achieved it's aim of setting one race against the other in these 21st century. It's a shame what some people will do to get to be POTUS.
    POTUS does not befitt dishonourable and dishonest people.
    Let America arise and punish Mcain-palin at the polls.
    God bless America, one indivisive nation under the sun

    October 24, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  20. Greg in Mpls

    It's sad that people will go that far just to get someone elected.

    November 4th needs to get here fast so we can stop all this kind of craziness.

    October 24, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  21. Blue - Philly

    She needs medical help, to intentionally hurt herself for political reasons is pathetic and sad. She really can't be all there.

    October 24, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  22. Al

    I knew it was a lie. To not accept medical treatment when you've been attacked and brutilized screams false. Plus, the whoel story from an investigative standpoint didn't make sense.

    I hope she gets a major fine for this. and not all of Barack Supporters are Black. we are a mixture of cultures and ethnicites ready to help shape America into the country it can be.

    October 24, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  23. BM

    Maybe she was another plant, like Joe the plumber, but the police was smarter. Thank God!It would not surprise me if someone from McCain's campaign put her up to it to blame Obama again!

    October 24, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  24. Jeff

    You people should be ashamed of yourselves! Don't throw McCain under the bus for this. Obviously this lady is a complete idiot for trying such a stupid stunt. Even though I support McCain, I'm glad that the story ended up being false. Grow up people, you are no better than her if you act like this is a stunt by McCain.

    October 24, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  25. Illinois

    The bruise on her eye and the backward "B" on her cheek were cleaned marks. No scratches around the area indicating that it was planned. I knew it.

    A girl here in Elmhurst, IL made up the same story and now she is facing a crimal charges. She could go to prison for up to 3 years.

    dumb girls!

    October 24, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
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