October 24th, 2008
02:40 PM ET
11 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. Birgit

    As soon as I read the article, I thought this is a lie and it certainly was. Isn't John McCain glad he did not use this as another one of his smears and paraded her around as Joe the Plumber. .

    October 24, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  2. Josh in North Carolina

    This is sad.. Obvious this women needs help and lets hope she can get it.I am just glad she was not attacked for her political views..

    October 24, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  3. steve

    I knew it was a hoax.

    October 24, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  4. james

    "To kill a Mockingbird" comes to mind

    October 24, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  5. Tori

    I am disgusted and she needs to apologize to Pittsburgh as she could have made something very very ugly occur.

    October 24, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  6. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    Not surprised, just disappointed. The level of ignorance in this country is staggering at times. Fixed Noise jumped all over the story yesterday without doing any fact finding first!!!

    October 24, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  7. INDEPENDENT WOMAN NOW FOR OBAMA

    THE GOP PUT HER UP TO THIS. SHE NEEDS TO TELL US WHO MADE HER DO THIS, THEN THE GOP BRAND WILL REALLY BE DAMAGED.

    October 24, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  8. Demo Joe

    So hateful, hope she pays and i know she will.

    October 24, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  9. Great Job CNN

    They give a big article to the original story. And post a few sentences as a correction. Great job!

    October 24, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  10. republicans hate america

    Thats all the GOP have left.

    October 24, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  11. keesa

    mccain ought to be a shame of himself. lowlowlow road.

    October 24, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  12. texasvoter

    Apparently the young woman carved the "B" on her cheek in mirror image. I was baffled by how idiotic this was until the police report stated she attends Texas A&M University in College Station. Now I understand! She's just another Aggie Joke!

    I guess she hasn't heard that the Bryan-College Station newspaper has endorsed Barak Obama. This is the first time in their history that they have endorsed a democrat.

    October 24, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  13. calle

    Look at the type of people McCain attracts, LIERS!!! Why am I not surprised? Birds of a Feather Do Flock Together!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 24, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  14. Stupid is as stupid does

    Does anyone remember Tawany Brawley who did that years ago? Don't people learn?

    So ummmmm so the statement about rednecks in Pennsylvania wasn't true? Looks like she was trying to start something very serious in Pennsylvania.

    October 24, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. scdemocrat

    VERY nice, the McCain camaign is getting so desperate it's ridiculous. What in the world is wrong with these people? What is going to far for these idiots? Thank God we only have 11 more days until Caribou Barbie goes back to hunting wolves and McCain goes back to one of his 8 houses.
    DON'T GET COCKY FELLOW DEMOCRATS WE ALL MUST VOTE ON NOVEMBER 4TH!!!

    October 24, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  16. Nick

    Typical John McCain supporter! LIAR!

    October 24, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  17. C

    I feel bad for her. Sounds like she is just looking for some attention. I knew her story wasn't true the moment I saw the backwards B on her face. That's exactly what happens to words and letters when people try to paint their faces for football games using the mirror. Sadly, she did the same thing with something sharp and scraped the letter into her own cheek.

    October 24, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  18. Janaya Warren GA

    This is shameful I hope the pittsburgh police make an example out of people who make these kinds of false claims.

    October 24, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  19. Lynne - Seattle

    That woman is a jerk! I will not be voting for John McCain, but to try to get attention and stir up trouble this way is just wrong! I hope they charge her with filing a false report!

    October 24, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  20. Brian

    LOL

    Even his supporters are liars.

    October 24, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  21. joshua

    What a piece of slime. Mccain people will stop at nothing to continue the lies agaist the obama campaign. Thankfully, rush and hannity and drudge were all over this and it got a lot of attention. Now they are all sitting around with their feet in their mouths. This, I think, is the final nail in the political coffin for Mclame/Falin.

    October 24, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  22. calle

    Look at the type of people McCain attracts, LIERS!!! Why am I not surprised? Birds of a Feather Do Flock Together!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 24, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  23. Sophia Beck

    that is very sad and why do something like this? McCain camp is just so messy-

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 24, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  24. Josh from Pittsburgh

    To Noah:

    This does not reflect all McCain supporters. However, John McCain is running a very nasty campaign. He is the leader. This is one of his followers.

    October 24, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  25. Gregory W.

    Hey folks don't be so hard on this young lady. She was just falling in line with the McCain/Palin ticket! In fact, her actions resemble some(not all) of the Republican Party!

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 24, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
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