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McCain Campaign Fakes Race-Baiting Sexual Assault

Think Progress: Following the Drudge Report's lead yesterday, news organizations picked up the story of a McCain campaign volunteer in Pittsburgh named Ashley Todd, who said that a black man mugged her, sexually assaulted her, and scratched a "B" into her cheek because she had a McCain bumper sticker on her car. The police quickly pointed out "inconsistencies" in her story. Todd has now confessed that she made up the story.

On his blog yesterday, Fox News Executive VP John Moody, who is a Pittsburgh native, wrote that the incident's credibility was inextricably tied to McCain's campaign:

"If the incident turns out to be a hoax, Senator McCain's quest for the presidency is over, forever linked to race-baiting."

Yesterday, before Todd had confessed, the McCain campaign put out a statement about the incident, saying, "We're shaken up by this. It's sick and disgusting."

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