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I am all sure we read the stories in the media about someone yelling in a recent McCain – Palin rally about some knott head in the crowd yelling “kill him” as Sarah Palin was speaking about Senator Obama’s ties to bill Ayres.
The Timesleader (local newspaper in Northeastern Pennsylvania) is now reporting that the Secret Service is calling that allegation “unfounded.”
Agent Bill Slavoski said he was in the audience, along with an undisclosed number of additional secret service agents and other law enforcement officers and not one heard the comment.
“I was baffled,” he said after reading the report in Wednesday’s Times-Tribune.
He said the agency conducted an investigation Wednesday, after seeing the story, and could not find one person to corroborate the allegation other than Singleton.
Slavoski said more than 20 non-security agents were interviewed Wednesday, from news media to ordinary citizens in attendance at the rally for the Republican vice presidential candidate held at the Riverfront Sports Complex. He said Singleton was the only one to say he heard someone yell “kill him.”
“We have yet to find someone to back up the story,” Slavoski said. “We had people all over and we have yet to find anyone who said they heard it.”
We should note that the Secret Service takes these claims very serious. Serious enough to investigate a woman for making an alledged death threat to an Obama phone bank worker which turned out to be false.
What is interesting to me is the lack of verification of the story by the reporter himself.
Slavoski said Singleton was interviewed Wednesday and stood by his story but couldn’t give a description of the man because he didn’t see him he only heard him.
At this point the question should arise about the reporter who wrote the comment which was picked up by national media and became campaign lore and a center piece for partisan talking points across the country.
Now that the claim is debunked will there be an equal rush to clear the air on the subject and the reporter who made a false report punished? Or will that reporter be held accountable at all?
At this point, it looks like another case of the media taking an intentional dive into the tank for Senator Obama.