October 16, 2008
1-10-10 More disappearing links. The original story by Singleton http://www.scrantontimes.com/articles/2008/10/14/news/doc48f4ba8994588930223377.txt is nowhere to be found – nor the follow up article. Gotta love those bot scrubbers and of course it helps to have Mr Google on board. And the video is gone as well so I added one from from the timesleader (at the bottom).
It appears the pro-obama media bias has struck again in the most disgusting way possible. As if Rep Lewis’ comments on 10-11-08 weren’t enough. The “Kill him” comment has yet to be corroborated and that fact has not been discussed in the post-debate McCain-is-an-angry-old-man breakdown is just more proof they don’t care and want the misinformation to be left dangling. As if it would matter now. The debate audience isn’t listening and what they heard was frightening.
At the Scranton Palin rally (10-14), DAVID SINGLETON, a reporter for The Times Tribune Scranton, was the only one who heard it. He estimated the crowd at 4500, so if it was heard – it would have to have been heard by more than one person. And the odds of that one person being a reporter? Here’s a quote from his article titled: Palin rallies Scranton voters; crowd member calls to ‘kill’ Obama.”
(Note how he takes “Kill him” and translates it to “kill Obama”.)
“However, someone did shout out, “Kill him!” during Republican congressional candidate Chris Hackett’s remarks before Mrs. Palin took the stage.”
This of course set off the proobama propaganda machine – even though no one but SINGLETON heard it and the video embedded in his story does not show it. Herr Olbermann was more than happy to indulge several hours later on Countdown as the video shows.
And The Viewbots were off and running–Joy Behar screaming about attacks while attacking Elisabeth Hasselback. I’m sure all the rest of the MSM ran with it too – a statement from a local newspaper taken as gospel – not that they have investigated anything themselves, but they are certain Obama is a great man and Ayers and ACORN and Rezko and Wright…are no big deal
DAVID SINGLETON (10-15) wrote a follow-up article referring to him in the third person:
The (Secret Service) agency followed up on a report in The Times-Tribune that a member of the crowd shouted, “Kill him!” after one mention of Mr. Obama’s name during a rally Tuesday for Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.
Donna Brazile sounded off on CNN.com:
Yes, racism still exists in America. Its disgusting and insidious presence is evidenced every time some rabid partisan screams “Kill him!” or “Terrorist!” when Obama’s name is mentioned at McCain-Palin rallies.
See what happens? And which candidate is it helping and who is it hurting? Always the same thing: race. Why not? It’s worked every time he needed it – except for the dollar bills – the one and only time he admitted to it (after the three customary denials).
Here’s an article written by a journalist with integrity, ANDREW M.SEDER. I wonder what kind of flak he’s getting from bot control. From the timesleader.com: Secret Service says “Kill him” allegation unfounded:
“The first story, written by reporter David Singleton, [Scranton Times-Tribune] appeared with allegations that while congressional candidate Chris Hackett was addressing the crowd and mentioned Obama’s name a man in the audience shouted “kill him.”
SINGLETON was interviewed by the Secret Service and said he never saw the man and, as expected, the paper’s editor stood behind the story. Not surprising since the paper endorsed Obama on 4-13-08.
“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.
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.”
Slavoski said the agents take such threats or comments seriously and immediately opened an investigation but after due diligence “as far as we’re concerned it’s closed unless someone comes forward.” He urged anyone with knowledge of the alleged incident to call him at 346-5781. “We’ll run at all leads,” he said.
It defies the laws of physics that only one person heard it. And it defies reality that that one person would be a reporter. And why did he scurry home to break the story instead of immediately notifying a policeman or SS agent?
Reeks of botism, which of course will not be investigated by the MSM.
Because of the previous rally comments and Rep John Lewis’ statements, the crowd had to be teeming with Secret Service and law enforcement. Does a citizen have a responsibility to report an alleged threat to a presidential candidate? The SS will be all over this, because if it’s true (not at all likely), they failed in their duty. And what happens if it’s a false allegation? How can that bell be unrung? And if/when this dude finally comes clean is he going to be terrorized in the press like “Joe the Plumber” or hushed up like the alleged Palin email hacker, David Kernell, son of state Rep. Michael Kernell (D-TN)?
UPDATE today (10-16) in the Times Tribune Scranton by the “Staff writers”
“Mr. Singleton said the remark came from his right, amid booing that followed Mr. Hackett’s mention of Mr. Obama.
“(I) very distinctly heard, ‘Kill him!’ Male voice,” he said. “It was definitely back in the back.”
Mr. Singleton said other people were in the bleachers he was behind and in similar orange bleachers to the right.
He moved toward the area where he thought the remark came from to see if the person who said it would repeat it. That didn’t happen, and he was unable to identify the speaker, he said.
“I didn’t hear anything else at that point,” he said.
The bleachers were at least 50 feet away from a camera riser and tables where other local and national reporters and photographers were stationed. As Mr. Hackett spoke, national reporters who follow Mrs. Palin around had not arrived. Their seats were on the side of the camera riser closest to Mr. Singleton.
So that’s the excuse? The national reporters didn’t write about it because they weren’t there yet? And what about all the people in the bleachers? How is Governor Palin supposed to hear something that no one but SINGLETON heard? He was concerned enough to look but not enough to ask what they heard or tell the Secret Service?
What kind of reporter would pass that opportunity up in light of the last two weeks? He is either “mistaken” or heard someone utter a threat to presidential nominee and did nothing but write about it. Not good either way. But it helped barry, which is what he was after.