Skip to comments.Secret Service on Scranton 'Kill Him' Report: "We Have Yet to Find Someone to Back Up the Story"
Posted on 10/15/2008 2:47:11 PM PDT by pissant
Yesterday, David Singleton of the Scranton Times-Tribune reported that someone shouted "kill him!" about Barack Obama at a McCain-Palin rally in Scranton, Pennsylvania, while GOP congressional candidate Chris Hackett spoke. But today Andrew M. Seder of the Scranton Times Leader reports that not a single person interviewed by the Secret Service heard this outburst:
[Secret Service 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 Wednesdays 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.
This afternoon, I talked to David Singleton on the phone. He told me that someone shouted "kill him" "during the discussion by Chris Hackett of Senator Obama's remarks about guns and religion, and how he needs to be educated about Pennsylvania." The shouter was "off to my right near the back of the crowd," Singleton said, but he "couldn't identity who it was." "I did not have a recording of it. Chris Hackett was not the main attraction," he added. "It was clear that's what was said."
Singleton said he was in the back of the crowd--not near the press riser--which would explain why those members of the media can not corroborate the story. But if someone did in fact yell "kill him" far enough away from Singleton that he could not identify the shouter, it seems that others in the crowd would have heard it as well. We'll see if anyone can corroborate the story for the Secret Service in the coming days.
You can be damn sure they're looking, too.
Alas it was heard only in the great empty chasm called the brains of an MSM reporter.
Obviously this man graduated from the Dan Rather school of journalism.
Singleton, the reporter, had better print a retraction on this. The public should expect better from someone who supposedly is reporting fact. As for Keith Olbermann and his BS, an apology from him is like the wind from a duck’s behind.
Well now this this is news it’s about time for four or five wack-jobs to claim they did it.
Yes! Of Course.
Singleton, along with the rest of the news media, needs to stop lying about Republicans.
Just another “Fake but Accurate” story from the MSM.
Who first reported this?
The media is stealing the country right in front of our faces, on TV, the web and newsrags.
Silly FReepers. A good lib can read minds, and that is all it takes to be...fake but accurate...
Why don’t they look for Madonna or Bernhard? Their easy to find just turn over a rock!
“like the wind from a ducks behind.”
Not a “Quack,” but a “Quark!”
Captain Howdy, is that you?
If it’s against the law to “threaten” a candidate, why isn’t it against the law to report a fake threat? It’s taking up SS valuable time.
So now they’re gonna have to grill the voices in the reporter’s head?
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