Shortly after learning of the woman in Pennsylvania claiming an Obama-supporter had carved a B into her face because of her support for John McCain, I wondered if the story were blog-worthy.Â Before I could make up my mind, Bruce had posted on it.
I had little reason to doubt the story, given that a local news network was reporting the story.Â But, when scanning the comments, I read one noting that the alleged “victim” had refused medical attention.Â I became skeptical, updated the blog and started searching the Internet, finding that a lot of conservative bloggers, notably Michelle Malkin, were not convinced that this young woman was telling the truth.
Finally, when it was confirmed the story was a hoax, I blogged as much.
The response from our critics was instant and intense, full of bile against McCain supporters, with one even suggesting the Arizona Senator had encouraged this.Â It was amazing how quick so many leftists used this to condemn conservatives when they would have jumped on a similar story had it been about an Obama supporter cut up by a McCain backer.
There are kooks on both sides of this.Â It’s important to note how many conservative blogs which reported it expressed skepticism and thought it deserved looking into.
But, alas, all too many of our crttics give us no respect.Â Â And most show no respect to this blogger who started looking into it as soon as a reader raised a serious question.Â They see this as some kind of conspiracy rather than any attention-starved young woman eager to make a name for herself.
Why do you guys hate us so much?Â The “thugocracy” we fear should Obama win comes not just from angry actions, but from angry words as well.