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SECRET SERVICE: ‘Kill’ Obama Report Unfounded

Posted by straight shooter on October 23, 2008 under Political

Barack Obama asserted during the last presidential debate that someone shouted “kill him” when the Democrat’s name was mentioned at a Sarah Palin rally.

The head Secret Service agent at Tuesday’s Palin rally in Scranton, PA., said: Never happened.

The Scranton Times-Tribune first reported the alleged incident on Tuesday in a story written by reporter David Singleton, saying that while congressional candidate Chris Hackett was addressing the crowd and mentioned Obama’s name, a man in the audience shouted “kill him.”

Other media outlets picked up the story, including ABC News, MSNBC, and The Associated Press trying to get some mileage out of it for Obama, since they are in his pocket.

During the debate Obama mentioned to John McCain “some of the rallies that your running mate was holding, in which all the Republican reports indicated were shouting, when my name came up, things like ‘terrorist’ and ‘kill him,’ and that your running mate didn’t mention, didn’t stop, didn’t say, ‘Hold on a second, that’s kind of out of line.'”

But Bill Slavoski, the agent in charge of the Secret Service field office in Scranton, was in the audience at the rally, along with an undisclosed number of other agents, and he said not one of them heard a comment like that.

“I was baffled,” he told the Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Times Leader after reading the Times-Tribune report. He said the Secret Service conducted an investigation and could not find a single person to corroborate Singleton’s allegation. “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 insisted that Singleton was the only one to say he heard someone yell “kill him.”

Just another Democrat fabricating a situation to gain attention.

Of course the Times-Tribune Metro Editor Jeff Sonderman said on Wednesday: “We stand by the story.” Sure, stand by something you didn’t hear personally … that’s accurate journalism!?