Here’s WPRB’s exclusive interview with Peter Feldman, Regional Communications Director for the McCain campaign in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. It’s set to air this Thursday at 5pm as part of The Dispatch‘s continuing campaign coverage.
In the interview, Feldman addresses the McCain campaign’s efforts to win Pennsylvania, their GOTV efforts, how they see the economy as being issue number one and the youth vote. I also ask Feldman about the reports that the McCain campaign tried to push the Ashley Todd false beating/mutilation story.
To read our coverage of the Todd story and its remarkable similarity to the Francisco Nava affair here at Princeton, read this post from Off the Air, News Director Sebastian Jones’ reported blog.
Should WPRB be the first radio station worldwide to air this single?
You betcha dog on it:
Update: Reader Allie writes with some tragic news: Boris and Vlad are, in fact, from New York City. “Boris” can be seen in this photograph from an article in The New York Times Sunday Magazine back in September. I suppose our only consolation is that New York City, while not foreign per se, may lie outside the borders of “real America”. In fact, for what it is worth, New York City is not even visible from Governor Palin’s window.
If you’ve tuned into cable news in the past few days, you’ve no doubt heard about how a young woman named Ashley Todd from Texas, who had been in Pittsburgh, PA working for the McCain campaign, claimed she had been assaulted by a “6’4″ black male”, who upon seeing her McCain/Palin bumper-sticker proceeded to scratch out a “B” (for Barack, we must presume) on her cheek.
Turns out she made the whole thing up. KDKA in Pittsburgh reports on what will probably go down as the most flagrant case of race-baiting this election cycle, if not in recent memory:
“Police say a campaign volunteer confessed to making up a story that a mugger attacked her and cut the letter B in her face after seeing her McCain bumper sticker; now she’s facing charges.
At a news conference this afternoon, officials said they believe that Ashley Todd’s injuries were self-inflicted.
Todd, 20, of Texas, is now facing charges for filing a false report to police.”
The whole incident is eerily similar to the Francisco Nava affair last December here at Princeton, which wound its way into the national press. From Time: Continue reading →
Melissa Harris-Lacewell joins WPRB’s Leif Johnson for a discussion of Election 2008, particularly what it means for African American voters. In addition to these excerpts of the interview, we’ll be posting a web-exclusive second part in the coming days.