The Scranton newspaper that reported someone shouted "Kill him" at a Sarah Palin rally in Scranton earlier this week has some 'splainin' to do. The Secret Service says it didn't happen:
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.
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."
The editor of the Scranton newspaper that reported the threat (see 1:25 p.m. notation) says it stands by its story.
A journalist making up the news?
Say it isn't so!!
Here's an interesting update. The WashPo says the Secret Service is now preventing reporters from leaving the press area to talk to people attending the Palin rallies.
"So they prevent reporters from getting near the people doing the shouting, then claim it's unfounded because the reporters can't get close enough to identify the person," she said in a chat transcript.