That Story of a Hate Crime Against a Republican in Wisconsin was a Lie.
Last week, a few tea party blogs picked up on story about Kyle Wood, the Republican campaign volunteer in Wisconsin who claimed he was attacked by a Democrat for being gay and a “traitor,” and the story was reblogged endlessly on tumblr. The man who claimed to be a victim now admits he made up the story:
Captain Joe Balles, commander of the South District, confirms that Wood recanted his allegations of the beating.
Although he would not go into detail about the case, Balles said, “I updated that press release because I felt it was imperative we get something out there because of the politically charged background this was happening in.”
He said that the department will do its “due diligence” and discuss with the district attorney’s office whether any charges will be filed against Wood.
“We’re in the victims business,” he says. “We really need victims to come forward. We don’t take matters like this lightly.”
Kyle Wood also claimed to receive hateful text messages from a Wisconsin Democratic politician; those were made up as well. I never posted the original story but I’m sharing this link since the original story did make the rounds on tumblr and it made pretty horrendous accusations.
The 2012 version of carving a backwards B in your own face.