Here’s the Drudge Headline, which was in 72-point font before it got bumped for a story about Bloomberg’s term limits: SHOCK: MCCAIN VOLUNTEER ATTACKED AND MUTILATED IN PITTSBURGH…‘B’ CARVED INTO 20-YEAR OLD WOMAN’S FACE… DEVELOPING…

Here’s the Pittsburgh Post Gazette story that Drudge is construing as a politically-motivated crime. A 20-year-old McCain staffer was brutally mugged outside a bank. Drudge is jumping at the chance to make this street crime into a racial incident in Pennsylvania ahead of the election:

PITTSBURGH — A 20-year-old woman who was robbed at an ATM in Bloomfield was also maimed by her attacker, police said.

Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Diane Richard tells Channel 4 Action News that the victim was robbed at knifepoint on Wednesday night outside of a Citizens Bank near Liberty Avenue and Pearl Street just before 9 p.m.Richard said the robber took $60 from the woman, then became angry when he saw a McCain bumper sticker on the victim’s car.

The attacker then punched and kicked the victim, before using the knife to scratch the letter "B" into her face, Richard said.Richard said the woman refused medical treatment after the assault, which happened outside the view of the bank’s surveillance cameras.

The robber is described as a dark-skinned black man, 6 feet 4 inches tall, 200 pounds with a medium build, short black hair and brown eyes. The man was wearing dark colored jeans, a black undershirt and black shoes.

There’s no quote from the victim. We don’t know whether she is even alledging that he cut her because of her bumper sticker. We certainly don’t know that the mugger slashed her face with a "B" for Barack. Why not for bank or bitch or any other b-word? 

The face laceration is ideal fodder for propaganda. It’s horrifying to think of a young woman, far from home, being mutilated. Race-baiters like Drudge are jumping at the change to connect this violent crime to Barack Obama in any way they can. Imaginations are running wild here and it’s despicable of Drudge to be stoking these fears. 

Before this rumor spreads any further, let’s ask some tough questions. First we don’t have pictures. How do we know it’s even a B? Second, does the victim claim that the attacker told her that the "B" stood for Barack?