A mounting body of evidence is pointing to another growing scandal in the news world, on par with the Rupert Murdoch saga in the UK in terms of impact, if not scale.
Earlier this month, President Obama announced that he would use his executive power to authorize gay marriage in the US if he had the chance. Obama’s remarks were an elaboration on Vice President Biden’s statement that the administration would be “comfortable” with changing the traditional definition of marriage – a statement that privately enraged a President desperate to avoid coming out on the issue, according to later reports. The President’s popularity among swing voters began to decline as a result of his “evolution” on the issue – in 2008 he promised to never support same-sex marriage – and challenger Mitt Romney looked much more trustworthy on the matter.
But, as if from nowhere, Obama was handed a miracle. Just a day later, the Washington Post put up a story claiming that some of Romney’s high school classmates saw him “hold down” and “assault” a student he believed to be gay. Suddenly, Romney was a “bully,” and Barack Hussein Obama, who admitted to trying drugs “enthusiastically” in high school and shoving a girl he detested, became a saint of respectability. Other news outlets (seeing money to be made) quickly picked up the story, and the Romney campaign was forced to apologize for something the candidate didn’t ever remember happening.
The timing and subject of WaPo’s drive-by on Romney immediately some raised flags, though. Could this be another Rathergate? In 2004, Dan Rather literally fabricated documents that said President Bush had lied about being in the military – what if the Washington Post gave Mitt Romney the same treatment? Questions about the legitimacy of the story went unreturned by the mainstream media, further darkening the clouds.
Taking matters into their own hands, conservatives decided to interview the family of John Lauber, the Romney’s purported “victim” who has since passed away. To their surprise, Lauber’s family said the entire story was simply false. Further digging revealed that many of the classmates who had corroborated the original Washington Post story hadn’t even been present at the scene as they claimed. When pressed separately, their timelines fell apart.
The story was indeed a hoax!
Christine Lauber, John’s sister, said that John would have been “furious [about the story.]” But another sister, Betsy, put the final nail in the coffin:
“The family of John Lauber is releasing a statement saying the portrayal of John is factually incorrect and we are aggrieved that he would be used to further a political agenda.”
“There will be no more comments from the family.”