Update: Radar now reports that Tom Dunlap, the lawyer who tried to broker the deal, has quit, dropping the alleged videographer, due to “publicity.” Strange logic, considering the task he was retained to do. Shielding himself, certainly, but from publicity???
Update 2: Jonathan Turley has more detail on the lawyer who dropped the video’s owner as a client.
Update 3: The lawyer who quit once sued kickball. I’m not kidding.
In my story at AOL, Update: Inconsistencies Arise Regarding Alleged Ashley Biden Cocaine Tape, I started to go into some of the reasons this tape is starting to look as fake as the “Whitey tape.”
I’m only reporting on it at all because 3 different accounts are already being blasted out across the internet, and none of them match up. You can check out the AOL story for the background, I want to focus here on why this sounds like a fake to me.
According to the most detailed story, the NY Post account, the following facts lead me to believe this is a fake:
The other lawyer said Ashley didn’t have Secret Service protection at the time of the party because she complained about agents blocking her driveway.
“She complained to her dad about it and he got rid of them,” he said.
This is not at all credible, and it indicates a consciousness of holes in the story. The idea that Secret Service agents would abandon their posts, or that the Vice President would order them away, is ludicrous.
The lawyers said the shooter used a camera with a hard-disc drive that he later destroyed, drilling into the device and tossing it into a lake.
What? Why would he do that if he had already made a copy? Isn’t that like putting on a condom while you rush to the maternity ward? It would, however, explain the lack of an original, verifiable recording.
The shooter claims that he previously tape-recorded Ashley at a party in August, but was unsuccessful in his attempts to sell that video, they said.
So, he had another tape that he couldn’t sell, in August, when every Republican in the world was trying to beat Obama/Biden? And did what with it, drilled holes in it and threw it in a volcano? Where was the Secret Service then? Plus, knowing this, why would he turn down this?
An American media company offered $250,000 for the footage and access to the person who shot the tape, according to the lawyers.
Another company, based overseas, offered $225,000, they said.
Coupled with the inconsistencies I noted at AOL, I don’t think anyone will pay $400 dollars, let alone $400k. The fact that there is no original recording in existence is enough for me, by itself. Alien Autopsy had better provenance.
I’m crossposting my AOL story here for one-stop shopping, and this one there, as well.
Update 4: Why I think this is a fake, and why the video shooter’s lawyer has now quit: at Daily Dose Update 3: This is getting weird. Now, the National Enquirer claims the exclusive, but they directly quote Radar’s account, and provide no account of having watched the tape themselves. Update 2: The NY Post’s account of what’s on the tape differs significantly from Radar’s, as do several other important details of the story. The Post describes the woman on the tape, less definitively, as “appear(ing) to resemble the 27-year-old Biden,” and say that the woman in the tape uses a red straw, not a rolled-up dollar bill. The Post report also notes the woman shouting profanities, which Radar does not. According to Radar, the tape was made without the woman’s knowledge, but the Post says that she knew she was being taped. Also, the Post reports the asking price at $400k, down from $2 million, and that they didn’t purchase the tape. The most damning fact in the Post report, however, is this:
The shooter claims that he previously tape-recorded Biden at a party in August but was unsuccessful in his attempts to sell that video, they said.
Let’s see, inconsistencies, a weaker resemblance, and the NY Post wouldn’t buy it? Plus, the guy tried to shop a different tape during the election and couldn’t get a bite? I smell fake. Update: I knew it! Radar has updated its story, identifying the NY newspaper in the running for the tape as the NY Post, publishers of quality smears like the Michelle Obama lobster lie. Original Story: In what it it calls a “World Exclusive,” Radar Online says that someone is shopping a videotape to the media that allegedly shows Vice President Joe Biden’s daughter, Ashley, in a compromising position, snorting cocaine:
In addition to RadarOnline.com, representatives for a major metropolitan daily U.S. newspaper, a large British newspaper and the National Enquirer have all viewed the tape. The woman on the tape clearly resembles Ashley Biden, 27, who is a social worker employed with the Delaware Department of Children, Youth and Families. She is also a board member of the Delaware YWCA organization. On the tape a man cuts up five lines of what is said to be cocaine. …The man hands her a rolled-up dollar bill and she proceeds to walk a few steps to a table where the cocaine is cut. She pulls her hair back, bends down and snorts a line…She then snorts a second and third line before the tape cuts off.
The person who shot the tape is seeking $250,000.00. There has been no comment yet from the White House or the Bidens. Even though there’s no proof the person on the tape is Ashley Biden (remember another notable political hoax featuring an Ashley?),this will undoubtedly become a huge story over the course of the week. People everywhere will be asking, “Who is Ashley Biden?” Ashley made news during the campaign when dropped charges that she “verbally intimidated” a police officer (I fear for the safety of our streets) were raised in response to news stories about Bristol Palin. She also made headlines when rapper Nelly extolled her beauty at an inaugural event in January. Other than that, Ashley Blazer Biden is best known to the troubled kids whom she helps to find jobs at the Delaware Department of Children, Youth and their Families. For example, Ronald S. writes:
I accepted the offer and challenge which put me where I am today with two certifications in Network Cabling and a good job for the future working with Mr. Mr. Draper and their Integrity Solutions Company upon my release from Mowlds Cottage. How awesome, thanks to all the work of Ms. Ashley Biden, the department Job Developer.
Whatever the true content of the tape, I hope the guy who shot it gets his quarter mil, and buys some warm sushi with it. More to come.