I guess when you can’t find smoke, you set your own fire.  It appears the whole ‘Kill him’ episode was the result of a delusion from the fevered mind of a liberal.  The Secret Service takes this sort of thing seriously, and launched an immediate investigation of a possible threat to the Democrat candidate for President.

SCRANTON – The agent in charge of the Secret Service field office in Scranton said allegations that someone yelled “kill him” when presidential hopeful Barack Obama’s name was mentioned during Tuesday’s Sarah Palin rally are unfounded.

The Secret Service could not find anyone who heard the threat aside from the one reporter at the event.  Why is that?  Over 20 people who were in that area of the stands had been interviewed …

“We have yet to find someone to back up the story,” Slavoski said. “We had people all over and we have yet to find anyone who said they heard it.”

From CBS …

The incident was originally reported by Times-Tribune reporter David Singleton and the paper’s managing editor Lawrence K. Beaupre said they stand by their report, saying of the reporter, “he heard what he heard. He reported what he heard.”

So, who is Beaupre?  It appears he was ground zero for a previous story at the Cincinnati Enquirer where he got canned for not following the rules

[The] Enquirer was apologizing for and renouncing an 18-page series of hard-hitting articles it had published only 56 days earlier. The paper had agreed to pay the subject of the pieces, Chiquita Brands International, in excess of $10 million and run an apology on the front page three times as well as on the Enquirer’s Web site.

Newspapers don’t print retractions on the front page, ask the NYT.  They certainly don’t shell out that kind of money unless they are dead-to-rights wrong.

Beaupre appeared to have learned his leasson and wrote in another matter

Until then, my decision is that, although this certainly is titillating, it is not news.

OK, so why did he not spend five minutes to ask someone in the crowd if they heard what he heard?  The Scranton Times is owned by the Lynett’s, a family long known in NE PA for being partisan Democrats.  Any connection?  The Lynetts have in the past interfered in what is to be covered for partisan reasons.  Is this just another such interference?