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It seems Emily’s books is getting some creative book reviews over at Amazon. Hilarious.
A document from the D.C. police department shows that Emily Miller, the chief investigative reporter for WTTG-TV (Fox 5), didn’t fall victim to a home invasion on New Year’s Day 2010 as she has told various interviewers in recent years, including some gun-rights lobbying groups. Instead, Miller spotted someone leaving the property as she returned from walking a dog.
Emily Miller has made quite a career out of pimping her tragedy, shilling for the NRA and writing the hilariously named “memoir” Emily Gets Her Gun: …But Obama Wants to Take Yours. And now it’s looking like her tragic story of being accosted by 15 — fifteen! — drug addicts in a “terrifying” home invasion was all made up.
Here’s what she said:
As noted in this blog last week, Miller would subsequently tell far more scary versions of this encounter to gun groups and others. In an “NRA All Access” interview, for instance, Miller stated that “a man — the police believed to be a drug addict — got into the house and started robbing it. So when I came back into the house, he was in there robbing.” The sleek NRA presentation furnishes a reenactment of the scene, complete with night lighting, even though the event occurred just after 3 p.m., according to the supplemental D.C. police report.
On several occasions, Miller has stated that she was a “victim of a home invasion,” including at a Feb. 10 speech in Annapolis to assist gun-rights groups in lobbying against gun-control restrictions. A common understanding of “home invasion” is a terror-laden crime in which intruders burst into a residence and (in most cases) do bodily harm to the occupants.
There’s more. In recounting the episode, Miller has claimed that she confronted a veritable crime syndicate.
After the man left, I was still suspicious so I went inside, grabbed my Blackberry and clicked on the icon for the camera. I walked down the street, and as I turned the corner, I saw about 15 scruffy young men standing around two pickup trucks. We were at the end of a woody, dead-end road.
I nervously held up my Blackberry to take a quick photo of them and the license plates. Suddenly, the blood-shot-eyed guy darted out, blocking the shot. “What are you doing?” he asked. I looked around at all the men staring at me and was suddenly scared.
Super scary! Also, super not true! Here’s what the police report said happened:
“[Miller] stated that she left out to walk the dog at 1515hrs and when she returned at 1525hrs she observed [the suspect] exiting from behind the fence which leads to the side of the house. [Miller] asked [suspect] ‘What are you doing here’ and [suspect] stated ‘I am delivering firewood,’” according to a supplemental D.C. police report.
[Miller] stated that she went into the house and felt that something was not right, so she exited the house to take a photo of [suspect’s] vehicle. [Suspect] approached [Miller] and gave her a business card that stated [a tree service] and [suspect] left the scene. [Miller] stated that [suspect] was operating a silver pick up truck with landscaping on the side of it.
[Miller] stated that she was contacted by her credit card company at 1945hrs about some fraudulent charges on her credit card. [Miller] stated that she checked her purse and noticed that her Visa credit card and $50.00 in US Currency was missing. [Miller] stated that while she was out walking the dog she had left her purse on the counter in the kitchen of the offense location.
Oh. Well that’s certainly different, isn’t it? Not quite the “terrifying encounter” that she claimed.
Emily Miller has become one of the right’s media darlings, speaking out against gun control and telling her apparently fictitious sob story to right-wing media outlets like the Washington Times, all in the interest of spreading the lie that people need guns for self-defense because of scary drug addicted home invasion people! And yet, like a Bill O’Reilly war story, it’s all falling apart under closer scrutiny.
Even worse, when police tried to contact her three times about finding a suspect in the credit card theft, she couldn’t be bothered to return their calls. It appears they had to drop the case.
I’m trying to figure out why Miller would have done this and my guess — other then exploiting her made-up tragedy to become a “gun rights advocate” — was that she needed to show cause in order to obtain a D.C. gun carry permit.
Now that it appears this cause has evaporated, I wonder if her gun permit will be revoked, too? Lies and the lying liars … they just shouldn’t be armed.