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Fox News Hypes Black Security Guard "Intimidation"

Rick Levanthal from Fox News is reporting on an isolated incident in Philadelphia where some white college student with a cellphone camera felt intimidated by a black security guard at a east side polling place. The college student made a video, sent it into Fox News, and Levanthal -- after doing his best to create a controversy -- is now reporting from the scene that there have not been any reports of voter intimidation.

Levanthal reports in this Fox News video filed approximately 2pm ET.

Update: Greg Sargent debunks (h/t Crooks and Liars)

Fox News and other conservatives on the Web are pushing hard on the story that two black panthers may be intimidating voters at a polling place in north Philadelphia. But an Obama campaign volunteer who's been on the scene since 6:30 AM this morning tells me in a phone interview that there's been absolutely no intimidation of voters at all today. And a Pennsylvania spokesperson for Obama said the two men aren't in any way affiliated with the campaign

"There was no fight, nothing," she says.

Fox News arrived on the scene at around that time and started interviewing people near the entrance. The building manager asked the Fox reporter to leave, she says, and he moved further from the entrance. That's where things now stand. "There has been no fighting, no voter intimidation at all," she said.


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Comments (11)

Eric:

Lee,
Here is the actual video, and if you look closely, the Black Panther defintely has a club in his hand. Looking at that video, if that is not intimidation, what would you call it?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neGbKHyGuHU

Chad:

Eric, That's not a club. It's a licensed hope and change anti-oppression device. They weren't supposed to be released to the re-education camp guards yet, but they're here to free your mind and eliminate any repressive non-pc thoughts and replace them with peace and fluffy bunnies.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Security guards on the east side of Philly carry nightsticks? Say it isn't so...!

Fox News reported that not a single voter was intimidated. Isn't that good enough for you?

Eric:

Just the difference between the definitions of assault and battery. Look them up Lee.

Ask a black man how he would feel if it was a Klukker standing there with a nightstick.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Yeah, there's still a lot of bed wetters in the Republican Party...

If there was nothing wrong with him standing there holding a weapon, why did the police force him to move?

Lee, I can't believe that you can't concede that a person standing in front of a polling place while holding a weapon should not be tolerated.

Lee Ward:

"If there was nothing wrong with him standing there holding a weapon, why did the police force him to move?"

It's called "keeping the peace." There was a rabid, Republican bedwetter making puddles on the sidewalk because the black man was scaring him. The easy answer was to escort the security guard away and not let the situation escalate.

Lee, I can't believe that you can't concede that a person standing in front of a polling place while holding a weapon should not be tolerated.

I concede that the guy holding a nightstick was inappropriate - as was the reaction of the right wing blogosphere.

Had the security guy been white the issue never would have surfaced, so it can be easily argued that this was racism, pure and simple.

You'll concede that, right Dwayne?

"Had the security guy been white the issue never would have surfaced, so it can be easily argued that this was racism, pure and simple."

Had the guy been white, it would have been seen as intimidation towards blacks. There are folks that are intimidated by someone holding a nightstick and others aren't. There are also folks that would be MORE intimidated by someone of a different race holding a nightstick. And there are folks that are completely intimidated by folks of a different race who wear clothing identifying them as belonging to a well known violent organization who also carry a nightstick. And there are folks who would have been intimidated by the same person if they were of the same race.

It was inappropriate and designed to intimidate.

How long have you been calling folks that disagree with you "bedwetters"? I would have thought you would have outgrown that by 8th grade at least.

Oh well.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

"And there are folks that are completely intimidated by folks of a different race who wear clothing identifying them as belonging to a well known violent organization"

I don't think that was the case here, at least it didn't appear that way from the video when I watched it.

The guy was a black security guard, he had on a uniform, he was carrying a nightstick, and there were reports that the Black Panthers were providing assistance at polling places.

All of that is volatile if you add in a bed-wetting white racist college student with a cellphone camera - and then send the video to Fox.

This was a non-event blown way out of proportion by the over-the-top reaction of the right wing blogosphere -- who seemed intent on not letting the truth -- the fact that NO VOTER INTIMIDATION TOOK PLACE -- be a part of the equation.

It was election day hysterics resulting from people looking for a problem. Was the guy arrested? Have any lawsuits been filed suggesting voters were denied anything?

It was a black security guard with a nightstick - get over it.

Vegas Vic:

Conservatives the next battle starts today.

we shall not kneel to the Media Messiah!

Richard Rhodes:

Please all you brilliant people. First of all if there had been someone even attempting to stop one voter or even stand there and look like they were intimidating one black person there would have been total blanket coverage on the news. And yes the tv people had the right to be there. And the judge of elections should be in big trouble because he or she should have never allowed anyone to stand there like that. The guy with the watchers certificate should have been asked to move away from the front of the door. If not he along with anyone else can be told to either leave the polling place or the police can be called to remove or arrest him. There is no difference from someone with a uniform with swastikas all over it standing there and these guys. So that is voter intimidation. And watchers certificate or not the judge can tell anyone to leave the polling place that he or she feels is disrupting the polling place or intimidating voters.


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