Kill the Messenger!
This is just wrong.
We've all heard that Obama opened his mouth last week and inserted both feet. It was an unforced error and Hillary quite rightly called him on it, as did John McCain and the GOP media. The Blog Boiz have been having a hissy fit ever since.
But some people are using the right-wing tactic of blaming the messenger for the message. In this case the messenger was Mayhill Fowler, who attended the San Francisco fundraiser between Obama and some millionaire contributors.
In an article titled "Faux Obama Supporter Mayhill Fowler Smears Obama, Joseph Palermo at Arianna's
Huff & Puff writes:
I have close friends who attended the Obama donor event in Pacific Heights where Fowler claims she became so upset about his remarks. My friends, an interracial couple who are professors at two public universities in California, assured me that they did not hear any of the "cocky" tone that Fowler claims made her so "uncomfortable." The event was held for like-minded people who want to see Obama succeed. From her writings and her whirlwind media tour slamming Obama, Mayhill Fowler clearly does not share this sentiment. That's fair, but she shouldn't pretend to be an "Obama supporter."
Her charges of "cockiness" on the part of Senator Obama have had their desired effect. She has garnered publicity and has been given a free ride on this non-issue. She appeared on the Lou Dobbs show, and CNN and other news outlets are flogging her false and vituperative sentiments about Obama. Predictably, the Republican Party and the John McCain campaign seized upon Fowler's distortions and used them as talking points. And of course Hillary Clinton, needing some good news after Mark Penn ignominiously resigned when his ties to Columbian lobbying money were revealed, is milking Fowler's smears for all they're worth, (which isn't much).
Mayhill Fowler apparently took away a totally different feeling from the event than anyone else in the room and her spin on Obama's statements to what he thought was a sympathetic audience (save Ms. Fowler) is a sorry distortion. Fowler posed as a "citizen reporter," but she didn't seek responses from others who attended the event, nor did she check her own subjective and uniformly negative biases at the door."
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No where in the article does it quote what Obama actually said, nor does it mention that his words were recorded. One is left with the impression that Fowler misreported Obama's words and that was the sole cause of the controversy.
Why did Palermo feel the need to mention that his friends were "interracial?" Why does he think that Fowler should check her biases at the door, or seek the opinions of others? I would argue that the fact that he thought he was speaking before a "sympathetic" audience makes his statement worse, not better.
This is a transparent effort to change the subject away from Obama's major gaffe and to blame the messenger, similar to what was done to Scott Beauchamp.
Palermo is not alone. I hadn't been to Arianna's place lately but I see it's become a festering cesspool of CDS. The other stories included a "(Bill) Clinton did it too" and "Hillary thinks she's Annie Oakley" along with "people ARE bitter."
Is it November yet?