Witness Disputes Report of Black Panther Intimidation

Fox News story said threatening men stood outside Pa. polling station
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2008 5:46 PM CST

(Newser) – An Obama campaign volunteer says there’s nothing to Fox News’ story that two Black Panthers were intimidating voters at a polling place in Pennsylvania, Greg Sargent reports on Talking Points Memo. One was an official poll watcher, and though he is a Panther, he was not “blocking the door” as Fox suggested, the volunteer said, adding that neither was affiliated with the campaign.

The second man, who had a nightstick, was not a designated poll worker, and left after a discussion with police. The Obama staffer said it looked like some McCain supporters who were taking cell phone pictures of the Panthers were baiting the men. But “there has been no fighting, no voter intimidation at all,” she says, and police didn't seem concerned. (Read more voter intimidation stories.)