The citizen journalist who first revealed Barack Obama’s “bitter” remarks about small-town Americans has received death threats from Obama supporters.
Mayhill Fowler of Oakland, Calif., has been covering the Democratic presidential campaign and submitting her stories to the “Off the Bus” section of the Huffington Post Web site.
An Obama supporter and contributor to his campaign, Fowler obtained an invitation to an April 6 fundraiser in San Francisco that was designated as “closed” to the mainstream media.
At the fundraiser, Obama told the gathering that Middle Americans have turned to God and guns and against immigrants because they are “bitter” about their economic lot.
“You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them,” he said.
“And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment of anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
After her report on Obama’s comments appeared on the Huffington Post site, Obama became the target of elitism charges by his presidential rivals, and Fowler received about 200 e-mail messages that she said ranged from “creepy to threatening,” including several death threats, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Writers on the liberal Web site Daily Kos accused Fowler, 61, of feigning support for Obama to gain access to the San Francisco event.
“It’s like the liberal blogosphere has issued a fatwa against me,” Fowler told the Times.
She said she was “dismayed” by Obama’s “bitter” words.
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