Politico: We would have released the Khalidi tape

posted at 9:37 am on October 29, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Last night, in their report about the McCain campaign’s demand that the Los Angeles Times release a key videotape, Politico’s Ben Smith noted that his organization would have released it long ago.  The LA Times spokesperson told Smith when he inquired about the tape that any news organization would have left the story after its reporting concluded, and insisted that they saw no extra news value in a tape that reportedly features Barack Obama praising former Yasser Arafat toady Rashid Khalidi at a 2003 going-away party.  Smith responds by noting that Politico trusts its readers to make that determination:

The paper hasn’t explained its unwillingness to release the video, and Peter Wallsten, who found the tape and wrote about it, declined to discuss it with me last night. He forwarded an e-mail that the paper has sent readers who have complained as conservative blogs raise the issue.

“Over six months ago the Los Angeles Times published a detailed account of the events shown on the videotape. The Times is not suppressing anything. Just the opposite — the L.A. Times brought the matter to light,” wrote the readers’ representative, Jamie Gold.

L.A. Times spokeswoman Nancy Sullivan wouldn’t discuss the decision not to release the tape in detail.

“When we reported on the tape six months ago, that was our full report,” she said, and asked, “Does Politico release unpublished information?”

The answer to that question is yes — Politico and most news outlets constantly make available videos and documents, after describing them in part, which is why the Times’ decision not to release the video is puzzling. My instinct, and many reporters’, is to share as much source material as possible.

This story begins early in Barack Obama’s political career.  He had befriended Khalidi and had helped get Khalidi funding through the Woods Fund, with fellow board member and former Weather Underground terrorist William Ayers.  In 2003, Khalidi left Chicago to accept the Edward Said professorship at Columbia University, and Barack Obama attended his going-away party.  The Los Angeles Times covered this story in April:

At Khalidi’s 2003 farewell party, for example, a young Palestinian American recited a poem accusing the Israeli government of terrorism in its treatment of Palestinians and sharply criticizing U.S. support of Israel. If Palestinians cannot secure their own land, she said, “then you will never see a day of peace.”

One speaker likened “Zionist settlers on the West Bank” to Osama bin Laden, saying both had been “blinded by ideology.”

Obama adopted a different tone in his comments and called for finding common ground. But his presence at such events, as he worked to build a political base in Chicago, has led some Palestinian leaders to believe that he might deal differently with the Middle East than either of his opponents for the White House.

Now the LAT says it promised its source that it would not release the videotape of the event:

John McCain’s presidential campaign Tuesday accused the Los Angeles Times of “intentionally suppressing” a videotape it obtained of a 2003 banquet where then-state Sen. Barack Obama spoke of his friendship with Rashid Khalidi, a leading Palestinian scholar and activist. …

“The Los Angeles Times did not publish the videotape because it was provided to us by a confidential source who did so on the condition that we not release it,” said the newspaper’s editor, Russ Stanton. “The Times keeps its promises to sources.”

That explanation raises more questions than it answers.  If the Times promised to keep the videotape under wraps, then it must contain content other than their “detailed account of the events”.  What exactly did the LA Times leave out of its reporting in April?  If it left nothing out, then what good was the promise not to release the tape itself?

The McCain campaign has a point here.  The LA Times should either release the videotape, or write a complete transcript of the contents and publish it immediately, with at least one independent source verifying its accuracy.  The event has obvious news and electoral value, and given Obama’s extremely thin record of public leadership, the electorate needs as much information about Obama’s public work as possible.  The reticence of the Times to publish source material in its possession indicates some intent to obfuscate or deceive.


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You have no right to demand such things from the L.A. Times, Mr. Morrissey. It is the media’s duty to elect The Messiah President, and this tape might hurt him!

But in other news… Why is this stuff coming up now? Shouldn’t it have come up a week ago, when we would have had more time to build momentum to demand the release of the tape?

Outlander on October 29, 2008 at 9:41 AM

Watching your slow demise is going to be fun.

BadgerHawk on October 29, 2008 at 9:41 AM

They are hiding it because its extremly damaging. There is no other reason.

If it is just mindless nothing, then why did the original owner not want it published?

The LA Times did their duty, by mentioning it briefly, and then burying the entire evidence. They are going to try and hide behind the “at least we told you about it” defense.

Samhain on October 29, 2008 at 9:42 AM

Insult to injury: LA Times releases the tape on November 5th after a McCain/Palin victory.

carbon_footprint on October 29, 2008 at 9:42 AM

No, a transcript is NOT an alternative.

We want THE tape. And want it now.

This is Pravda people…..Pravda. State-run “news.”

C’mon. There’s GOT to be someone at the LAT that can leak this thing….they have no problem leaking national security secrets for pete’s sake.

Let’s roll.

ex-Democrat on October 29, 2008 at 9:42 AM

Now their hitting Sarah on her religious beliefs again

ConservativePartyNow on October 29, 2008 at 9:43 AM

How will releasing this tape help Michelle’s children?

Bruce in NH on October 29, 2008 at 9:43 AM

No bigger example of media bias/double standard.

Stinks!

http://articles.latimes.com/2006/sep/08/local/me-meeting8

hawkdriver on October 29, 2008 at 9:44 AM

That explanation raises more questions than it answers. If the Times promised to keep the videotape under wraps, then it must contain content other than their “detailed account of the events”.

Could there be other content? Yes, of course. The LA Times didn’t describe in detail every single thing on the tape. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is anything that is newsworthy.

I am in the minority here and believe that the LA Times is protecting its source here because releasing the tape could reveal who the source is. The person’s voice could be on the tape or people who were at the event could figure out who shot the tape based on where the camera was positioned.

Remember, Ace claims there are people who can link Obama with Ayers but are afraid to speak up because they don’t want every thing about their life exposed, as happened with Joe The Plumber. So it’s not unreasonable to believe that the person who gave them the tape said don’t release it because people could figure out I leaked it. And if one of the people involved is allegedly a former PLO member, I’d be a bit nervous too about being outed, too.

CanadianGuy on October 29, 2008 at 9:44 AM

In 2003, Khalidi left Chicago to accept the Edward Said professorship at Columbia University, and Barack Obama attended his going-away party.

Yes. Pictured here, I believe.

amerpundit on October 29, 2008 at 9:45 AM

yeah, unless the transcript includes details like “Barack Obama laughing and smiling along with jew-bashing joke,” it is no replacement for the video.

AdrianG on October 29, 2008 at 9:46 AM

Saw a clip from the tape. Reason we can’t release it is because statements Obama said to rile audience up during toast. He congratulates Khalidi for his work saying “Israel has no God-given right to occupy Palestine” plus there’s been “genocide against the Palestinian people by Israelis.

It would be really controversial if it got out. Tha’s why they will not even let a transcript get out.

http://directorblue. blogspot. com/2008/10/red-alert-tip-why-times-wont-release. html

Capt-Dax on October 29, 2008 at 9:46 AM

yes, canadianguy, but protect the taper from whom? she is so scared of obama’s thugs that she fears her life will be ruined if they find out who she is? if so, shouldn’t THAT be the story the LA Times reports?

AdrianG on October 29, 2008 at 9:47 AM

Good luck. The chance of the LA Times releasing anything even remotely critical of Obama is zero.

More painful is the known thought that if it were a McCain tape showing him saluting a white racist preacher it would be on a replay loop until election day.

I wonder what it will take for the MSM to return to its calling–reporting. Or are those days gone forever and everything now is opinion making posing as news broadcsting and reporting. If that is the case we are doomed. A free press is a cornerstone of our republic.

Then again maybe bloggs are the new press.

patrick neid on October 29, 2008 at 9:48 AM

So release the damned thing and let us all see it!

If B.O. has nothing to worry about here as far as the contents of the tape goes, why withhold it from the public?

pilamaye on October 29, 2008 at 9:48 AM

Obama sharing dinner with Ayres on his left and Dohrn on his right would mean a little more then…”He had dinner, then left”…

right2bright on October 29, 2008 at 9:50 AM

Email the LA Times yourself:

readers.rep@latimes.com
letters@latimes.com
national@latimes.com
oped@latimes.com

Here is what I wrote:

Dear LA Times,

This entire election cycle you have carried water for the Obama campaign. Now is your chance to demonstrate a modicum of journalistic integrity and release that tape of Obama at the dinner with Khalidi.

Demonstrate some sort of desire to do the right thing for America — if there is nothing to the tape than let the American people judge that on Tuesday. But RELEASE the tape!

Republican on October 29, 2008 at 9:50 AM

Then again maybe blogs are the new press.

patrick neid on October 29, 2008 at 9:48 AM

Don’t really need that ‘maybe’ in there…

Vashta.Nerada on October 29, 2008 at 9:50 AM

We are talking about the lying, in the tank for Obama, Los Angeles Times here. So, could it be that they are hiding something more than just video of terrorist loving Khalidi doing his usual anti-Semite spiel and Barack Obama then toasting him soon afterwards?

Domestic terrorists Ayers and Dohrn were also attended. I wonder if the L.A. Times has video of Obama paling around with them at the affair.

Sergeant Tim on October 29, 2008 at 9:51 AM

if they release, they’ll do it monday night and claim they put it out before the election so not bias

jp on October 29, 2008 at 9:51 AM

pilamaye on October 29, 2008 at 9:48 AM

Because Team Barry insiders have told Carl Cameron from Fox News that they are scared sh!tless about the tape. They are doing everything they can to prevent release of the tape.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on October 29, 2008 at 9:52 AM

Question: Do we not have the Feds monitoring these type of events Obama was at, full of devout enemies of the United States???? If so, would they not already have tapes?

jp on October 29, 2008 at 9:52 AM

Is it just me, or is it way past time to start getting pissed off?!

Chicost84 on October 29, 2008 at 9:53 AM

I will add, however, that while I can understand it if the LA Times is withholding the tape to protect their source, I can’t rule out this being a bullshit excuse because it took them 2 days to say that they couldn’t release the tape because of the source and there is no mention of this reason in the original story from April.

CanadianGuy on October 29, 2008 at 9:55 AM

What’s up with that wall of granite the marxist media has erected around this guy? And why are all the wrong people so giddy that it’s working?

Re-read the Aeneid, story of the Trojan Horse.

Spoiler alert: the one who tried to warn everyone died a pretty gruesome death.

jeff_from_mpls on October 29, 2008 at 9:56 AM

Here’s more people to email:

CEO/Publisher: eddy.hartenstein@latimes.com
CFO: chris.avetisian@latimes.com
President of Digital Media: robert.bellack@latimes.com
V.P: karlene.goller@latimes.com
President (LA Times Newspaper): jack.klunder@latimes.com

The full list of people is available here: http://www.latimes.com/services/newspaper/mediacenter/la-mediacenter-execbios,0,2258709.story

In order to email them: firstname.lastname@latimes.com

Republican on October 29, 2008 at 9:57 AM

Does this have a Bill Clinton before the deposition feel.

Is it really as bad as they say…I guess we won’t know until we don’t ever see it.

tomas on October 29, 2008 at 9:58 AM

OT/ Drudge and Fox News finally running with the Credit Card Donation Fraud with Obama.

carbon_footprint on October 29, 2008 at 9:59 AM

If the tape was really damning, I doubt the Politico would release it either. For now, leaving the question in the minds of many is causing damage in itself.

Vashta.Nerada on October 29, 2008 at 10:00 AM

As long as the story about LAT refusing to release the video becomes a HUGE story, releasing the tape may not matter. However, release the tape!!!!!!!!!!!!!

carbon_footprint on October 29, 2008 at 10:00 AM

For now, leaving the question in the minds of many is causing damage in itself.

Vashta.Nerada on October 29, 2008 at 10:00 AM

Exactly.

carbon_footprint on October 29, 2008 at 10:00 AM

I sincerely doubt Politico would release the tape unedited or release it at all. If they and the MSM had any credibility, and they don’t, they would demand LAT release the tape. They haven’t and they won’t.

Blake on October 29, 2008 at 10:02 AM

The MSM wants Obarky to win? Come on.

Bishop on October 29, 2008 at 10:02 AM

Oh yeah?Politico is just scoring some cheap points to settle against its outrageous pro-Obama bias. No telling how anyone would have behaved.

promachus on October 29, 2008 at 10:02 AM

For God’s sake, look at the moral climate this guy inherits. A populus that’s been trained by the Clinton years not just to ignore, but to positively defend egregious felonious behavior in the White House because their man gives them hope.

Sandy Berger’s socks, Kathleen Willey, Juanita Broaddrick, 1000 FBI files, Craig Livingstone, etc. etc. etc..

Bring back memories? Yep: if you swing hard left, you get to do whatever the F you want. Means justified by ends. Old story, unhappy ending.

jeff_from_mpls on October 29, 2008 at 10:03 AM

Then again maybe blogs are the new press.

patrick neid on October 29, 2008 at 9:48 AM
Don’t really need that ‘maybe’ in there…

Vashta.Nerada on October 29, 2008 at 9:50 AM

True enough but the shortcomings to date are significant. We tend to circle around our own fires and the vast middle ground stills inhabits the TV and newspapers. My concern is the time window that exists while the new media takes over. The Obama campaign being the perfect example of this exploitation. They set up all the necessary Internet connections but their main focus remains the TV and Newspapers.

We still need an independent press. The current one simply ignores the work done on bloggs. The result of which may be the New, New Deal.

patrick neid on October 29, 2008 at 10:03 AM

For now, leaving the question in the minds of many is causing damage in itself.

Vashta.Nerada on October 29, 2008 at 10:00 AM

Only for those on a conservative internet site. No one else will really hear much about it.
Once the tape hits the “media”, it will be on YouTube, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, CNN, etc.
But now, just the political nuts know about it, and we have made up our minds.

right2bright on October 29, 2008 at 10:06 AM

Keeping the truth from the American public is the job of the MSM and the LA times is just carrying out their duty. Just because the tape proves Obama may have anti-American ties is what the MSM has tried to suppress from the beginning so this is just standard operating procedure.

volsense on October 29, 2008 at 10:06 AM

It’s pretty obvious that after three days the LA Times is lying. While we all know the MSM is actively doing everything they can to help Obama, when something like this comes out it allows the doubters to see the truth as well. There is no legitimate reason for the LA Times to withhold this video. Even if the agreed to do this at the request of a source (which I highly doubt) the nature of the video’s contents are too consequential. The Obama campaign is in the perfect storm. There is a media that is much more agressive and blatant than ever before pushing him to the Presidency coupled with millions upon millions of illegal donations from overseas (think China, Iran, etc.) offered up with Obama’s complicity using temporary credit cards and fake names. Obama is stealing this election, plain and simple!

davenp35 on October 29, 2008 at 10:07 AM

Pardon my skepticism, but methinks Ben Smith doth protest too much. Would he be so self-righteous about what Politico would do if he weren’t so certain the tape will not be released before the election?

Terrie on October 29, 2008 at 10:08 AM

Sam Zell owns the LA Times.

Call his office:

Equity International, Two North Riverside Plaza, Suite 1700, Chicago, Illinois, 60606, USA | 001.312.466.4001

OR EMAIL him: szell@equityinternational.com

Tell him to tell his pals at the LA Times to release the tape BEFORE the election — i.e. THIS WEEKEND!

Republican on October 29, 2008 at 10:08 AM

If LAT holds the tape until after the election and Obama wins, then the tape turns out half as bad as we’re hearing, then LAT WILL be held responsible. They will go out of business, and Obama won’t be able to save them. And the scandal stands a chance at rendering him politically impotent, as well.

If that happens, I hope none of those hacks works outside of fast food again. It might help them develop a feeling for the people they feel justified deceiving and manipulating.

Just release the damned tape. Or report your net worth as a donation to the Obama campaign, because that’s all the LAT is right now.

Merovign on October 29, 2008 at 10:13 AM

The MSM is a cancer, cut it out.

Cutting out the cancer is the first step. Step two is support the alternative media. This is just the latest of countless examples where alternative media breaks the stories that the MSM ignores and covers over. Cancel Newsweek and the local rag you only keep for sports scores and hit the tip jar of your favorite bloggers.

Angry Dumbo on October 29, 2008 at 10:14 AM

Sam Zell owns the LA Times.

Call his office:

Equity International, Two North Riverside Plaza, Suite 1700, Chicago, Illinois, 60606, USA | 001.312.466.4001

OR EMAIL him: szell@equityinternational.com

Tell him to tell his pals at the LA Times to release the tape BEFORE the election — i.e. THIS WEEKEND!

Republican on October 29, 2008 at 10:08 AM

His email doesn’t work — sorry… the phone number does though.

Republican on October 29, 2008 at 10:14 AM

I cannot believe that there is a possibility that our country is going to elect this guy.

carbon_footprint on October 29, 2008 at 10:15 AM

Newt had a great idea :
dangle about $50K to anyone who has a copy.. bingo !

Btw, CANNOT release the tape until the O gets enough ‘early votes’, y’know.

pambi on October 29, 2008 at 10:16 AM

We have been told that there was nothing out there on Obama. No paper trail, no recordings, sightings, etc. It WAS as if he was born on Krypton. However, I read the LAT story in April. I was jumping up and down about all the info my little housewife self had found on my glorious Mac. I did not get it. Why was even Fox not researching what I had found on my own. There is a paper trail. This story proves there is video, and the Chicago Public Radio proves there are recordings. There is a lot out there and it just would take one serious reporter to put it out there.

Manly Rash has been telling us he believed. Many have questioned why. I believed too, but I knew WHY. No offense to the Ultra Supreme Manly Rash, but it was the female in me that needed some proof. You know how we are, “Well if you love me, prove it!” Believe in the Manly Rash and if you want to know why, start your own research. It should not take you too long to begin jumping up and down as well.

There is more out there, but it is going to take the internet blogging community to drive the emerging stories. Yesterday, I only heard Hannity on tv talking about Obama’s referring to the U.S. as being like Nazi Germany during segregation. I may have missed some discussing this, but I wish it was receiving more air time. What Obama says sounds so much like the so called “Reverend” Wright, and it is SCARY! The Wright issue has I believe some afraid to discuss what Obama said for fear of being labeled racists. America is no saint, and certainly not when it comes to the events that took place during segregation, but it is not comparable in my mind to what the Nazis did to those that did not fit their idea of acceptable human beings.
http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/31718_Obama_Compared_America_to_Nazi_Germany

There is more stuff to come and Manly is right in advising us to strap on our boots and rubber suits! LOL!

We are going to win, despite my own little county having registered 123% of the occupants! And my state is for McCain by 10 points! Vote as if you lives depend on it; because it does!

freeus on October 29, 2008 at 10:18 AM

Okay — this is from Free Republic:


I think I know of a way to force the Los Angeles Times to release the video of Barack Obama toasting former PLO operative Rashid Khalidi at an Israel bashing party which included terrorists Bill (the Bomber) Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. Contact Sam Zell via e-mail. I found out that Zell, unlike most of the media, is NOT some crazed leftwinger. The Times won’t release the Khalidi video but Sam Zell is the owner of the Times and he can ORDER them to release it.

And here is the e-mail address of Sam Zell: Sam.Zell@tribune.com

Got that? In case you didn’t, here it is again:

Sam.Zell@tribune.com

Republican on October 29, 2008 at 10:18 AM

Jonathan Martin getting grilled by Laura Ingraham as we speak.

carbon_footprint on October 29, 2008 at 10:18 AM

Only for those on a conservative internet site. No one else will really hear much about it.

right2bright on October 29, 2008 at 10:06 AM

The ‘big three’ networks have lost 40% of their viewers in the last decade. The top 25 newspapers, excepting USA Today and WSJ, have lost high-single/low-double digit readership in each of the last 5 years. It is surprising how quickly they are sinking.

Vashta.Nerada on October 29, 2008 at 10:19 AM

Two questions:

1) Why would someone give the tape to the LA Times with the stipulation that they can’t use it?

2) With 6 days still to go until Election Day, at what point does the Times’ actions start to cause trouble more trouble for Obama than they prevent?

BigD on October 29, 2008 at 10:19 AM

In my best Newman voice, “When you control the news, you control … the people!!!” The LAT wants to maintain control of the tape and not release it because they want to control what the people think about it.

I fully expect the LAT’s story on it in April has only a passing resemblance to what is on it.

Dusty on October 29, 2008 at 10:20 AM

I think it’s too late for any ‘smoking gun’ to show up and derail Obama completely. I think that McCain will win the election but I think that anyone who is going to vote has already made up their mind. This kind of information should still be brought to light though. If there is an Obama presidency and it’s a disaster then we can point out exactly why it was and how the traditional media failed in it’s responsibility to report on Obama instead of champion him.

gwelf on October 29, 2008 at 10:20 AM

Newt had a great idea :
dangle about $50K to anyone who has a copy.. bingo !

pambi on October 29, 2008 at 10:16 AM

Ace was running a fundraising effort last night to get $25K for the same deal.

carbon_footprint on October 29, 2008 at 10:22 AM

Yes. Pictured here, I believe.

amerpundit on October 29, 2008 at 9:45 AM

The first time I saw that picture (several weeks ago) it was documented as being from a 1998 dinner but someone on hillbuzz posted a link to another picture from the same event (same clothes and china) suggesting that the second picture is from the 2003 conference, from which the video is sought.

fwiw

gh on October 29, 2008 at 10:24 AM

Guys, we need to send this video around. Black man named Alfonzo Rachel on why he’s voting for McCain/Palin.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxhYampIl7A

Btw, it’s gotten 712,000 views.

nickj116 on October 29, 2008 at 10:24 AM

Assuming the worst about this tape, that it contains Obama praising Khalidi and making or endorsing anti-Israel statements, would it really make any difference?

Obama’s core supporters seem to be counting on him actually being anti-Israel, only “forced” to make pro-Israel noises in order to dupe the rubes into electing him. Tributing Khalidi would be seen by them as a plus.

And the media wouldn’t report it anyway, except to dismiss it as a “distraction.”

Gilda on October 29, 2008 at 10:25 AM

Another upstanding former terrorist friend.

Kevin in Washington State on October 29, 2008 at 10:26 AM

Doesn’t the fact that McCain approved grant money for Khalidi change things a bit?

SnarkVader on October 29, 2008 at 10:26 AM

001.312.466.4001

OR EMAIL him: szell@equityinternational.com

Tell him to tell his pals at the LA Times to release the tape BEFORE the election — i.e. THIS WEEKEND!

Republican on October 29, 2008 at 10:08 AM

Yes, the phone # does work. I was told that Sam Zell basically has no interest/control over the content of the paper, that he’s only financially involved. I was advised to contact the paper directly. I still requested they release the tape and to pass on my request.

JiangxiDad on October 29, 2008 at 10:27 AM

The LA Times spokesperson… insisted that they saw no extra news value in a tape that reportedly features Barack Obama praising former Yasser Arafat toady Rashid Khalidi at a 2003 going-away party.

Ed Morrissey

You can bet the LA Times would have found plenty of news value in it if McCain would have said it.

Maxx on October 29, 2008 at 10:28 AM

Newt had a great idea :
dangle about $50K to anyone who has a copy.. bingo !

I agree with Newt – put a bounty on the tape. It won’t be released for the good of the country but greed is something any liberal can relate to.

Also – keep demanding the release from LAT in three inch headlines.

It is still possible to reveal BHO to the general public – however unlikely it is to actually happen.

DeweyWins on October 29, 2008 at 10:29 AM

Doesn’t the fact that McCain approved grant money for Khalidi change things a bit?

SnarkVader on October 29, 2008 at 10:26 AM

Got a link for that?

Maxx on October 29, 2008 at 10:29 AM

Here’s some contact info. found at Hillbuzz. Don’t know if it’s accurate.

Author Peter Wallsten’s telephone numbers are:

202-824-8376 (w)
202-441-1940 (m)

His boss is head of the National Desk in Los Angeles and can be reached by calling (213) 237-5000, requesting the operator, then requesting the National Desk, then requesting the head of the National Desk.

JiangxiDad on October 29, 2008 at 10:31 AM

If the tape was really damning, I doubt the Politico would release it either. For now, leaving the question in the minds of many is causing damage in itself.

Vashta.Nerada on October 29, 2008 at 10:00 AM

Bingo!

Only for those on a conservative internet site. No one else will really hear much about it.
Once the tape hits the “media”, it will be on YouTube, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, CNN, etc.
But now, just the political nuts know about it, and we have made up our minds.

right2bright on October 29, 2008 at 10:06 AM

You may be partially right R2B, but we may see more at the end of the day how “not releasing the tape” by a major news outlet will help to feed the conflict. As a strategic point for the McCain camp, this is another question independents will have to deal with if they are still sitting on a fence. This may also strenghten the Jewish vote, (that trends democratic), for McCain in critical battleground states.

I like to see more red meat stories.

Rovin on October 29, 2008 at 10:31 AM

It would seem that Israel might have interest in making sure that this videotape is released prior to the election.

Moral Relativity would justify their use of Mossad to get their hands on this video.

there it is on October 29, 2008 at 10:32 AM

Doesn’t the fact that McCain approved grant money for Khalidi change things a bit?

SnarkVader on October 29, 2008 at 10:26 AM

From what I understand, that’s a serious misrepresentation. The International Republican Institute, a U.S. government-funded operation, gave a group that Khalidi helped found in 1993 (Center for Palestine Research and Studies) with a multitude of other people just under $500K during the 90s. McCain chaired the IRI during the time.

Other sponsors of the CPRS include the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Jerusalem Fund, and Japanese Embassy. Khalidi simply helped found the group they supported.

From Reader Benson on Ace.

carbon_footprint on October 29, 2008 at 10:33 AM

Ahh the new United States of America under Obama.

Red Tape everywhere, confidential indefinate on everything and no questions or back talking allowed.

That is only for Obama…. the rest of us are screwed.

upinak on October 29, 2008 at 10:34 AM

Got a link for that?

Maxx on October 29, 2008 at 10:29 AM

Yes, I know it’s HuffPo but the grant information is verifiable.

McCain Funded Khalidi’s Work

SnarkVader on October 29, 2008 at 10:34 AM

Republican on October 29, 2008 at 9:50 AM

Done. Thanks, R.

petefrt on October 29, 2008 at 10:35 AM

Can someone stage a protest outside the LA Times????

I can imagine Obama and wifey sitting at a table with Ayers and his Top 10 Most Wanted wife listening to anti-Israel trash.

You can bet your a$$ there’s explosive stuff in there or else it would have been released.

If they aren’t going to release the tape, then McCain needs to make an ad asking “Why not? What are they afraid of? Who was there? Who was at their table? What was said? Who applauded and when?” Publicly raise the questions. He wouldn’t be accusing anyone of anything. He would just be asking the questions the rest of us want to know!!!

I am so freaking pi$$ed.

Oink on October 29, 2008 at 10:35 AM

From what I understand, that’s a serious misrepresentation. The International Republican Institute, a U.S. government-funded operation, gave a group that Khalidi helped found in 1993 (Center for Palestine Research and Studies) with a multitude of other people just under $500K during the 90s. McCain chaired the IRI during the time.

Other sponsors of the CPRS include the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Jerusalem Fund, and Japanese Embassy. Khalidi simply helped found the group they supported.

From Reader Benson on Ace.

carbon_footprint on October 29, 2008 at 10:33 AM

That sounds like the same type of spin Obama used for the Annenberg Foundation.

SnarkVader on October 29, 2008 at 10:35 AM

The MSM will not try to ruin Obama’s chances including that disgrace of an organization Politico.
The video must be damning as hell.

jencab on October 29, 2008 at 10:37 AM

SnarkVader on October 29, 2008 at 10:35 AM

Not exactly, more like a mirror image IMHO

carbon_footprint on October 29, 2008 at 10:37 AM

2) With 6 days still to go until Election Day, at what point does the Times’ actions start to cause trouble more trouble for Obama than they prevent?

BigD on October 29, 2008 at 10:19 AM

Tells me the content is extremely damaging.

Oink on October 29, 2008 at 10:38 AM

LA Times needs to answer:

Does the source have any problem with a complete transcript (with Obama’s reactions included) being published? If so, why? If not, why doesn’t LA Times publish it?

If the source has no problem with a complete transcript being released, then why are they afraid to release the video itself? If they are afraid of being known as the source, what do they think will happen to them if their identity is known?

And THAT LAST ANSWER is what we need to hammer on. WHY ARE PEOPLE AFRAID TO GIVE EVIDENCE AGAINST OBAMA? WHO ELSE HAS EVIDENCE AGAINST OBAMA THAT THEY’RE TOO AFRAID TO PUBLISH?

AND HOW THE HECK IS THIS ANY DIFERENT THAN PUTIN’S BUDDIES OFFING LITVINENKO THROUGH POLONIUM EXPOSURE?

justincase on October 29, 2008 at 10:40 AM

What I find amusing is that the Times’ response is written “By a Times staff writer” — no reporter is named in the byline as of the time I’m writing this.

In a nutshell, that gives us the kernel of the problem — something written by someone we don’t know claiming something we can’t verify.

unclesmrgol on October 29, 2008 at 10:41 AM

Easy for Bullshitico Politico to say they’d release it: they don’t have it.

They would do exactly what the slimy LAT is doing in reality. Getting Osama Obama elected is the most important thing in the world, and no stupid distractions like integrity or letting the public know what they’re vote is getting them can stand in the way.

I know all the New Media types think the traditional MSM is dead, but this election proves it’s not so. The dinosaurs may be sinking into the tar pits, but they still have the clout. If they didn’t, Obama would be polling in negative numbers.

MrScribbler on October 29, 2008 at 10:42 AM

Yes, the phone # does work. I was told that Sam Zell basically has no interest/control over the content of the paper, that he’s only financially involved. I was advised to contact the paper directly. I still requested they release the tape and to pass on my request.

JiangxiDad on October 29, 2008 at 10:27 AM

So Sam Zell doesn’t care about the paper he owns… riiiiight… a load of crap. Pick up the phone everyone and call this guy: 312.466.4001

Republican on October 29, 2008 at 10:42 AM

Tick, Tick, Tick and there were only 0 remaining of the MSM.
These people keep fooling themselves as to why their numbers are declining.
They are just too arrogant to see what’s happening around them.

Gulf Coast on October 29, 2008 at 10:44 AM

Someone posting the top advertisers with LA Times here last night. They should post that list again. The only one I remember is Lexus.

carbon_footprint on October 29, 2008 at 10:45 AM

One question; Is there no other recording of this dinner? Was this “source” the only one with the ability to record this event?

Just thinking out loud……

Rovin on October 29, 2008 at 10:46 AM

Sent to LALA Times, all the emails supplied by HA Crew above:

So, if you had a tape of McCain toasting a spokesman for, say, Aryan Nation, or some other terrorist/criminal organization, you would have the same reluctance to release the tape? If you agreed with your source not to release the tape, why did you selectively report on it at all?

If you don’t release the tape you are doing so with the knowledge that its contents would rightly damage Obama: you simply don’t want him damaged. It would damage Obama because it reveals what he is. If he’s so great, why must the truth about him be covered up?

The new journalism: If the truth damages your political agenda, then cover it up!

Akzed on October 29, 2008 at 10:46 AM

Too bad the Mud Stream Media doesn’t have these kind of balls about secrecy when it comes to our National Security. I thought the American people had a right to know everything. Oh yeah, only if fits the Libertard or Democrap POV.

VikingGoneWild on October 29, 2008 at 10:47 AM

Sent to LALA Times, all the emails supplied by HA Crew above:

So, if you had a tape of McCain toasting a spokesman for, say, Aryan Nation, or some other terrorist/criminal organization, you would have the same reluctance to release the tape? If you agreed with your source not to release the tape, why did you selectively report on it at all?

If you don’t release the tape you are doing so with the knowledge that its contents would rightly damage Obama: you simply don’t want him damaged. It would damage Obama because it reveals what he is. If he’s so great, why must the truth about him be covered up?

The new journalism: If the truth damages your political agenda, then cover it up!

Akzed on October 29, 2008 at 10:46 AM

Now call Sam Zell — :-) : 312.466.4001

Republican on October 29, 2008 at 10:58 AM

The answer, BigD, is simple:

They’re lying.

Just like the Richard J. DALEY Library was lying about not being able to release the Chicago Annenberg Challenge papers in its possession.

The only people requesting that the Khalidi tape not be released is the Obama campaign…and they are probably using threats to do so.

Our nation’s so-called “objective” news media is actively working to promote the Democrat party, while at same time, to demonize the Republican party. And the Democrats who are benefitting from this know that the news media is providing cover for them at every turn. Thus you get situations like the recent financial crisis, where the Democrats – who caused the crisis – are able to simply lie to the American people and blame it on Republicans…because they know that their media-enablers will cover for them.

As the Ramirez cartoon in another thread so accurately and succinctly states:

We aren’t allowed to judge Obama by his actions.

We aren’t allowed to judge Obama by his words.

We aren’t allowed to judge Obama by his associations.

Moreover, when private citizens ask questions that are embarrassing to Dear Leader, GOVERNMNET RESOURCES are being used to find information that will publicly humiliate and smear the questioner…so that others will be too afraid to ask questions.

As I’ve said before, people, our nation’s cultural institutions and information streams have been thoroughly co-opted by Leftist ideologues. And now, these ideologues – in collusion with the Democrat party – are attempting to destroy political pluralism in America. And they are succeeding!

THIS IS FASCISM, PEOPLE!!!

WHAT IS GOING ON IN OUR COUNTRY!?!?!

rvastar on October 29, 2008 at 10:59 AM

Because BO does not want it released, or his birth certificate released, or his college records released, or his list of donors who give under $200 released, and the list goes on.

I am getting concerned and not a little fearful of what may be wrought if, even after no one knows anything about BO, he gets elected President anyway. The Berg suit where BO failed to deny the request for Admissions he was asked, under the law, they are deemed admitted, says he is not a natural-born citizen. Even though that suit was dismissed for, I believe, a lack of standing for Berg to bring it, he is apparently appealing the decision of the lower court in dismissing the suit. Who else but a citizen would, and should, have standing to challenge wheather a presidential candidate meets the minimum Constitutional requirements to run for the Presidency?

If he is elected, and it was later determined that BO was not a natural born citizen or that his citizenship was renounced by his mother when she moved to Indonesia and listed his nationality as Indonesian, because hi step-father was an Indonesian citizen, what a Constitutional crisis would erupt. It would make everything else pale in comparison. Is his Presidency void ab initio?, would Joe Biden take over or if the candicacy itself was void does the Presidency devolve down to the Speaker of the House?

How could anyone take a chance on this?

skatz51 on October 29, 2008 at 11:01 AM

Marxist Candidate supports terrorists — News Never.

Maquis on October 29, 2008 at 11:02 AM

Obama Camp just claimed that McCain has a connection to Khalidi also….just heard it on Fox.

Typical Obama Camp mode of operation……

FiveWays on October 29, 2008 at 11:08 AM

Obama Camp just claimed that McCain has a connection to Khalidi also….just heard it on Fox.

Typical Obama Camp mode of operation……

FiveWays on October 29, 2008 at 11:08 AM

Give me a break — Obama and his hypocrisy make me sick. I’ll bet my life savings that McCain never hung out with the ilk of Ayers, and sang the praises of Khalidi… the disgusting level of hypocrisy of the Obama is enough to drive me crazy

Republican on October 29, 2008 at 11:21 AM

FiveWays on October 29, 2008 at 11:08 AM and Republican on October 29, 2008 at 11:21 AM

I have been thinking the same thing recently. It seems that the only response the Obama campaign can come up with is “I know you are, but what am I!”

Dr. Conservative on October 29, 2008 at 11:30 AM

Now their hitting Sarah on her religious beliefs again

ConservativePartyNow on October 29, 2008 at 9:43 AM

Good! That gives McCain the opportunity to go after Wright without looking desperate.

csdeven on October 29, 2008 at 11:40 AM

Now call Sam Zell — :-) : 312.466.4001

Republican on October 29, 2008 at 10:58 AM

Who is this Chicagoan?

Akzed on October 29, 2008 at 11:41 AM

That sounds like the same type of spin Obama used for the Annenberg Foundation.
SnarkVader on October 29, 2008 at 10:35 AM

Snark, there’s a big difference between a foundation that gives a grant to some organization whose true nature the directors or officers might not be familiar with, and someone who not only sits on a board that gives grants, but is good friends with someone like Khalidi. In addition, Bill Ayers is also a documented close friend of Khalidi — there’s is no denial possible for either of these relationships with Khalidi.

I don’t know about you, but I have a historical dividing line when it comes to those supporting questionable Arab or Muslim associations. It’s 9/11/2001. I can forgive our usually oblivious politicians for blinkered behavior before that date, but I see no way to minimize the continued close association between Obama, Khalidi and Khalidi’s orgnization after 9/11.

Nichevo on October 29, 2008 at 11:44 AM

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