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LA Times Promised Its Source It Wouldn't Release Obama/Khalidi Tape

I can understand why the LA Times wouldn't divulge the name of the person who gave the LA Times the video, but why not release the tape? Obama and Khalidi must know who the source of the video is and this person is afraid of any repercussions.

It's interesting, though, that LA Times keeps this tape secret, but they had no problem blowing the lid off the US government's bank surveillance program, a classified counterterrorism program. After the LA Times was overwhelmed with criticism for revealing that program, the newspaper offered an explanation:

We sometimes withhold information when we believe that reporting it would threaten a life. In this case, we believed, based on our talks with many people in the government and on our own reporting, that the information on the Treasury Department's program did not pose that threat. Nor did the government give us any strong evidence that the information would thwart true terrorism inquiries. In fact, a close read of the article shows that some in the government believe that the program is ineffective in fighting terrorism.

In the end, we felt that the legitimate public interest in this program outweighed the potential cost to counterterrorism efforts.

The LA Times had no problem revealing a classified counterterrorism program, even after requests by officials in the US Treasury Department not to. But now the LA Times suddenly feels the need to honor the request of the source of this videotape - who gave them the video to begin with - to not publish it. The Obama/Khalidi tape is of legitimate public interest. In 6 days the American people are going to the polls to elect the next President of the United States, the leader of the free world. The American people have the right to make an informed choice and this tape is important to understanding who Barack Obama is and what he believes. Release the tape.


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Comments (34)

You have done better than m... (Below threshold)

You have done better than most on describing this, especially the hypocrisy of the LA Times and many other 'news' organizations.

In the face of this hypocrisy, they have no excuse, none!

on=inRelease the t... (Below threshold)


Release the tape!

Anyone with a couple millio... (Below threshold)
Jody C:

Anyone with a couple million dollars to offer for the tape. I'm certain someone has a price.

"Anyone with a couple milli... (Below threshold)

"Anyone with a couple million dollars to offer for the tape."

National Enquirer, anyone?

In the end, we fel... (Below threshold)
In the end, we felt that the legitimate public interest in this program outweighed the potential cost to counterterrorism efforts.

Meaning, the MSM wants their election "coverage" controversy ratings and no one is going to stop them.

Question: Would the ... (Below threshold)

Question: Would the LA Times withhold releasing this tape if it were benign...or easily spun to be nearly so?

Answer: Of course not!

Conclusion: It IS damaging to Obama.

Spread THAT truth folks...far & wide!

Back in 2004 when Obama was... (Below threshold)

Back in 2004 when Obama was running in the Illinois Democrat primary election for the U.S. Senate, he had a strong Demo opponent (Blair Hull). The Chicago media, including the Chicago Tribune (owner of LA Times), kept digging until they got Hull's divorce records opened, which contained allegations of domestic abuse by Hull against his then wife. That ended Hull's political career.

In the general election for U.S. Senate/Illinois in fall 2004, Obama had a strong Republican opponent, Jack Ryan. The Chicago Tribune led the effort to open the sealed divorce records of Jack & Jeri Ryan, over the objections of both Jack & Jeri. Thanks to the Chgo Tribune, those records were unsealed and the allegations about the Ryans visiting a sex club in Paris came out. Ryan eventually dropped off the ticket, to be replaced by Alan Keyes of Maryland. We know how well that turned out.

Moral of the story? When the Chicago Tribune/LA Times WANTS to tell a story, nothing stops them from doing so. Why not this story?

The L.A. Times is downsizin... (Below threshold)

The L.A. Times is downsizing significantly right now, and they have a new (ugly) look, but that hasn't stopped them from their usual M.O.

The LASlimes have an excuse... (Below threshold)

The LASlimes have an excuse not to release the tape, they don't have a valid reason, only an excuse. Maybe someone will hold a one car funeral procession when the LASlimes dies.

The mind is a funny creatur... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

The mind is a funny creature... The LASlimes may do more harm to their Messiah by not releasing the video.

Imagination often makes things worse than they truly are. If they want, instead, to cause controversy and bring MORE attention to the suppression of actual "news", so be it.

Video of Obama killing a puppy would be talked down and dismissed. Speculation of such a video being surpressed by an in-the-tank source that purports to deliver news is more of a story anyway.

Nice going, LAT!

Circulation is cratering at... (Below threshold)
Randy R:

Circulation is cratering at the LA Times and other major newspapers and the industry is in a death spiral right now. They still haven't figured out a business model that will work in the internet age, which is why they've thrown out any pretense of objectivity in their desperate effort to get Obama elected. The LA Times knows it's going to need a government bailout to survive.

So there's not a chance in hell that they'll release this tape if it actually is damaging to Obama. I suspect that the McCain campaign already has a copy of it and is just using this controversy as a ploy to discredit the LA Times while raising public interest in seeing it. At least I hope so. Otherwise this will be a non-starter.

I wouldn't hold my breath.<... (Below threshold)

I wouldn't hold my breath.

How many 'tapes' have we heard about so far? Granted, the others have purportedly been of Michelle, but even so...

On the other hand, I'd love to see such a tape surface this week.

It would give the media some narrative with which to explain Obama's loss --- one that doesn't involve racism.

Clint, yes, the whole "whit... (Below threshold)

Clint, yes, the whole "whitey tape" deal was very questionable. There was also only one person who made the claim of being in possession of said tape. This is an entire newspaper.

SotG's got it right. They're doing more damage by playing this game. People will not automatically assume that it's totally innocuous if they're refusing to release it.

People don't keep "good" secrets.

Source = Obama?... (Below threshold)

Source = Obama?

I think we should all deman... (Below threshold)

I think we should all demand an explanation of why $448,873 in grants was given to Khalidi's Center for Palestine Research and Studies. Oh, by the way, it was the International Republican Institute (while McCain was chairman) that gave several grants totaling $448,873 to Khalidi's Center for Palestine Research and Studies. McCain's ties with Khalidi need to be further investigated.

The fact that the LA Times ... (Below threshold)

The fact that the LA Times admits that there IS a tape, but refuses to release it, demonstrates the sheer hypocrisy of the MSM.

They MUST protect the 'ONE', their 'Messiah' at all costs; at the expense of their last shreads of credibility, and even their own existence. How many of their remaining readers will continue to subscribe to them, since it is now quite clear that the Times is only interested in being another Pravda?

McCain is the only candidat... (Below threshold)

McCain is the only candidate that gave money to Khalidi (post# 15). And you guys think Obama is the one that needs to be investigated!

Why the hell would you give... (Below threshold)

Why the hell would you give it to the paper in the first place?

Dr. John...SimpleB... (Below threshold)

Dr. John...Simple

Because the source knew that the Times would never allow it to be released, and that it's pious claims of the 'public's right to know' would work to Obama's advantage. The MSM believes that they have the sole right to determine what the public should know, and that while it's First Amendment rights allow it to print anything it wants regardless of the cost, it also has the 'right' to suppress anything it wants.

Cockroach,instead ... (Below threshold)


instead of repudiating the actual case of the tape, you've referred to some infromation about someone else. That's not a denial, but the source you've presented is quite dubious. Any other sources of this infromation rather than the Huffington Post?

LA Times:Phone 213... (Below threshold)
Pretzel Logic:

LA Times:

Phone 213-237-5000
fax 213-237-7679

Uh, cockroach, from your ow... (Below threshold)

Uh, cockroach, from your own article:
"Of course, there's seemingly nothing objectionable with McCain's organization helping a Palestinian group conduct research in the West Bank or Gaza."

An anonymous source who has... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

An anonymous source who has seen the video reports that Obama appears to be applauding and agreeing with the more radical attendees that Israel should be wiped off the map. This video could easily cost Obama the election and that's why the LA Times is suppressing it. If the anonymous source is wrong, the LA Times can prove it by releasing the video. They won't, however, because it's true.

Anonymous sources are such a wonderful invention and used to great effect by the left. Maybe the right should get a clue and start using them as well.

Oh, these are the people in... (Below threshold)

Oh, these are the people in Obama's neigh-bor-hood...

Look there's Tony Rezko! And Jeremiah Wright! And Michael Pfleger! And Louis Farrakhan! And Rashid Khalidi! And Frank Davis! And Alice Palmer! And William Ayers!

At some point, don't the dots sort of connect themselves?

Doesn't Obama have any friends or close associates that you or I wouldn't throw out of our house?

And this tape will prove wh... (Below threshold)
The Other Ed:

And this tape will prove what?

In regards to Khalidi, the guilt-by-association game burns John McCain as well.

During the 1990s, while he served as chairman of the International Republican Institute (IRI), McCain distributed several grants to the Palestinian research center co-founded by Khalidi, including one worth half a million dollars.

A 1998 tax filing for the McCain-led group shows a $448,873 grant to Khalidi's Center for Palestine Research and Studies for work in the West Bank. (See grant number 5180, "West Bank: CPRS" on page 14 of this PDF.)

The relationship extends back as far as 1993, when John McCain joined IRI as chairman in January. Foreign Affairs noted in September of that year that IRI had helped fund several extensive studies in Palestine run by Khalidi's group, including over 30 public opinion polls and a study of "sociopolitical attitudes."

Okay, McCain was/is chair o... (Below threshold)

Okay, McCain was/is chair of the International Republican Institute, which is an organization that funds study groups and democracy education groups all over the world. And OMG! They funded a group in Cuba! McCain must be in cahoots with Castro himself!

Show me where he had numerous dinners with Khalidi, attended parties with/for Khalidi, where Khalidi held fund-raisers for McCain, or where, say, Fox might be suppressing video of McCain and Khalidi.

Obama's ties are of a personal nature, not just one organization with another. DailyKos is actually calling this a "bombshell"?

The Other Ed,But o... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

The Other Ed,

But of course the difference escapes you entirely. The LA Times is not suppressing a video showing McCain applauding radicals as they make the case that Israel should be wiped off the map.

Every bit of negative information about McCain has been made public and even sensationalized with the addition of statements from anonymous sources. See post #23.

Obama tries to be one of the group regardless of what group he's currently associating with. We saw that when he was visiting those like you in San Francisco and talked about backward people clinging to their guns and religion. Knowing that, you can imagine what Obama said and did when paling around with supporters of Palestinian terrorists. Not that you would care, but it might shock 3% of the voters into opening their eyes and seeing the real Obama. The LA Times knows it can't allow that.

moral equivalancy on full d... (Below threshold)

moral equivalancy on full display here by the trolls, of course. how many nights did Khaliki babysit McCain's kids?

It's not so much the money,... (Below threshold)

It's not so much the money, it's where it is going. There's a big difference between McCain giving money to Khalidi's Center for Palestine Research, and Obama funneling money to a Former PLO Operative's Anti-Israel Foundation. And then, of course, Khalidi held a fundraiser for Obama. There's a questionable exchange there.

Another problem to note is ... (Below threshold)

Another problem to note is how Obama downplays his acquaintance with Khalidi. He says he knew him because he was a college professor, makes no mention of the fundraiser and the grants that were given to an Anti-Israeli cause:

"Khalidi is longtime a friend of Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. In the 1990s, Obama and his wife were regular dinner guests at Khalidi's Chicago home. During the 2000 election cycle, Mr. and Mrs. Khalidi organized a fundraiser for Barack Obama's unsuccessful congressional bid. In 2001 and again in 2002, the Woods Fund of Chicago, while Mr. Obama served on its board, made grants totaling $75,000 to Khalidi's Arab American Action Network. In 2003 Obama would attend a farewell party in Khalidi's honor when the latter was leaving the University of Chicago to embark on his new position at Columbia.

at least $150k (get it bef... (Below threshold)
Pretzel Logic:

at least $150k (get it before its taxed like hell!!!)


That is interesting, Pretze... (Below threshold)

That is interesting, Pretzel. A letter written by a relative of the late Prince Rainier who represents offshore holding and deals in real estate.

Check out the flow chart below the letter posted here. Even The Jewish Week is pitching in:


Feeding Trolls:An ... (Below threshold)
Steve Schippert:

Feeding Trolls:

An IRI Statement Regarding Work with Palestinians:

For Immediate Release
October 29, 2008

Washington, DC - "Questions have arisen regarding the International Republican Institute's (IRI) work with Palestinians in the 1990s.

"In the 1990s, IRI gave grants to the Center for Palestinian Research and Studies (CPRS) for polling in the West Bank/Gaza. The polls measured support for the peace process, for various Palestinian political groups, and for efforts to enhance governance in the West Bank/Gaza. At that time no other organization could credibly conduct polling in the West Bank/Gaza.

"We understand that Rashid Khalidi was one of the many founders of CPRS, and we understand that he was for some (unclear) amount of time a board member. IRI did not in the 1990s conduct background checks of grantees' founders or board members. IRI did on a number of occasions vet CPRS as an organization, including, as was our custom, with the Israeli government, and we were given no cause for concern.

"We do not recall any contact between Mr. Khalidi and IRI, and there is no evidence that Mr. Khalidi benefitted in any way from IRI's grants.

"Other organizations that reportedly gave funding to CPRS include the National Endowment for Democracy, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Center for International Private Enterprise, the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations, the Japanese Embassy, and Germany's Friedrich Naumann Stiftung.

"IRI's relationship with CPRS ended in 2000, and we understand that it no longer exists."

Yet, since 2000, Barack Obama has had a personal relationship, friendship, and praise for whom, exactly?

You forget. Just as Obama h... (Below threshold)

You forget. Just as Obama has told the TV stations that asked Biden those tough questions that they will not have any more access, they've also threatened to pull their multi-million dollar advertising from these publications. Money is buying htis election. It bought the DNC, the Superdelegates and fraudulent voters. What will they all do after the election if Obama fails and welfare does not get restored.






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