UPDATE: Hillary Clinton was Inside Source of L.A. Times Video of Rashid Khalidi

Posted on 29 October 2008


”A major news organization is intentionally suppressing information that could provide a clearer link between Barack Obama and Rashid Khalidi ,” said McCain spokesman Michael Goldfarb, citing Obama’s friendship with Khalidi , who is now a professor at Columbia University.

The LA Times has video of Barack Obama toasting and praising Jew-hating PLO operative (and Yasser Arafat henchman) Rashid Khalidi at a 2003 event.  The LA Times is refusing to release the video.

Ben Smith at The Politico is puzzled by the Times’ decision, saying that Politico would have made it public.

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”When we reported on the tape six months ago, that was our full report,” she said, and asked, ”Does Politico release unpublished information?”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

The Times is now claiming that they can’t release the Khalidi tape because they promised their source they wouldn’t.  Which just raises more questions.  What’s on that tape that the Times’ source doesn’t want the public at large to see?

And on top of all of this, who could imagine the Times sitting on a similarly inconvenient video for John McCain?  Can anyone imagine the Times letting the wishes of some source get in the way of releasing a video that could damage John McCain? Or Sarah Palin? Of course not.

Khalidi directed the official Palestinian press agency WAFA during the heyday of PLO terrorism. If possible, he has become even more radicalized: now he teaches on the Middle East faculty at Columbia, which makes Mahmoud Ahmadinejad look like Bebe Netanyahu. Like other radicals, he is fond of accusing Israel of running an ”apartheid system.” This should give Jews a hint as to where our foreign policy would go under President Obamination.

On the tape, Obama refers to the intimate dinners he had with Khalidi and his wife Mona, as the terrorist propagandist was leaving Chicago for Columbia:

It’s for that reason that I’m hoping that, for many years to come, we continue that conversation — a conversation that is necessary not just around Mona and Rashid ‘s dinner table … [but around] this entire world.

Homegrown terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn — who launched Obama’s political career from their home — were reportedly in attendance — another reason for LA Times to sit on the tape.

By the way, LA Times has officially endorsed Obama for President. No word on whether it favors Khalidi or Osama bin Laden for Secretary of State.

So who is Rashid Khalidi?  Meet Rashid Khalidi .

Obama met Khalidi when the latter was a Middle Eastern Studies professor at the University of Chicago. Khalidi and young Barack became fast friends and, in 2000, he hosted a successful fundraiser for the Illinois senator. Soon thereafter, Obama served alongside Khalidi–and also Bill Ayers–as a paid director on the board of the Woods Fund, an Illinois-based nonprofit organization which claims to provide help to the have-nots. In 2001 and 2002, while Obama was on the board, the Woods Fund provided a pair of grants totaling $75,000 to the Arab-American Action Network, a controversial group which views Israel as racist and mourns its very establishment. The grants proved to be about 20 percent of the AAAN’s grant income for the two years.

Khalidi helped to establish the AAAN, and his wife serves as president of the group. Over the years, he has had plenty of disparaging things to say about Israel, has supported Palestinian acts of terrorism, and is said to have worked for the Palestine Liberation Organization while it was actively involved in terrorism and deemed by the U.S. Department of State to be a terrorist organization.

Racists, sexists, anti-Americans. Domestic terrorists, foreign terrorists, terrorist sympathizers and corrupt businessmen. These are the people that Barack Obama counts as friends, as supporters, as mentors, as co-workers.

With a potential president with friends like these, who needs enemies? What favors will he owe these terrorists?

UPDATE: Hillary Clinton’s Camp Releases Video to LA Times

With some inside sources informing us, ”we can assure you with almost 100% certainty that the person who allegedly supplied the tape to the LA Times was Hillary Clinton.”  It makes a lot of sense from several vantage points.  She does not need the reward money, therefore no takers. And, the LA Times disclosed the contents of the tape approximately 6 weeks prior to Hillary Clinton conceding the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama which took place in the first week of June  2008. The Clinton campaign was desperate at the time, consequently the information of the contents surfaced. She was feeling the waters and based upon the media and voters reaction, she decided not to do anything more at the time.

Hillary Clinton anticipated using this tape to win the Democratic nomination, however due to a number of different variables, it was never used.  Besides it would appear racist, and the race card would be used against her.  With Hillary Clinton the alleged owner of the videotape is enough reason why the LA Times will never release the videotape.  It will open up an entire can of worms.

And do not forget the political muscle that the Obama campaign is employing against the LA Times.  They recently used their muscle against the radio station that interviewed Biden.

— Jonas S. Lieberman


6 Comments For This Post

  1. Native Girl says:

    I know there are two sides to every story. I think with this story the truth is out there…

  2. Bearded Lady says:

    Wake UP!! Read this, forward this and let it soak in. Israel will be the first nation, next to his own, that Obama will turn his back to and allow for destruction. Perhaps it will be subtle, just like his liaisons to the Middle East. The signs of the true Obama Presidency have all been laid out. Americans must look beyond taxes and their pocket books and look at the core of our American ideals, declaration and future of our country. For those of you voting for Obama, when you do and whatever the outcome, you will do it knowing what this man truly stands for and what he will bring into our countries inner core for generations to come. This is not about race, party, or popularity. It is about socialism, terrorism and deception. Vote carefully, for you are voting for your children and your children’s children.

  3. Jonas says:

    To BEARDED LADY, I could not say it any better. The majority of the people in this country think they are voting for the president of their PTA. They simply don’t get it. They of voting for the president of the most powerful country in the world. It’s not that they caught Obama with one or two discretions, this man has been courts with dozens upon dozens of unscrupulous, illegal, immoral activities. The majority of this factual data did not come from the Republican Party. In fact a lot of this information came from Democrats that converted to the Republican Party.

  4. Emil says:

    Just a few days ago, Obama’s “Brown Shirts” ejected reporters from his plane. They were from the Washington Times, New York Post and the Dallas Morning News, these papers endorsed McCain. Obama’s “Brown Shirt” tactics are reminicent of the Stalin and Hitler days and preview what an Obama administration would look like. By giving the LA Times custody of the tape of Obama, Bill Ayers and Khalidi toasting Yasir Arafat and making disparaging remarks of the Jews, it further illustrates that Obama lies about his policies and beliefs. This tape is the smoking gun and people have the right to see it. If Obama secretly is supporting the PLO and Hamas and Israel is abandoned by the United States, the Saudis will also be “in play” in the mid-east and we may be cut off completely from strategic oil supplies. The LA Times further illustrates what may come if Obama is elected. By with holding this vital tape, the LA times is skewing the news again and it’s disturbing that the majority of the Fourth Estate remains corrupt!

  5. Jonas says:

    Emil where did you read about Obama ejecting pro-McCain media? Could you send it to soljonas@aol.com? Thanks

  6. Mike says:

    Just a few days ago, Obama’s “Brown Shirts” ejected reporters from his plane. They were from the Washington Times, New York Post and the Dallas Morning News, these papers endorsed McCain. Obama’s “Brown Shirt” tactics are reminicent of the Stalin and Hitler days

    The only way that this would be similar to Satlin and Hitler days would be if the planes were in the air when he ejected them. Hitler and Stalin eradicated the press, they didn’t leave them around to write stories. This kind of hyperbole does little to advance your argument.

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