”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 Obamaâ€™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.Â The LA Times is refusing to release the video.
Ben Smith at The Politico is puzzled by the Timesâ€™ decision, saying that Politico would have made it public.
The paper hasnâ€™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 â€” the L.A. Times brought the matter to light,” wrote the readersâ€™ representative, Jamie Gold.
L.A. Times spokeswoman Nancy Sullivan wouldnâ€™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”When we reported on the tape six months ago, that was our full report,” she said, and asked, ”Does Politico release unpublished information?”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 â€” Politico and most news outlets constantly make available videos and documents, after describing them in part, which is why the Timesâ€™ decision not to release the video is puzzling. My instinct, and many reportersâ€™, is to share as much source material as possible.
The Times is now claiming that they canâ€™t release the Khalidi tape because they promised their source they wouldnâ€™t.Â Which just raises more questions.Â Whatâ€™s on that tape that the Timesâ€™ source doesnâ€™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?Â 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 â€” a conversation that is necessary not just around Mona and Rashid ‘s dinner table â€¦ [but around] this entire world.
Homegrown terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn â€” who launched Obama’s political career from their home â€” were reportedly in attendance â€” 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?Â 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.”Â It makes a lot of sense from several vantage points.Â She does not need the reward money, therefore no takers.Â And,Â 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 JuneÂ 2008.Â 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.Â Besides it would appear racist, and the race card would be used against her.Â Â With Hillary Clinton the alleged owner of the videotape is enough reason why the LA Times will never release the videotape.Â 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.Â They recently used their muscle against the radio station that interviewed Biden.
— Jonas S. Lieberman