LA Times Helping Out Obama?

Is the Los Angeles Times refusing to release a videotape in its possession in order to help Barack Obama avoid embarassment? Well, you decide. Here are the pertinent facts:

1. The PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization), in case you have been asleep for the last 45 years, is an organization responsible for countless acts of terrorism, resulting in the deaths of thousands of Jewish men, women and children.

2. Rashid Khalidi, according to the New York Times “work[ed] for the PLO” in the 1970’s, later becoming a professor at the University of Chicago, and then Columbia University.

3. At a party thrown in his honor in Chicago in 2003, attended by Barack Obama, Khalidi did the following, according to the Los Angeles Times:

At Khalidi’s going-away party in 2003, the scholar lavished praise on Obama, telling the mostly Palestinian American crowd that the state senator deserved their help in winning a U.S. Senate seat. “You will not have a better senator under any circumstances,” Khalidi said.

4. Obama’s participation in this event was cited as a reason why, again according to the LA Times, “Palestinians see a friend in Barack Obama.” Lest anyone question why any of this matters or relates to policy, and lest anyone claim this is just “guilt by association,” here is the relevance:

And yet the warm embrace Obama gave to Khalidi, and words like those at the professor’s going-away party, have left some Palestinian American leaders believing that Obama is more receptive to their viewpoint than he is willing to say. Their belief is not drawn from Obama’s speeches or campaign literature, but from comments that some say Obama made in private and from his association with the Palestinian American community in his hometown of Chicago, including his presence at events where anger at Israeli and U.S. Middle East policy was freely expressed

5. In its article about the 2003 event, where Obama himself spoke, the LA Times stated “The event was videotaped, and a copy of the tape was obtained by The Times.”

6. The LA Times is refusing to post the video on its website or share it with other news organizations.

I obviously have no idea what this tape shows. And neither do you. And that’s the point. Perhaps it shows absolutely nothing which would embarass Senator Obama.

But if the event was newsworthy enough to warrant an article in the LA Times, why not share the tape and let the people decide?

More importantly, do you have any doubt at all that if the LA Times possessed a video of John McCain speaking at an event in honor of a person with alleged ties to a terrorist organization, they would at the very least post it on their website, or share it with other news organizations who are interested in seeing it?

Again, why not let the people decide? Who is the LA Times protecting?

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