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Post  palin_tologist on Tue Oct 28, 2008 2:26 pm

October 27, 2008, 6:00 a.m.

The L.A. Times Suppresses Obama’s Khalidi Bash Tape
Obama, Ayers, and PLO supporters toast Edward Said’s successor, but the press doesn’t think it’s quite as newsworthy as Sarah Palin’s wardrobe.

By Andrew C. McCarthy


Let’s try a thought experiment. Say John McCain attended a party at which known racists and terror mongers were in attendance. Say testimonials were given, including a glowing one by McCain for the benefit of the guest of honor ... who happened to be a top apologist for terrorists. Say McCain not only gave a speech but stood by, in tacit approval and solidarity, while other racists and terror mongers gave speeches that reeked of hatred for an American ally and rationalizations of terror attacks.

Now let’s say the Los Angeles Times obtained a videotape of the party.

Question: Is there any chance — any chance — the Times would not release the tape and publish front-page story after story about the gory details, with the usual accompanying chorus of sanctimony from the oped commentariat? Is there any chance, if the Times was the least bit reluctant about publishing (remember, we’re pretending here), that the rest of the mainstream media (y’know, the guys who drove Trent Lott out of his leadership position over a birthday-party toast) would not be screaming for the release of the tape?

Do we really have to ask?

So now, let’s leave thought experiments and return to reality: Why is the Los Angeles Times sitting on a videotape of the 2003 farewell bash in Chicago at which Barack Obama lavished praise on the guest of honor, Rashid Khalidi — former mouthpiece for master terrorist Yasser Arafat?

At the time Khalidi, a PLO adviser turned University of Chicago professor, was headed east to Columbia. There he would take over the University’s Middle East-studies program (which he has since maintained as a bubbling cauldron of anti-Semitism) and assume the professorship endowed in honor of Edward Sayyid, another notorious terror apologist.

The party featured encomiums by many of Khalidi’s allies, colleagues, and friends, including Barack Obama, then an Illinois state senator, and Bill Ayers, the terrorist turned education professor. It was sponsored by the Arab American Action Network (AAAN), which had been founded by Khalidi and his wife, Mona, formerly a top English translator for Arafat’s press agency.

Is there just a teeny-weenie chance that this was an evening of Israel-bashing Obama would find very difficult to explain? Could it be that the Times, a pillar of the Obamedia, is covering for its guy?

Gateway Pundit reports that the Times has the videotape but is suppressing it.

Back in April, the Times published a gentle story about the fete. Reporter Peter Wallsten avoided, for example, any mention of the inconvenient fact that the revelers included Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, Ayers’s wife and fellow Weatherman terrorist. These self-professed revolutionary Leftists are friendly with both Obama and Khalidi — indeed, researcher Stanley Kurtz has noted that Ayers and Khalidi were “best friends.” (And — small world! — it turns out that the Obamas are extremely close to the Khalidis, who have reportedly babysat the Obama children.)

Nor did the Times report the party was thrown by AAAN. Wallsten does tell us that the AAAN received grants from the Leftist Woods Fund when Obama was on its board — but, besides understating the amount (it was $75,000, not $40,000), the Times mentions neither that Ayers was also on the Woods board at the time nor that AAAN is rabidly anti-Israel. (Though the organization regards Israel as illegitimate and has sought to justify Palestinian terrorism, Wallsten describes the AAAN as “a social service group.”)

Perhaps even more inconveniently, the Times also let slip that it had obtained a videotape of the party.

Wallsten’s story is worth excerpting at length (italics are mine):

It was a celebration of Palestinian culture — a night of music, dancing and a dash of politics. Local Arab Americans were bidding farewell to Rashid Khalidi, an internationally known scholar, critic of Israel and advocate for Palestinian rights, who was leaving town for a job in New York.

A special tribute came from Khalidi's friend and frequent dinner companion, the young state Sen. Barack Obama. Speaking to the crowd, Obama reminisced about meals prepared by Khalidi's wife, Mona, and conversations that had challenged his thinking.

His many talks with the Khalidis, Obama said, had been "consistent reminders to me of my own blind spots and my own biases. . . . 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."...

[T]he 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.

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 … his opponents for the White House....

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.

The event was videotaped, and a copy of the tape was obtained by The Times.

Though Khalidi has seen little of Sen. Obama in recent years, Michelle Obama attended a party several months ago celebrating the marriage of the Khalidis' daughter.

In interviews with The Times, Khalidi declined to discuss specifics of private talks over the years with Obama. He did not begrudge his friend for being out of touch, or for focusing more these days on his support for Israel — a stance that Khalidi calls a requirement to win a national election in the U.S., just as wooing Chicago's large Arab American community was important for winning local elections.


So why is the Times sitting on the videotape of the Khalidi festivities? Given Obama's (preposterous) claims that he didn’t know Ayers that well and was unfamiliar with Ayers’s views, why didn't the Times report that Ayers and Dohrn were at the bash? Was it not worth mentioning the remarkable coincidence that both Obama and Ayers — the “education reform” allies who barely know each other … except to the extent they together doled out tens of millions of dollars to Leftist agitators, attacked the criminal justice system, and raved about each others books — just happen to be intimate friends of the same anti-American Israel-basher? (Despite having watched the videotape, Wallsten told Gateway Pundit he “did not know” whether Ayers was there.)

Why won’t the Times tell us what was said in the various Khalidi testimonials? On that score, Ayers and Dohrn have always had characteristically noxious views on the Israeli/Palestinian dispute. And, true to form, they have always been quite open about them. There is no reason to believe those views have ever changed. Here, for example, is what they had to say in Prairie Fire, the Weather Underground’s 1974 Communist manifesto (emphasis in original):

Palestinian independence is opposed with reactionary schemes by Jordan, completely opposed with military terror by Israel, and manipulated by the U.S. The U.S.-sponsored notion of stability and status-quo in the Mideast is an attempt to preserve U.S. imperialist control of oil, using zionist power as the cat's paw. The Mideast has become a world focus of struggles over oil resources and control of strategic sea and air routes. Yet the Palestinian struggle is at the heart of other conflicts in the Mideast. Only the Palestinians can determine the solution which reflects the aspirations of the Palestinian people. No "settlements" in the Mideast which exclude the Palestinians will resolve the conflict. Palestinian liberation will not be suppressed.

The U.S. people have been seriously deceived about the Palestinians and Israel. This calls for a campaign to educate and focus attention on the true situation: teach-ins, debates, and open clear support for Palestinian liberation; reading about the Palestinian movement—The Disinherited by Fawaz Turki, Enemy of the Sun; opposing U.S. aid to Israel. Our silence or acceptance of pro-zionist policy is a form of complicity with U.S.-backed aggression and terror, and a betrayal of internationalism.

SELF-DETERMINATION FOR THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE!

U.S. OUT OF THE MIDEAST!

END AID TO ISRAEL!

Barack Obama wouldn’t possibly let something like that pass without a spirited defense of the Israel he tells us he so staunchly supports … would he? I guess to answer that question, we’d have to know what was on the tape.

But who has time for such trifles? After all, isn’t Diana Vreeland about to critique Sarah Palin’s sartorial splendor?

— National Review’s Andrew C. McCarthy chairs the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies’s Center for Law & Counterterrorism and is the author of Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad (Encounter Books 2008).



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PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL THE LATIMES and ask them to release the tape

Post  Netter on Wed Oct 29, 2008 8:28 am

Please email or call the LATIMES and ask them to release the tape for public knowledge. I am asking everyone I know to ask them to release the tape. If anyone posts at the Hillary Clinton Forums or any of the other conservative forums...please ask for their action in releasing this valuable information. The public has the right to know!!!
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Re: The L.A. Times Suppresses Obama’s Khalidi Bash Tape

Post  BillD on Wed Oct 29, 2008 8:39 am

I question the existence of such tapes, and here's why:
the Slimes states that the person/persons who gave them the tapes requested that they not be made public. An anonymous person says here, these are some cool tapes, listen, look, but never let anyone else see them.
Why?
To what end?
Is that not like issuing a gun to a police officer then telling him he can SAY he has a gun, but can never fire it, never show it in public???
Why would I give someone else something like a tape, then say, you can talk about it, but never ever let anyone outside of this organization ever hear the tapes.
That defies ALL logic!
I'd either NEVER give it to them,
or
do so, and say, "use this, but you have NO idea where it came from, ok?"
But to say here - it's our little secret????????? Again, why? To what end?
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Re: The L.A. Times Suppresses Obama’s Khalidi Bash Tape

Post  Netter on Wed Oct 29, 2008 8:53 am

well they did release quite a bit of the information when they were behind Hillary in the form of the article? Have you read it?...it's in the archives so you can see it...also says who was in attendance...Obama, Ayers, etc.... The information that was released seemed quite credible and not "fantastic" at all...but I have been wrong before. At the time it was written it was too late for Hillary really to do anything about...so I understand her not pressing for the copy...but why would the LAtimes want to release it now after endorsing Obama. And they still stand by the fact that there is a tape...that they were given in confidentiality and they intend to keep their word on that issue....it is not in their best interest to release it. I have every confidence that it exists...it makes perfect sense when you understand who was in attendance at the send-off.



BillD wrote:I question the existence of such tapes, and here's why:
the Slimes states that the person/persons who gave them the tapes requested that they not be made public. An anonymous person says here, these are some cool tapes, listen, look, but never let anyone else see them.
Why?
To what end?
Is that not like issuing a gun to a police officer then telling him he can SAY he has a gun, but can never fire it, never show it in public???
Why would I give someone else something like a tape, then say, you can talk about it, but never ever let anyone outside of this organization ever hear the tapes.
That defies ALL logic!
I'd either NEVER give it to them,
or
do so, and say, "use this, but you have NO idea where it came from, ok?"
But to say here - it's our little secret????????? Again, why? To what end?
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Here is the Original LATimes Article1

Post  Netter on Wed Oct 29, 2008 8:59 am

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Re: The L.A. Times Suppresses Obama’s Khalidi Bash Tape

Post  BillD on Wed Oct 29, 2008 10:22 am

I think they alluded to such a tape when supporting Hillary, a bluff.
and now that Obama is "the one" they can't deny it, because there's a credibility thing, however, they can "refuse to release it".
I still contend - it never existed, it was a bluff used back then, they never in a million guessed he'd actually win or get this far, now they have seen their bluff called - we want to see their hand. Their hand was empty.

At least that's my take. It still defies ALL logic, IMO.
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Re: The L.A. Times Suppresses Obama’s Khalidi Bash Tape

Post  Mad_Jasper on Wed Oct 29, 2008 10:48 am

I disagree. I think this video exists. One way to find out it begin spreading as many lies about the video as possible, forcing the LA Times to release the tape in rebuttal.
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Re: The L.A. Times Suppresses Obama’s Khalidi Bash Tape

Post  Netter on Wed Oct 29, 2008 11:01 am

Nothing defies logic with this man...nothing. He hasnt had a good/safe associate yet...why should this be any different. I am going with it until I hear differently.
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Re: The L.A. Times Suppresses Obama’s Khalidi Bash Tape

Post  Siouxie on Wed Oct 29, 2008 11:33 am

I would just like to know how many MORE questionable associates does Obama need to be linked to so that people wake the heck up?? Shocked

It boggles the mind. Don't they realize this is a pattern with him??
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Re: The L.A. Times Suppresses Obama’s Khalidi Bash Tape

Post  BillD on Wed Oct 29, 2008 11:57 am

Not until it's too late.
I see there is now a $175,000 reward for a copy of that tape - a freeper just upped it 25K from his own pocket, apparently.

Well, that is a point - put out all the stuff we can about the supposed tape and force them to play their hand, or make some move to dispute it.
Even go so far as to call the liars.
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Re: The L.A. Times Suppresses Obama’s Khalidi Bash Tape

Post  Ebinger on Wed Oct 29, 2008 7:56 pm

What in the holy hell is on that tape? Must be pretty bad.

Ze rumours are flying that there's more than one copy of that tape and McCain and Palin already have and will release it t minus 48. Cool
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Re: The L.A. Times Suppresses Obama’s Khalidi Bash Tape

Post  Nariman on Thu Oct 30, 2008 9:35 am

Well we're getting pretty close to election day, so if the McCain/Palin people do have a copy they need to get it out soon so that it has time to circulate and be effective. I'm sure the Obama Spin Team already has a rebuttal though that will be circulating amongst the MSM at triple the rate the actual tape will be(if there is a tape at all).

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Post  BillD on Thu Oct 30, 2008 11:07 am

The REAL source of the story!

http://www.debbieschlussel.com/archives/2008/10/exclusive_ali_a.html
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Re: The L.A. Times Suppresses Obama’s Khalidi Bash Tape

Post  Lakerfanalways on Thu Oct 30, 2008 3:07 pm

I called the McCain camp. They don't have the tape, the LA Times refuses to release the tape, so we are screwed, things are tightening up in the polls, they are VERY hopeful that they can win. All the nonsense about Sarah and discord in the campaign is an outright LIE, NOT TRUE AT ALL. Whoever is making up these lies are coming from OUTSIDE the campaign. They are very hopeful that they will win this election

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