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John McCain's presidential campaign Tuesday accused the Los Angeles Times of "intentionally suppressing" a videotape it obtained of a 2003 banquet where then-state Sen. Barack Obama spoke of his friendship with Rashid Khalidi, a leading Palestinian scholar and activist.
The Times first reported on the videotape in an April 2008 story about Obama's ties with Palestinians and Jews as he navigated the politics of Chicago. The report included a detailed description of the tape, but the newspaper
"A major news organization is intentionally suppressing information that could provide a clearer link between Barack Obama and Rashid Khalidi," said McCain campaign spokesman Michael Goldfarb. " . . . The election is one week away, and it's unfortunate that the press so obviously favors Barack Obama that this campaign must publicly request that the Los Angeles Times do its job -- make information public."
The Times on Tuesday issued a statement about its decision not to post the tape.
"The Los Angeles Times did not publish the videotape because it was provided to us by a confidential source who did so on the condition that we not release it," said the newspaper's editor, Russ Stanton. "The Times keeps its promises to sources."
Originally posted by dytch
hooray i call shenanigans. the media has been supressing as much negative info on obama since the campaign started along with supressing any positives on McCain. turning the whole McCain/Palin campaign into a witch hunt for who is a bigger looneybin canidate.
technically doesnt this mean the election has been fixed?
Rashid Khalidi (born 1950), an American historian of the Middle East, is the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University, and director of the Middle East Institute of Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs.
Regarding American support for Israel, Khalidi stated in an interview that "every other single place on the face of the earth is in support of the Palestinians, yet all of them together aren't a hill of beans compared to the United States and Israel, because the United States and Israel can basically do anything they please. They are the world superpower, they are the regional superpower.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Khalidi stated that he strongly disagrees with Obama's views on Israel. However, because of Obama's "unusual background, with family ties to Kenya and Indonesia," Khalidi stated that he believes that Obama is "more understanding of the Palestinian experience than typical American politicians."
Originally posted by heliosprime
reply to post by The Savage Khan
Then why is obamassiah running away from him? and Ayres and Wright? Why not just show the tape to america to clear his name? No the media is hiding stuff they know america will not tollerate
Originally posted by mythatsabigprobe
[Who's 'running away from him'? Obama has never hidden the fact that he knows this guy, he's a professor at Columbia. Where do you get this stuff?
Originally posted by redhatty
reply to post by mythatsabigprobe
No, more Obama campaign lies
There is no "US National Advisory Committee on the Middle East"
Rashid Khalidid is the former PLO spokesman and a supporter of Palestinian Suicide Bombers.
Khalidi was born in New York. He received a B.A. from Yale University, where he was a member of Wolf's Head Society, in 1970, and a D. Phil. from Oxford University in 1974 and spent many years as a professor and director of both the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Center for International Studies at the University of Chicago before joining the Columbia faculty. He has also taught at Georgetown University, Lebanese University, and the American University of Beirut.
Khalidi is married to Mona Khalidi, Assistant Dean, Student Affairs; Assistant Director of Graduate Studies, School of International and Public Affairs He is a member of the National Advisory Committee of the U.S. Interreligious Committee for Peace in the Middle East, which describes itself as "a national organization of Jews, Christians and Muslims dedicated to dialogue, education and advocacy for peace based on the deepest teachings of the three religious traditions."
He is member of the Board of Sponsors of The Palestine-Israel Journal, a publication founded by Ziad AbuZayyad and Victor Cygielman, prominent Palestinian and Israeli journalists.
He is founding trustee of The Center for Palestine Research and Studies.
Princeton University let it become known that it was considering hiring Khalidi in 2005. However, a controversy developed over Khalidi's political involvements and no job offer was made.
Fatah is a major Palestinian political party and the largest faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)
Originally posted by mythatsabigprobe
reply to post by heliosprime
You know, I'd like to know if you're even old enough to vote in this election.. you seem to act like a twelve year old on every thread, making up names for the target of your frustrations. The paper said it won't release the tape to protect it's source, not everything starts and ends at the (insert childish name)'s front door. Grow up and start discussing some real issues if you want to talk politics.
I don't see any source to back up that he was a PLO spokesman and the biography I read on him does not mention that at all. In fact, I don't see where he could find the time to do that.