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LA Times Will Not Release Video of Obama Praising PLO Spokesman Khalidi

October 29, 2008

The LA Times is refusing to release a video showing Barack Obama at a farewell dinner for Rashid Khalidi in 2003.  The problem with that is Rashid Khalidi is tied to the PLO in the 1970s and 80s while it was a designated terror group.  According an earlier article by the Times, Obama spoke of his friendship with Khalidi saying:

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.”

The LA Times says it will not release the tape because:

“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.”

Jamie Gold, the newspaper’s readers’ representative, said in a statement: “More than 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.”

I certainly applaud the Times for bringing the tape to light in the first place.  However, due to the fact that Obama is a candidate for president, this tape should be released, regardless of promises made to sources.

In summary, there is video evidence of Obama reminiscing his friendship with a spokesman for a known terrorist group and even praising Khalidi for pointing out his “own blind spots” and “biases” and yet the LA Times will not release this tape.  If it were a dinner for David Duke and John McCain was recounting the “good times” with his buddy David and praising him for ANY reason, this would be all we would be seeing on the TV – and rightly so.  It would point to the character of the man who would be president – and character seems to be something Obama is lacking.

  1. Jeff permalink


    I looked at the post. It is true that McCain was (and still is) chairman of the IRI in 1998 when it gave money to the group (CPRS) that Khalidi co-founded. Of course, it doesn’t mention that there were 6 other founders. The IRI (according to ABC News) says that funds to the CPRS were “de-obligated” in 1999.

    It seems like, at this point, that the connection between McCain and Khalidi is very weak and probably non-existant; especially after funds were pulled from the CPRS.

  2. sfokc6125 permalink

    Has anyone looked into the LA tape as a matter for Homeland Security ? Seeing Obamais running for the top of the chain of command it only reasons that you look into any associations with known terrorists. We cant have a terrorist loving President. Unless he has something to hide where is the hard. Wait its the hard question again. the DNC says run a way.
    Under the Patriot Act they don’t have to give it to GOP but they do have to turn it in to Homeland Security .
    email your congressman NOW put the word out to all that will listen.

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