…and yes, that Rev Wright is “a wonderful man” -, and “my faith is not necessarily a traditional faith”
Newslink: New Mexico Republican -correctly- callsÂ Obama ‘a Muslim socialist’, AP calls him “American-born Christian”
Obama well-spoken, terribly misguided,with a narcissistic personality disorder–due to unstable family upbringings, with lack of a true father figure. His mind is horribly susceptible to a perverse, misguided radical view on a distorted America, swimming in moral nuance. His racial hang ups drive him to validate his own identity, which causes him to believe in a foolish impractical ideology that is Marxism for reparations. Poor choice of friends. Charisma w/o character. He is devoid of morals.
Obama’s issues would be better resolved in a psychotherapists office, than in the Oval Office.
Ed MorrisseyÂ links to an article from the March-April 1996 issue of “New Ground,” the official journal of the Chicago Democratic Socialists of Americaâ€”who endorsed Obama:Â New Ground 45 – Chicago Democratic Socialists of America.
O’Reilly Factor Calls LA Times About Khalidi VideoIf the Los Angeles Times had a video of John McCain toasting a supporter of the old South African apartheid government, does anyone think they wouldn’t release it without hesitation? However, because the Times has aÂ videoÂ of Barack Obama toasting former PLO operative, Rashid Khalidi, at an Israel-bashing party that also included terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, they are now coming up with all sorts of absurd legalistic reasons as to why they can’t release the video.Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs has posted theÂ messagesÂ between a reader and the a Los Angeles Times representative about the release of this video:Â Â Â Â
From: Readers Rep
Date: Monday, October 27, 2008 16:14
Subject: RE: Not read: The L.A. Times Suppressing Obama’s Khalidi Bash Tape?
The Times did write about the tape, so I’m not sure what you mean aboutsuppressing the video or information from the video. Here is a copy of the report about the video.
Thanks again for writing,
If that is the case, then release the video that you have of the event and don’t merely report it. 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?
Thanks for your note back. Â It sounds as if you don’t find “mere reporting” to be enough, but The Times is not suppressing anything.
Just the opposite â€” the L.A. Times brought the matter to light. Â Â
Thanks again for taking the time to write.
As Johnson stated, the Times is basically telling its readers:Â “No, we’re not going to release the video. Go away.” And now the Los Angeles Times has also told the O’Reilly Factor to”go away.” Here is the transcript of theÂ videoÂ from yesterday’s O’Reilly Factor as Bill O’Reilly explains what happened when his staff dared to request that Khalidi video:
Check four. Some are saying that zealots on the right are wrong to demand that the Los Angeles Times release a tape it says it has of Senator Obama praising a radical college professor, Rashid Khalidi, in 2002 [actually 2003]. Now we called the Times today. Apparently there’s some kind of ethical problem with releasing that tape. Check believes the Times must explain all this and we’ll have more on this story tomorrow. You can access the Times article which purportedly tells all about the tape onlatimes.com. Now, is this a big deal? Check doesn’t know but the folks should decide about that tape, LA Times.
Good luck getting that video, Bill. It seems the Times has found all sorts of lame excuses not to release it. Of course, if it had a damaging video about John McCain or Sarah Palin, you could measure the release time in milliseconds.Â
UPDATE:Â Just a thought here, folks, but perhaps everybody is appealing for that Khalidi video in the wrong place. The Los Angeles Times staff won’t easily release that video because of their obvious bias. However, the person who actually owns the LA Times is Sam Zell. I don’t know Zell’s politics but I do know he definitely doesn’t want to lose readers. An appeal should be made for that video directly to Sam Zell. If Zell orders the Times to post that video on its website, the hits to that newspaper would reach an all-time high. If they don’t then the Times will continue to bleed readers. Sam Zell: that is the person to contact. The e-mail addy I posted earlier didn’t work. However I did fax him successfully at the L.A. Times. The fax # is:Â 213-237-3535.Â I sent it for free fromÂ a free fax site:Â FAX ZERO.
McCain camp demands L.A. Times release video
John McCain’s campaign is demanding that the Los Angeles Times release a video of a party for a prominent Palestinian activist that Barack Obama attended in 2003.
The Times described the going-away party for former University of Chicago professor, and Obama friend, Rashid Khalidi, inÂ a story in April. The story reported that Palestinians thought they might have a friend in Obama because of his friendships in that community, despite the fact that his positions have never been particularly pro-Palestinian.
“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 Obama’s friendship with Khalidi, who is now a professor at Columbia University.
He said the video could, among other things, show how Obama responded to a poem recited at the party accusing Israel of “terrorism” and warning of consequences for U.S. support for Israel, which Goldfarb described as “hate speech.”
“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 jobÂ â€” make information public,” he said.
The campaign hadn’t previously demanded the video, though conservative bloggers have, and neither other reporters nor McCain’s researchers have been able to dig up a copy.
Khalidi is a controversial figure, reviled by pro-Israel activists, though not a marginal one. A former professor at the University of Chicago, he’s now Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia, and respected by many in academia. He’s been criticized most for saying that Palestinians have a right to resist Israeli occupation and has been described as a former P.L.O. spokesman, a label he has denied.
The paper hasn’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 oppositeÂ â€” the L.A. Times brought the matter to light,” wrote the readers’ representative, Jamie Gold.
L.A. Times spokeswoman Nancy Sullivan wouldn’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 yesÂ â€” Politico and most news outlets constantly make available videos and documents, after describing them in part, which is why the Times’ decision not to release the video is puzzling. My instinct, and many reporters’, is to share as much source material as possible.
Critics have suggested that the Times is witholding the video for political reasons, but there are other possibilities: competitive reasons, or simply out of tradition. In the mechanics of reporting, there’s another possibility as well. The video may have been given to the paper on the condition it not be released, or releasing it could compromise its source.Â
But the Times hasn’t explained the move, and the McCain campaign is turning up the heat on a story that, whether or not the tape is released, is a reminder that some of Obama’s Hyde Park friends stand well to the left of his stated positions.