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Is the Los Angeles Times witholding informative evidence from public regarding Obama and his connection to Rashid Khalidi?

The Los Angeles Times newspaper is withholding informative evidence from the public in regards to a video tape they have of Obama being at a gathering with the former PLO operative Rashid Khalidi (who is also a friend of Bill Ayers)....should this video be made public and why?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 11:46 PM on Oct. 28, 2008 in Politics & Current Events

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  • if no one has seen it how do you know it exists?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:46 PM on Oct. 28, 2008

  • The latest guilt-by-association target that the McCain campaign is using to hit Barack Obama could carry some collateral damage for its own candidate.

    As Politico's Ben Smith reported on Tuesday, the McCain campaign is demanding that the Los Angeles Times release video in its possession of a party attended by Barack Obama and Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi.

    "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.
    The McCain camp gambit comes after conservative writers have repeatedly pressed for media outlets to write about the rather tenuous connections between Obama and Khalidi, an outspoken advocate for Palestinian rights.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:48 PM on Oct. 28, 2008

  • Specifically, National Review writers want much more attention paid to the association, given that the LA Times has reported that Khalidi lavished praise on Obama at a farewell party in Chicago at which Bill Ayers was also present. (Other writers have accused Khalidi of being an aide to Yasser Arafat, a claim which Marc Ambinder and Ari Berman have suggested is not credible.)

    In regards to Khalidi, however, the guilt-by-association game burns John McCain as well.

    During the 1990s, while he served as chairman of the International Republican Institute (IRI), McCain distributed several grants to the Palestinian research center co-founded by Khalidi, including one worth half a million dollars.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:49 PM on Oct. 28, 2008

  • A 1998 tax filing for the McCain-led group shows a $448,873 grant to Khalidi's Center for Palestine Research and Studies for work in the West Bank. (See grant number 5180, "West Bank: CPRS" on page 14 of this PDF.)

    The relationship extends back as far as 1993, when John McCain joined IRI as chairman in January. Foreign Affairs noted in September of that year that IRI had helped fund several extensive studies in Palestine run by Khalidi's group, including over 30 public opinion polls and a study of "sociopolitical attitudes."

    Of course, there's seemingly nothing objectionable with McCain's organization helping a Palestinian group conduct research in the West Bank or Gaza. But it does suggest that McCain could have some of his own explaining to do as he tries to make hay out of Khalidi's ties to Obama.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:49 PM on Oct. 28, 2008

  • First of all, if they were "withholding evidence" there would be alot of arrests because that's a crime. Second of all, exactly what crime was committed for there to be "evidence" to withhold? Evidence of what? Just more scare tactics from the republicans to try and make people think bad of Barack. Look, those who are going to vote for Obama are going to no matter what, and those who are going to vote McCain will do that no matter what!!!!! You're not going to conveince anyone to change their mind! GET OVER IT!!!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:53 PM on Oct. 28, 2008

  • And your source is from where did you say?....If anything bad is found on McCain the media would have reported on it right?....and if there is nothing to hide as you infer about Obama and Khalidi then there should be no harm in releasing the video because otherwise it makes it all look too suspicious!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:54 PM on Oct. 28, 2008

  • They absolutely are. An article on this event was written in April. The even was videotaped.
    The LA Times is a news organization. They should absolutely disclose anything that is newsworthy.

    Obviously it is not a crime to associate with someone so there is no "withholding of evidence" but it would be politically embarassing to Obama and therefore they are withholding it from the public because they don't want it to hurt their man. That's shameful.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:41 AM on Oct. 29, 2008

  • Allies of Palestinians see a friend in Barack Obama
    By Peter Wallsten, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
    April 10, 2008
    CHICAGO -- 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.
    MojitoMama

    Answer by MojitoMama at 12:43 AM on Oct. 29, 2008

  • In regards to Khalidi, however, the guilt-by-association game burns John McCain as well. During the 1990s, while he served as chairman of the International Republican Institute (IRI), McCain distributed several grants to the Palestinian research center co-founded by Khalidi, including one worth half a million dollars. A 1998 tax filing for the McCain-led group shows a $448,873 grant to Khalidi's Center for Palestine Research and Studies for work in the West Bank. (See grant number 5180, "West Bank: CPRS" on page 14 of this PDF.) The relationship extends back as far as 1993, when John McCain joined IRI as chairman in January. Foreign Affairs noted in September of that year that IRI had helped fund several extensive studies in Palestine run by Khalidi's group, including over 30 public opinion polls and a study of "sociopolitical attitudes."

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:47 AM on Oct. 29, 2008

  • IRI maintains offices around the world and conducts programs in Afghanistan, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Burma, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, East Timor, Egypt, Estonia, Georgia, Guatemala, Haiti, Hungary, Indonesia, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyz Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somaliland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, Venezuela, West Bank and Gaza, and Zimbabwe.

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    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:55 AM on Oct. 29, 2008

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