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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Share your ideas for breaking the LA Times' stonewall on the Obama/Khalidi Tape

My blogospheric friend Roger L. Simon at Pajamas Media is soliciting reader ideas on how to get the Los Angeles Times to release a 2003 videotape of Rashid Khalidi and Barack Obama that may — there are sound reasons to believe — be very illuminating on Obama's basic attitudes and prejudices when it comes to Israel and its position in the Middle East. The LAT successfully stone-walled all requests for access to the tape before the 2008 election — I wrote about the issue here on November 8, 2008 — but I agree with Roger that this effort is worth reviving in light of The One's weird and hostile behavior toward Israel. 

I've left my own ideas starting at comment 77 and continuing intermittently through comment 82. But I encourage you to contribute your own ideas, and at a minimum, to read Roger's post so you'll be aware of this issue for future reference.

Posted by Beldar at 03:34 PM in Current Affairs, Global War on Terror, Mainstream Media, Obama | Permalink


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(1) stan made the following comment | Apr 22, 2010 6:20:52 PM | Permalink

Talk it up with everyone you know. Get the WSJ opinion page to write a story. Same for the NY Post, Wash Examiner, PJTV, Rush, Hannity, Beck, and every web site you read.

Just keep hammering the public's right to know. Make it a mantra. The public has a right to know.

(2) Gregory Koster made the following comment | Apr 24, 2010 12:15:15 AM | Permalink

Dear Stan: Trouble is, the TIMES will a) ignore said protests. If that isn't enough b) "Whaddaya gonna do about it, sucker?" This leads us to c) find a disgruntled staffer, and offer them dough for a bootleg copy of the tape. With all the layoffs these days, there's likely to be plenty disgruntleds who would grab at dough. Not to worry about the howling the COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW would do should this happend. Direct them to pp. 35-36 of ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN, showing Woodward and Bernstein using "contacts" inside telephone companies to release private information to advance their Watergate investigation. For all the preening the press does about its sacred duty, the ethical standard of journalists and journalism is wretchedly low. Woodward & Bernstein epitomize the amoral, get-em-so's-you-can-rise-and-get-a-book-deal ethos of the press just as Susan Roesgen epitomizes the liberal bigotry.

Nope, the press, whiole pure lard on the inside, has 24 inches of armor plate in front. Spy tactics, the sort W&B used in Watergate, are the only thing that's likely to work.

Sincerely yours,
Gregory Koster

(3) dmoss made the following comment | Apr 25, 2010 6:40:14 AM | Permalink

As long as you're targeting the Times, the individuals who get to make the decision can sit on the tape. They know the scandal can be waited out just like it was during the campaign. They know they and their compatriots in the legacy media will unsure that the story never gets further than the right leaning blogs.

Take one of their own rules and personalize it; make this about the people who are denying this information to the public.

It probably won't be enough by itself, but pressure on individuals will actually be felt by those individuals. Pressure directed at the publication allows them to maintain an internal separation between the issue and themselves and compartmentalize any negative feelings they experience as a result.

(4) Will made the following comment | Apr 25, 2010 7:21:06 AM | Permalink

Get some people to hold demonstration outside the NYT head office and invite Fox and the other news networks to cover it - might be worth a try?

(5) Joan of Argghh! made the following comment | Apr 25, 2010 7:26:40 AM | Permalink

I don't need the tape. You don't either. I think actions are speaking louder than words at this point and any conclusions we draw from the tape will only serve to further confirm what we've already witnessed.

The best way to get them to release it is to convince them how worthless it is and how little it adds to the debate.

While we are otherwise distracted by all this, Obama is working quite rapidly to shut down free speech on the Internet before November. I mean, wouldn't you be playing every re-direct card in your deck to keep the bloggers busy while you undercut their very freedom?

(6) Indigo made the following comment | Apr 25, 2010 7:39:21 AM | Permalink

Money talks and bull shi$ walks!

(7) Bill45 made the following comment | Apr 25, 2010 7:39:54 AM | Permalink

The tape is probably long gone but, in the off chance it is not, try mailing a copy of Simon's article to every rabbi at every temple in America. Let 'em preach about that.

(8) FiguredItOut made the following comment | Apr 25, 2010 7:55:15 AM | Permalink

Blitz the blogosphere with a fake story that is SO OUTRAGEOUS they will want to release the tape to prove it is not true.

(9) Judith L made the following comment | Apr 25, 2010 8:15:09 AM | Permalink

My suggestion on Roger's post was to take out an ad or ads in major newspapers demanding the release of the tapes. I'm sure the blogsphere community would contribute to the cost of the ads. Get as many prominent people as possible to sign the ad. Perhaps some disillusioned O voters.

(10) juandos made the following comment | Apr 25, 2010 8:45:50 AM | Permalink

Hire the ACORN clowns...

Those clowns will protest anything for a carton of butts and a six pack of beer...

(11) MeTooThen made the following comment | Apr 25, 2010 9:19:51 AM | Permalink


The purported tape has long ago been sent down the memory hole.

This is the rule and not exception in the complex and deceitful relationship the legacy media has with the citizenry, whom I might add, it purports to serve.

In this sordid and sorry example, there was and remains a clear and unequivocal bias towards shaping the "narrative" of a candidate for the most powerful elected position on the world on the basis of ideology and an almost religious devotion to the candidate and his election.

The exhausted but still true, "What if this had been...?" questioning of hypocrisy no longer has any traction or value.

There is no advantage for Mr. Obama to release the tape, therefore, it will not be released or it already has been destroyed.

So too, his Columbia transcripts, LSAT grades, proof of financing his education, Harvard transcripts, writer's proofs of DFMF, etc.

Again, and again, and again, that Mr. Obama's and his party's pledge toward transparency (reform negotiations on CNN, the Black Panther case, The Fort Hood investigations, absence of pool reporters and photographers in meetings with other heads of state) has proven without any doubt to be false.

Whereas this false claim has been proven to be the most obvious lie of the election platform, even still, it is not even close to being the most damaging aspect or negative precedent of this administration.

(12) Parad E. Makewater made the following comment | Apr 25, 2010 10:02:01 AM | Permalink

Oh, I'm sure this tape is safely ensconced somewhere in the bowels of the LA Times. What better, uhh, leverage to have if things get fiscally even worse for the paper and they need some, umm, help from Uncle Sam?

(13) JSmitan made the following comment | Apr 25, 2010 11:20:42 AM | Permalink

The L.A. Times (and the bulk of the MSM) has declared the tape itself "un-newsworthy." So to get any sort of widespread coverage you'll need to make the "coverup" the story, instead. I posted some thoughts on Mr. Simon's site regarding how to achieve that. Regardless of which tactic or strategy employed, the only way to keep the ball rolling, ultimately, is to keep the ball rolling...

(14) NukemHill made the following comment | Apr 25, 2010 1:02:59 PM | Permalink

Nuke'm from space. It's the only way to be sure!

(15) jensad made the following comment | Apr 25, 2010 1:15:21 PM | Permalink

It is unfortunate that the"press" cannot provide equal protection to all by being unbias to the political wimps that are called senators, president, and representatives.

Hire two cat burglars who can break in and steal the "secret" information. Then get it on a video web site (s) and then post it anonymously.


(16) Kevin made the following comment | Apr 25, 2010 1:27:56 PM | Permalink

Wait 10 months, then have the new Congress subpoena it. It will be more use in 2012 anyway.

(17) Tom of the Missouri made the following comment | Apr 25, 2010 1:31:34 PM | Permalink

Doesn't billionare Sam Zell still own the Tribune Co, owner of the LA Times? Isn't Sam Zell Jewish, hopefully a supporter of Israel. I would suggest that the people urge the Jewish Community, who is finally waking up and becoming more aware daily what The One is really all about put pressure on Sam Zell to tell his underlings to release the video in the pursuit of finding out the truth.

Alternatively, I would suggest that Roger Simon send some of his PJ Media reporters after Sam Zell to ask him on camera why the LA Times does not release the news.

(18) My 10/30/08 plan made the following comment | Apr 25, 2010 2:26:27 PM | Permalink

I already posted how to get the tape, way way back on October 30, 2008. Malkin briefly linked to it, but no one else did. Instead, others thought the best way to get the tape would be to conduct loopy street protests in front of the LAT building, with their employees smirking at the losers on the sidewalk below. It's all a bit Darwinistic.

(19) cmac made the following comment | Apr 25, 2010 4:45:08 PM | Permalink

Take up a collection and offer a reward. Better yet, sick the tabloids on it. They'll get a copy of the tape, and they've got the cash to do it. Whoever gave the tape to the LA times has another...and everyone has their price. :)

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