The refusal of the Los Angeles Times to release a 2003 videotape showing Barack Obama lavishing praise on a former PLO operative and supporter of Palestinian terrorism against Israel is showing not just traditional media bias, but has crossed the line into activism.
Rashid Khalidi was first discussed here at America’s Right on May 31, 2008. There, and many times since, Khalidi has been identified as a long-time, close friend of Barack Obama’s. The two met when Khalidi was teaching Middle East Studies at the University of Chicago; the videotape being intentionally suppressed by the Los Angeles Times is from a dinner party, a going-away event, when Khalidi made his way from the University of Chicago to Columbia University, where he still teaches today.
Also present at the event? Unrepentent domestic terrorist William Ayers and equally disturbed wife Bernardine Dohrn. Ayers, Obama and Khalidi all served on the board of the non-profit Woods Fund which, in the two-year span while Obama served, funneled $200,000 or so to Ayers’ leftist educational programs and an additional $75,000 to the Arab-American Action Network, an organization founded by Khalidi and his wife, Mona, and notoriously supportive of Palestinian terror. Furthermore, Mona Khalidi served as a prominent English-language translator for the late Fatah founder and PLO leader Yasser Arafat.
Rashid and Mona Khalidi are said to have been frequent dinner companions of Barack and Michelle Obama, and have reportedly even baby-sat their children. The Khalidis threw successful fundraisers for Obama as well, and like William Ayers helped to launch his political career.
Now, there is videotape of the Illinois senator breaking bread with domestic and foreign terrorists and terrorist sympathizers, lavishing praise on one of them, and a major American newspaper refuses to release it. They’re protecting him, just like they’ve protected him from the start.
When Trent Lott made an unfortunate joke at Strom Thurmond’s birthday party, he was run out of town and ruined by the media. If tape of John McCain at some David Duke event surfaced, it would be given its own little box on MSNBC so it could be shown in a loop right next to Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow. If it were John McCain and not Barack Obama on this tape, not only would it run everywhere, but it would be an instant disqualifier — just like any evidence of an association with people like Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Fr. Michael Pfleger, Tony Rezko, Ayers, Dohrn, Khalid al-Mansour and more would be an instant disqualifier for a GOP candidate as well. Now, there is videotaped evidence–only five years old, no less–that Obama, the man who would like the highest security clearance in all the land, is once again heaping praise on a terrorist, and the media refuses to cover it.
The mainstream media has been nothing short of disgusting during this election cycle. I can only imagine that they believe that leftist free speech will somehow be safe. What terrifies me is how the media’s willingness to protect their Chosen One would translate into transparency–or lack thereof–should Obama be elected to the presidency.
Yes, I know that African Press International is once again trying to stir the pot by stating that the notorious Michelle Obama tapes will be released by Fox News within the next few days. Yes, I know that Bill O’Reilly claims to have “big news” this week. No, I do not know if the two are related, but I suspect not.
Please note that I still do not believe that the Michelle Obama tapes really exist. It just doesn’t make sense, any of it. That being said, I would happily–HAPPILY!!–admit that I am wrong once I, and the rest of the American public, hear otherwise. If I am wrong, professionalism be damned, I will post a goofy picture of myself, grinning from ear to ear, and admitting my error.
And that’s all I have to say about that. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to bed. I cannot remember the last time I went to sleep before 1:30 a.m!