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 McCain camp demands L.A. Times release video

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MessageSujet: McCain camp demands L.A. Times release video   Mar 28 Oct 2008 - 21:19

October 28, 2008
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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, in 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 job — 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 opposite — 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 yes — 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.

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.

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MessageSujet: Re: McCain camp demands L.A. Times release video   Mar 28 Oct 2008 - 23:00

If a palestinian professor were teaching at the university of Chicago while Obama was also a law professor there , and because he attended a farewell party for that professor that makes him a terrorist then the Universtioy of Chicago and Columbia Universtiy are two terrorist organisations ,according to John mac Cain's logic.

When the president of Iran spoke at Columbia Universty last year the people who attended that meeting are also terrorists?Is Hilary Clinton who embraced Arafat wife during a visit to Palestine also a terrorist?When a person who wants to be president of the United Sates tolerates these kind of non sense ,he or she shows really what is the level of his or her intelligence.No wonder why mac cain performed so poorly in the Naval Academy.Mac cain is not really intelligent as Barry Golwater described some Senators in Congress.Can one accuse John mac cain of being a felon because he is associated with J.Gordon Liddy?Is he a crook because he was reprimanded by the Senate for his association with Charles Keating?
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MessageSujet: Re: McCain camp demands L.A. Times release video   Mer 29 Oct 2008 - 7:17

Encore une fois, une tentative de rendre Obama coupable par association (guilt by association).

Sauf que cette fois-ci, McCain risque d'avoir quelques explications a fournir de son cote sur ce sujet.

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McCain Funded Work Of Palestinian His Campaign Hopes To Tie To Obama

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.

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.

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.

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/10/28/mccain-funded-work-of-pal_n_138606.html
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MessageSujet: Re: McCain camp demands L.A. Times release video   Mer 29 Oct 2008 - 9:12

These Mac Cain's accusations are pathetic and silly.Even if John Mac cain wins the election his mismanagement of the campaign diminishes his reputation forever.It will be a sad chapter in the U.S. history for such a mediocre politician to win an election where the american people have so many better candidates in both the Republican and the democratic parties.

It is legal in politic to assassinate the reputation of an adversary by all means necessary,but how can an honest citizen appreciate such evil tactics?Mac Cain lost the respect of many decent americans by using these "guilt by association" methods.I know everybody has the right to achieve self actualisation,but when in this process you resort to idyosincrasies like that you destroy yourself.
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