Khalidi tape roundup: The tape the LAT won’t release

This is the final weekend before the Presidential election, and the media is intent in hiding any information that might hurt the chances of Obama becoming President of the United States. All day today I’ll be doing a roundup of stories on the LA Times’ decision not to release the tape, or the transcript of the dinner where Barack Obama, Bernardine Dorn, William Ayers and others celebrated of Rashid Khalidi — former mouthpiece for PLO master-terrorist Yasser Arafat – and his new job, the Edward Said chair at Columbia University.

Let’s start with Andrew McCarthy’s The Los Angeles Times’s Strange Notion of Journalistic Ethics
Give us the tape … or at least a transcript of Obama’s radical shindig.

The full story couldn’t be more relevant. Barack Obama says he is a staunch supporter of Israel. The importance of the Khalidi festivities isn’t simply that Obama lavished praise on a man who was an Arafat apologist — although that is troubling in itself. What also matters is that many speakers (no doubt including Obama’s good friend Khalidi himself) said extremely provocative things about Israel and American policy.

Hugh Hewitt’s The Tightening Race And The Wreck Of The Los Angeles Times

Which brings us to the Khalidi-Obama tape and the decision of the Los Angeles Times to suppress it. This is an astonishing moment in the history of journalism. In the last presidential campaign, an arm of MSM attempted to influence the race by inventing a major story. This time, a different arm is influencing the race by censoring the news.

Victor Davis Hanson: The End of Journalism
Sometime in 2008, journalism as we knew it died, and advocacy media took its place.

Roger Kimball: Write the LA Times. The public has a right to know!

Protest at the L.A. Times: Free the tape!

NYT Identified Obama’s Pal Khalidi As Director of Palestinian Press Agency- Wafa

This Is the Khalidi Obama Embraced

Martin Kramer on Rashid Khalidi and Barack Obama – Kindred Spirits

LAT Cooks Up Third New Story in a Week: Now Releasing the Tape May “Put the Source in Jeopardy”

Video, via LGF Linkreader, video Rashid Khalidi – Palestine: 40 Years of Occupation, 60 Years of Dispossession; Rashid Khalidi and the PLO; Khalidi of the PLO

Rashid Khalidi was a LOT more than just a PLO “spokesman”

I’m Glad Joe Klein Could Do Research On Rashid Khalidi

Disclosure Double Standard

LA Times said leaks are important

From Irish Spy: LA Times suppresses tape possibly harmful to Obama
Why not just say “the dog ate it!”
Write the Los Angeles Times

Rewind No Evil, Replay No Evil, Reject No Evil

Obama’s Anti-Israel Islamic Pals
LA Times: In The Tank For Obama

Is LA Times secretly on McCain’s side?

Fox News Chases Down Rashid Khalidi

Rasmussen: Obama Up 4; Battleground: Obama Up 4: Will The Undecideds Help McCain Close This Gap?

On Rashid Khalidi, The New York Times Might Try Reading the New York Times

3:50PM Swimmin’ with the Sharks

Now We Know Why the LA Times isn’t Releasing the Obama – Khalidi Tape

If you post on this subject, please leave a link in the comments section and I’ll add it to this roundup. Thank you.

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6 Responses to “Khalidi tape roundup: The tape the LAT won’t release”

  1. Anthony (Los Angeles) Says:

    Hi Fausta,

    I have these posts:

  2. john jay Says:


    the media should no longer be regarded as sacrosanct.

    journalistic objectivity and integrity earned the media a “hands off” status, and kept the media largely immune from the rough and tumble of political practice, and, social upheaval and violence most of the 20th century.

    that was not always the case. newspaper editors of yore were no strangers to being ridden out of town on a rail, tarred and feathered, to watching their press rooms destroyed, and were even subject to murder and assassination. this was because in the 18th & 19th centuries newspapers and newspapermen were actively engaged in partisan politics, and enjoyed no immunity from its passions and violence, enjoyed no special status removed from the involvment of the rest of the community in those passions.

    the removal of the “profession” (i prefer trade, regarding the newspaper reporter as a stripe below a good auto mechanic, someone more akin to an “oil can henry’s” tech) from such violence was largely a product of the development of fair and objective reporting.

    there is no such thing anymore, at any level in the mass media.

    as a consequence, i think that you will find that institutions such as the los angeles times, the new york times, and the washington post, removed as they are from a detached and objective view of things, and a reportage derivitive of that stance, will find themselves under the sway of popular passion, no longer immune from the political fray. that is because, quite frankly, they have put themselves right back into by their partisanship, and by their attempt to impose a social agenda upon the populace.

    editors, reporters, pressmen and others, will taste again the sting of the riot, of arson fires, and an ocassional lynching. they will deserve it, in the sense, that they have immersed themselves once again in popular passion.

    we should get used to the notion.

    quite frankly, if and when the los angeles times releases the tape, and they will, right after the election, … , they will quite rightly become subject to a firestorm of passion, if the tape shows attitudes and speech by mr. obama which might have rightfully impacted the outcome of the election.

    the times will have no one to blame, save themselves. if you cannot stand the heat of the kitchen, you should stay out of the kitchen. the times has been cooking leftist socialism in their for so long, they have no claim to ignorance of this basic fact.

    john joseph jay
    milton freewater, oregon usa

  3. Carol Says:

    I wrote about those tapes just this morning:

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  5. Matt Says:

    The wait is over:

    the transcript:

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