Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Headline News issues LA Times Khalidi Video non-release discussed

Headline News Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell

guests included Greg Palast, John Avlon and Republican spokeswoman Sharon Jacobus...

the trio discussed Sarah Palin's rally comments about the LA Times not releasing a 2003 tape... and more...

Read the entire portion of the transcript...

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October 29th, 2008 1:42 PM Eastern
Palin Links Obama to Khalidi, Calls on LA Times to Release Tape
by Shushannah Walshe

BOWLING GREEN, OH — At a rally at Bowling Green University, Sarah Palin launched into one of her most scathing attacks of the campaign questioning Barack Obama’s support of Israel by linking him to a Columbia University professor who also served as the spokesperson for the Palestinian Liberation Organization.

“Now interesting what we are finding out in the last couple days about this assortment of friends from Chicago that Barack–that Barack Obama has. In case you missed the latest item let me summarize.” Palin said, “It seems that there is yet another radical professor from the neighborhood who spent a lot of time with Barack Obama going back several years. This is important because his associate, Rashid Khalidi he in addition to being a political ally of Barack Obama he’s a former spokesperson for the Palestinian Liberation Organization.”

She then slammed the Los Angeles Times for refusing to release a tape that the newspaper’s editors say shows Obama praising Khalidi at a 2003 party. Khalidi has a history of expressing anti-Israel views. The newspaper reported on the banquet and Obama and Khalidi’s relationship in an article published six months ago. Palin then questioned what Obama may have said about Israel at the party directly questioning his support of the country.

“And the twist here is that there’s a videotape of a party for this person, back in 2003, a celebration of him, and Barack was there, and we know some very derogatory things were said there about Israel and America’s support for that great nation. And among other things, Israel was described there as the perpetrator of terrorism instead of the victim. What we don’t know, what we don’t know is how Barack Obama responded to these slurs on a country that he now professes to support, and the reason is the newspaper that has the tape, the Los Angeles Times, refuses to release it,” Palin said.

She then accused the L.A. Times of not releasing the tape because of a desire to protect the Democratic nominee and called on them to release the tapes stressing that “it’s not too late.”

Should the Los Angeles Times Reveal the Khalidi Videotape?

McCain Calls on LA Times to Release 2003 Khalidi Video
By Michael D. Shear
Sen. John McCain today compared the director of Columbia University's Middle East Institute to a "neo-Nazi" and called on the Los Angeles Times to release a video of a 2003 banquet at which Sen. Barack Obama talked about the professor, Rashid Khalidi, a leading Palestinian American scholar and friend of Obama's from Chicago.

"What if there was a tape with John McCain with a neo-Nazi outfit being held by some media outlet?" McCain asked in an interview with a Cuban radio station Wednesday morning. "I think the treatment of the issue would be slightly different."

McCain added another potentially explosive charge Wednesday morning to a growing flap over the release of the tape provided to the LA Times by a source on condition they not publish it, alleging that former 60s radical William Ayers had been at the banquet -- something that has not been reported by the Times.

"We should know about their relationship," McCain said, referring to Ayers. "Including, apparently, information that is held by the Los Angeles Times concerning an event that Mr. Ayers attended with a PLO spokesman. The Los Angeles Times refuses to make that videotape public."

Khalidi has denied having been a spokesman for the PLO.

A spokeswoman for McCain said the senator based his allegation about Ayers on another newspaper article -- a New York Sun report in 2005 that Ayers had been at the same banquet...

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