L.A. Times: No Video For You; Come Back One Year! *UPDATED 4X*

The Los Angeles Times has told America that the future prosperity and security of our nation is of not their concern should a candidate with an extreme penchant for the worst friends an American could ask for with an even bigger fetish for policy that makes your existence a slave to the state become the next President.

Well, that’s not what they said. However, it is what I say with regards to the L.A. Times considering their sacred honor regarding source confidentiality is more important than their sacred honor to the public in journalistic integrity by vetting the candidates properly.

They write:

John McCain’s presidential campaign today accused the Los Angeles Times of “intentionally suppressing” a videotape it obtained of a 2003 banquet where then-state Sen. Barack Obama spoke of his friendship with Rashid Khalidi, a leading Palestinian scholar and activist. The Times first reported on the videotape in an April 2008 story about Obama’s ties with Palestinians and Jews as he navigated the politics of Chicago.

They confirm they do have the video but refuse to release it due to source confidentiality:

“The Los Angeles Times did not publish the videotape because it was provided to us by a confidential source who did so on the condition that we not release it,” said the newspaper’s editor, Russ Stanton. “The Times keeps its promises to sources.”

Well isn’t that just oozing sugary goodness and warm fuzzies, Russ. I’m glad you keep your promises to your sources but feel your promises to the readers are held in strikingly lower regard.

It’s quite possible that in a week the American electorate may be rather blindly led to the polls to elect a socialist revolutionary-in-waiting shrouded in his veil of journalistic protection by the media who refuses to execute even the most minute degree of investigative analysis.

Past 3 Months

Past 3 Months

I wonder if this total lack of intrinsic worth and talent at the L.A. Times has any correlation to this:

This is the Tribune Company’s share prices over the past three months. It is now down from $38 to around $25.50.

They recently cut 50 additional employees from the L.A. Times newsroom. Whoever is left is apparently dedicated to burying crucial information about their favorite presidential candidate.

You see, one of the things that made the L.A. Times special was that it never endorsed a presidential candidate, except twice. Richard Nixon’s re-election bid in 1972 was the first endorsement and we know how Nixon turned out. The only other endorsement came in 2008, in the 127th year of the paper, for Barack Obama.

I have a hunch he will turn out worse than Nixon and lack the humility to resign, but I digress.

2008 - Present

2008 - Present

The paper has been steadily declining since their 1999 highs in the $180s and finally went private in December 2007. Now it is struggling with plummeting circulation and a debt-laden balance sheet.

As you might guess, the quality of their journalism might indicate why circulation is so low. However, their investigative powers leave them to conclude their dismal situation is directly tied to the economy.

Someone, quick, get these folks a clue. It’s a shame to see all that newsprint wasted on garbage like this.

UPDATE: Politico’s Ben Smith plays the “I’m better than you!” saving face card. Via Hot Air: Politico: We would have released the Khalidi tape.

UPDATE: Malkin says there’s a reward of $25,000 for a copy of the tape; Ace (language warning) says he will setup escrow if need be. Even Newt is getting in on it.

UPDATE:  Too bad the apply the source confidentiality rule inconsistently, for example this report from back in 2006: Gov.’s Candid Moments Caught on Audiotape. This was the ultimate in fake controversies as everyone Arnold Schwarzenegger talked about said it was either true or wasn’t anything they wouldn’t say in front of each other.

UPDATE: Via RedState – We know now that the tape has Barack Obama condemning Israel. We know the tape also has Obama in the room with anti-American rhetoric spouted that he did not object to. And the Los Angeles Times will still not release the tape.


2 Responses

  1. What is the point of hinting at or admitting to having this video if you are not going to publish it or say where it came from. Further more why give to the LA Times and then say don’t publish it or disclose where it came from. What’s the point!!! It’s all a game!!!

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