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FOX Friends still whining over LA Times tape - journalistic ethics a foreign concept to them

Reported by Chrish - October 30, 2008 -

Despite yesterday's revelations that John McCain was directly responsible for granting some $800,000 to an organization headed by Rashid Khalidi, FOX and Friends this morning 10/30/08 continued to harp on the LA Times' refusal to release videotape, per an agreement with the source, from a banquet in 2003 honoring the professor and attended by Barack Obama. The Times has already published an extensive article derived from the tape which details Obama's relationship with Khalidi and his tolerance of his pro-Palestinian views.

There were at least six segments about the faux controversey in the two hours of F&F I scanned, including discussions with smear-machine Dick Morris, Joe (wink, wink) the Plumber (wink, wink), Andrew McCarthy of National Review, Michael Barone, Michael Reagan vs. Kirsten Powers, and I caught another at the beginning of America's Newsroom. Note that all the guests with the exception of Kirsten Powers were from the right, and you know how she is - a common-ground liberal of little effect when she's up "against" the right.

The Friends showed a statement from the Obama campaign that read

"Barack Obama has been clear and consistent on his support for Israel, and has been clear that Rashid Khalidi is not an adviser to him or his campaign and that he does not shre Khalidid's views."
'But that could be up for debate," added Gretchen Carlson, sowing doubt and potentially (teehee) calling Obama and his spokesman liars, and counting on illliterate F&F zombies not likely to go research Obama's positions themselves.

The whole purpose of this repetitious haranguing is to tarnish Obama in Jewish voters' eyes by insinuating that since he has been in the company of people with anti-Israeli views, and has tolerance for hearing these views, he must secretly be anti-Israel himself. But, according to the LA Times article,

"His many talks with the Khalidis, Obama said, had been "consistent reminders to me of my own blind spots and my own biases. . . . It's for that reason that I'm hoping that, for many years to come, we continue that conversation -- a conversation that is necessary not just around Mona and Rashid's dinner table," but around "this entire world." [snip]

"Aides say that Obama's friendships with Palestinian Americans reflect only his ability to interact with a wide diversity of people, and that his views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have been consistent. Obama has called himself a "stalwart" supporter of the Jewish state and its security needs. He believes in an eventual two-state solution in which Jewish and Palestinian nations exist in peace, which is consistent with current U.S. policy.

Obama also calls for the U.S. to talk to such declared enemies as Iran, Syria and Cuba. But he argues that the Palestinian militant organization Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, is an exception, calling it a terrorist group that should renounce violence and recognize Israel's right to exist before dialogue begins. That viewpoint, which also matches current U.S. policy, clashes with that of many Palestinian advocates who urge the United States and Israel to treat Hamas as a partner in negotiations.

"Barack's belief is that it's important to understand other points of view, even if you can't agree with them," said his longtime political strategist, David Axelrod."


FOX Friends invited viewers to "imagine if" there was such a tape of John McCain attending a dinner with David Duke, and video was shown of that candidate saying "Suppose that there had been a tape of me and some neo-fascist outfit. Do you think that the American people or the media are going to stand still for that tape not being revealed?"

Well since we're playing "Imaginiff," here are some points to ponder*:

What if the Obamas had paraded five children across the stage, including a three month old infant and an unwed, pregnant teenage daughter?

What if John McCain was a former president of the Harvard Law Review?

What if Barack Obama finished fifth from the bottom of his graduating class?

What if McCain had only married once, and Obama was a divorcee?

What if Obama was the candidate who left his first wife after a severe disfiguring car accident, when she no longer measured up to his standards?

What if Obama had met his second wife in a bar and had a long affair while he was still married?

What if Michelle Obama was the wife who not only became addicted to pain killers but also acquired them illegally through her charitable organization?

What if Cindy McCain graduated from Harvard?

What if Obama had been a member of the Keating Five?

What if McCain was a charismatic, eloquent speaker?

What if Obama couldn't read from a teleprompter?

What if Obama was the one who had military experience that included discipline problems and a record of crashing multiple** planes?

What if Obama was the one who was known to display publicly, on numerous occasions, a serious anger management problem?

What if Michelle Obama's family had made their money from beer distribution?

And as long as we're thinking along these comparison/contrast lines, there's this:

Barack Obama: Columbia University 1983 - B.A. Political Science with a Specialization in International Relations; Harvard University 1991 - Juris Doctor (J.D.) Magna Cum Laude Joseph Biden: University of Delaware 1965 - B.A. in History and B.A. in Political Science. Syracuse University College of Law 1968 - Juris Doctor (J.D.) vs. John McCain: United States Naval Academy 1958 - Class rank: 894 of 899 Sarah Palin: Hawaii Pacific University 1982 - 1 semester North Idaho College - 2 semesters - general study University of Idaho - 2 semesters - journalism Matanuska-Susitna College - 1 semester University of Idaho - 3 semesters 1987 - B.A. in Journalism

*These questions are posed in an email I've seen.

** I've read anywhere from three to five planes crashed by McCain. I'm enjoying the irony of linking to the LA Times as the source.