October 29, 2008
~ Oh, you'll never hear one of us repeating gossip / So you better be sure to listen close the first time! ~
Posted by scott at October 29, 2008 12:41 PM
If the latest rumors have any substance, the LA Times is sitting on a bombshell. Yeah, I agree, video of Obama actually saying, "Israel has no God-given right to occupy Palestine" and that there's been "genocide against the Palestinian people by Israelis" might just be a wee bit controversial.
That the LA Times would sit on something that explosive until after the election is unconscionable but not surprising. I wonder if it's even legal?
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I'm sure that this is going to be 2008's "Swift Boat"; a devastating and entirely-true attack that gets ignored completely by the target, until they can come up with a vaguely-plausible explanation for why it's all bullshit. And, of course, thousands of useful idiots will immediately latch onto that explanation; because they desparately Want To Believe.
Apparently they've said they aren't releasing it for ethical reasons? I'm not sure what that could be since, in general, they'll release anything else. Hell - consider the VaTech shooter stuff.
I don't know that it'd be criminal to sit on it, though. What's surprising is how did they get said thing? And why would someone give it to them if they thought it would be released? Why not just hold onto it?
While briefly checking out the news headlines on CNN, they actually MENTIONED this...which, amid all of the Obama ass-kissing they've been doing, comes as a mild surprise!
Oh, they'll eventually do a story on it; just like they eventually did a story on Jeremiah Wright, and eventually did a story on Bill Ayers, and eventually did a story on ACORN. They just have to get the Obama campaign's go-ahead; give the campaign time to formulate its position statement (and suggest an appropriate "interpretation" to the networks.)
Compare this to the treatment of McCain/Palin, where vicious libel is treated as the bare truth and spread as quickly as possible.