Wednesday, October 29, 2008

LA Times is an organization of integrity...

McCain campaign accuses L.A. Times of 'suppressing' Obama video - Los Angeles Times

The LA Times has refused to make public a video of Obama at a function praising Rhashid Khalidi. Their rationale according to this story, is the commitment it made to the source to keep it in confidence. Sounds good right? What a strong, committed, values based newspaper.

My question is this: Why accept the video, if it cannot be used? What purpose does it serve? Just puts the paper in a potentially compromised position. I wouldn't take it, unless I intended to make the decision after viewing it, and it really wasn't a question of a commitment to confidence.

Would the LA Times make a similar decision if soldiers lives were at stake and a story needed to be suppressed? What do you think?

The Times is in the tank for Obama just like 95% of the rest of the MSM. I hope I'm wrong, but I've seen no reason to believe otherwise.

The matter could actually hurt Obama, because the imagination of the public is likely to be much worse than the real tape. If it's so bad it cannot be released, it must be REALLY bad!

I'd like the LA Times to use the same sort of discretion that it would with matters of national security and release the tape. It's not like we really believe it's such a high integrity journalistic source anyway. Their credibility is shattered by their reporting everyday.


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