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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Disgraceful Journalism on Spring Street?? It would not be the first time.........

Somewhere in the darken catacombs of the Los Angeles Times aka "THE OLD GRAY HAG ON SPRING STREET" is a video that could change the outcome of American History.

The Times is embroil in a controversy over journalistic ethics regarding their decision to embargo the release of a video of a 2003 banquet where then-state Sen. Barack Obama spoke of his friendship with Rashid Khalidi, a leading Palestinian scholar and activist.

Now if one just got hit with a "flashback moment" then you are among the thousands of current or ex. Times readers who know all too well the proclivity of the "OLD GRAY HAG ON SPRING STREET" in trying to influence elections, municipal, state, and nation.

For us objective observers of the "OLD GRAY HAG ON SPRING STREET" we know all too well that the Times has over time has gone through various incarnations in their advocation, errr, objective reporting on the "political rock star" of the moment.

For us in CD 14, who cannot forget the flirtation that was the early relationship between the "OLD GREY HAG" and that "Dreamin Latino Rock Star" Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa which was known as the "LA ANTONIA TIMES ERA".

The "OLD GRAY HAG" knew no shame nor let journalistic ethics (mixed in with Parke Skelton's Talking Points) get in the way of promoting their "Savior of Los Angeles".

Nick Pacheco, Mothers of East LA, and James Hahn were mere "speed bumps of hatchet job journalism" in the Times quest to install their "political flavor of the moment" within his current office on the third floor in City Hall.

The Times even had the audacity to try making the formerly rotund Cruz Bustamante into Governor Bustamante by crafting news mixed with faulting polling, and holding, then dumping damaging information on Arnold Schwartzenegger on the Thursday before the Recall Election for Governor.

Geez what could of been the "BUDDHA BUSTAMANTE TIMES ERA" came to not.

Now with the ire of talk radio and the conservative bloggersphere focus on the Times latest attempt to advance their news room/editorial board agenda. The question will be how the Times will survive their latest incarnation as the "LA OBAMA TIMES".

Your thoughts............

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Blogger Spencer Martin said:

You are so out of line with this post. The LA Times published the story. They are not journalistically required to release the source tapes showing Obama making anti-Israel comments. It is relevant, but the Times HAS told the story.

Then again, if they don't, the Times is leaving a big matzo ball hanging out there; a white elephant in the room that no one is talking about, even though everyone sees it.

October 29, 2008 10:43 AM  

Blogger Heather said:

Gee, obviously a Republican. They have stuff on McCain with the Palistinans they're speaking of as well but no one is crying about that. Stop whining and go get some votes for your people.

October 29, 2008 2:44 PM  

Blogger Anonymous said:


Is your interest, and McCain's interest in this video just simply good journalism and being able to spread the truth? Or is it possible that the video would be used to create the impression that all Palestinians, just like all Arabs and Muslims, are bad people?

The McCain camp seems to need help when it comes to research their own candidate:


The Huffington Post reports that during the 1990s, while he served as chairman of the International Republican Institute (IRI), McCain distributed several grants to the Palestinian research center co-founded by Khalidi, including one worth half a million dollars.

A 1998 tax filing for the McCain-led group shows a $448,873 grant to Khalidi's Center for Palestine Research and Studies for work in the West Bank.

The relationship extends back as far as 1993, when John McCain joined IRI as chairman in January. Foreign Affairs noted in September of that year that IRI had helped fund several extensive studies in Palestine run by Khalidi's group, including over 30 public opinion polls and a study of "sociopolitical attitudes."

October 29, 2008 2:57 PM  

Blogger Heather said:

Campaign donor's giving raises questions
Little known about man who has sent thousands to GOP
By Andrew Zajac, Ray Gibson and Bob Secter | Tribune reporters
October 29, 2008
Illinois this election cycle, no one not running for office himself has given more to the nation's federal campaigns than Shi Sheng Hao of Roselle, a virtual unknown in business and political circles.

Before September 2007, Hao's name had never appeared in the 15-year-old federal database of campaign contributors. Since then, however, his donations have topped $120,000 — including $70,100 on a single June day to Republican presidential candidate John McCain.

Over the same time frame, a network of Hao relatives has kicked in more. The take from this group over the last 13 months exceeds $269,000, a small amount to Democrats but most of it to McCain and the Republican National Committee, records show.

Hao didn't register to vote at the northwest suburban address attached to his donations until October 2007, a month after he wrote his first political check, $25,000 to the RNC.

October 29, 2008 3:11 PM  

Blogger Don Culo said:

Joe the SixPack Challenges takes on Joe The Plumber.


October 29, 2008 4:05 PM  

Blogger Anonymous said:

From CNN today:

Obama campaign tightens reins on Biden. He sticks to script today. "We have always been aware that Joe is gaffe prone, but we'll take the bad with the good," said an Obama spokesperson.

Palin also stayed on script today to the delight of McCain's people, and to those who feel that she has "gone rogue" and is trying to position herself for 2012. CNN also reports that she was displeased with her rollout.

CNN has Obama at 286 electoral votes, 14 more than needed. They're giving him Colorado (+8%), and Virginia (+9%). They say that Obama leads in Florida by 4%, and that Missouri is a virtual tie. They note that McCain's lead in Georgia has shrunk to 5%.

CNN says the McCain campaign says they must have Virginia to win. CNN cites the Obama surge to his increased strength in the suburbs where more and more people are losing confidence in Palin's ability to handle the job.

October 29, 2008 5:36 PM  

Blogger Anonymous said:

In the New York Times Nicholas Kristof reasons that Al Qaeda would favor John McCain.

He says, an American president who keeps troops in Iraq indefinitely, fulminates about Islamic terrorism, inclines toward military solutions and antagonizes other nations is an excellent recruiting tool. In contrast, an African-American president with a Muslim grandfather and a penchant for building bridges rather than blowing them up would give Al Qaeda recruiters fits.

October 29, 2008 5:53 PM  

Blogger Anonymous said:

What's going on here?

The Rasmussen poll, which gave McCain a 22 point lead in his home state of Arizona, now says his lead is down to 5%.

October 29, 2008 6:06 PM  

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