It seems the bulk of media organizations will go to any lengths to keep information damaging to Barack Obama out of the public eye, even to the point of actively denying access to embarrassing footage, even as the Obama campaign clamps down hard on the occasional station that surprises someone on their side.
We saw early signs of the ruthlessness of the Obama campaign toward stations or papers that deviate from the prescribed code of conduct when a Chicago radio station had the temerity to have as a guest on one of its talk shows Stanley Kurtz, who had done tenacious work uncovering the true nature of Barack Obama’s connections to former Weatherman Bill Ayers. The station extended an invitation to the Obama campaign to send a representative (the station was five blocks away from the campaign headquarters). However, instead of accepting, the campaign used the invitation as advance warning to alert supporters to Kurtz’s presence on the show and urge them to flood the phone lines with abuse and harangues, making Q&A effectively impossible.
More recently, Sen. Joe Biden gave two interviews, one on Orlando TV station WFTV and the other on Philadelphia station CBS3. Neither one went well for Biden, as each interviewer showed rare bursts of aggressive questioning in the wake of Obama’s comments on redistributing wealth and Biden’s own comments about an impending crisis-testing of Obama within six months of his entering the White House. In retaliation, both stations have seen their access to the Obama campaign unceremoniously cut off, and more goon squads of the type summoned to swamp the Chicago radio station that hosted Stanley Kurtz descended upon these stations, burying them in avalanches of harassing and threatening emails. Liberal bloggers like Daily Kos (won’t dignify with a link…check at the above link to Mere Rhetoric) have taken up building a dossier on Barbara West, the offending anchor in Orlando.
And yet, in the face of such stormtrooper tactics and intimidation, some of the more egregious media organs actually take active steps to do the Obama squad’s dirty work for it. Peter Wallsten at the Los Angeles Times wrote an article last April about a tribute party Obama attended in 2003 for Rashid Khalidi, a former PLO operative and friend of Obama’s. (Yes, another terrorist friend.) According to witnesses, Rashidi and the other speakers spent much of their time bashing Jews and Israel, and Obama went so far as to say a special toast to the man. There is a videotape of the event in the Times’ possession, and many people, very anxious to know what is on it, have been trying for months to persuade them to release it. Their reaction, in short, has been a big middle finger; they will not release it for anyone.
This hardly bodes well for media prestige during a prospective Obama adminstration. No matter how many times Obama and Biden smack them around, these craven reporters will always come back for more. I mean, heaven forfend their golden boys should get really angry and abandon them.
UPDATE: Andrew McCarthy provides in-depth reporting and analysis on the Obama-Khalidi videotape, its contents, and why the Times is sitting on it.