If you think that the Los Angeles Times is engaging in protecting the integrity of a source in reference to a video tape that the "newspaper" will not release, you would be wrong.
There is a video tape that The Times will not release showing then little-known Illinois Democrat state senator, Barack Obama, at a rousing going away party for Rashid Khalidi, a man with very close ties to the PLO during the height of its reign of terror before the Palestinian Authority was established.
But, when it comes to a Republican, in this case, Gov. Benedict Arnold Schwarzenegger, thinking he was in a private conversation, the "newspaper" had no problem writing about it and releasing the audio tape.
Oh, and the same "newspaper" also wrote extensively about Gov. Benedict Arnold allegedly sexually harassing a co-worker on a movie before he entered politics.
So, again, I urge you to either e-mail the Los Angeles Times or call their toll-free number to urge them to release the video tape and let us judge for ourselves.
One more thing.
Read this from a former Los Angeles Times staff writer, Evan Maxwell. The following last two paragraphs are what makes what Mr. Maxwell wrote compelling:
I am not inured to the nuance of the practice of journalism. But even in the good old days of the last century, reporters who came into possession of confidential material from a source usually were smart enough not to admit in print that they possess the material. The moment a journalist says he is using a secret report to validate his work, and then refuses to reveal the full contents of the report, he is guilty of the kind of conduct that deservedly brought Sen. Joseph McCarthy to disgrace.
You let the cat’s tail out of the bag and you admitted you still possess that bag. Now I think you have no choice but to show us the rest of the animal so we can see it for ourselves. We are, after all, big boys and girls out here now. Hell, they even let us cast our votes. So help us to do that.
So, what Mr. Maxwell is saying is simple. The Times screwed up in the first place and now must find a way to release what is on that video tape in detail.
With that in mind, here is the contact information:
Toll-free phone number: 877-544-4000