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Ear to the Ground

McCain, Palin Fume at Obama’s ‘Pet Newspaper’

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Posted on Oct 29, 2008
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While John McCain is still searching for a reason he should be president, he has a new reason Barack Obama shouldn’t be: The Illinois senator once had dinner with a Palestinian. Or, as McCain sees it, he attended a terrorist convention with a PLO spokesman and William Ayers.

Though most of that isn’t true, McCain and his running mate are miffed at the Los Angeles Times for not releasing a video of the dinner in question.

“It must be nice for a candidate to have major news organizations looking after his best interests like that,” said Sarah Palin, who has limited most of her interviews to the rugged journalists at Fox News and the chortlers of right-wing talk radio. “Maybe some politicians would love to have a pet newspaper of their very own.” Like the New York Post?


Los Angeles Times:

The video was mentioned in a Times story in April 2008 on Obama’s friendships with Palestinian Americans in Chicago. The story said that Obama attended a farewell dinner for the Palestinian scholar, at which some speakers spoke angrily of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians and of U.S. policy toward Israel. It said that Obama spoke warmly at the dinner of the scholar, Rashid Khalidi, but that his comments focused on finding common ground.

[...] “We should know about their relationship including, apparently, information that is held by the Los Angeles Times concerning an event that Mr. Ayers attended with a PLO spokesman,” McCain said. “The Los Angeles Times refuses to make that videotape public. I’m not in the business about talking about media bias, but what if there was a tape with John McCain with a neo-Nazi outfit being held by some media outlet? I think the treatment of the issue would be slightly different.”

The Times’ April story said that the 2003 dinner was videotaped and that it had obtained a copy. But the story did not say that Ayers attended the event. The story described Khalidi as someone who had spoken to reporters on behalf of the Palestine Liberation Organization in the 1970s, rather than as a PLO spokesman.

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By MCSwe, October 30, 2008 at 10:07 pm Link to this comment
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I think with this government now..both Republicans and Democrats that we are all blind. I think right now are government is so corrupt that we the people need to kick all of them out… get back to us running this government the way it was suppose to be. With men with integrity not hungry for money and power. The blind lead the blind and they all fall in the ditch. Both side think the other side is stupid and can’t see the truth… well, here we are blind. I guess that makes us all stupid.

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By rylly, October 30, 2008 at 5:49 pm Link to this comment

Palin isn’t accustomed to not getting any bang for her verbal buck.  Everything she is trotting out, even with added theatrics and emphatic arm waving, isn’t making the LA Times quake in their storage booth.
All the terrorist Ayers work she did fell flat.
She entered the race being the only person who did not know WHO Obama was, but slandered and slimed him nonetheless.  She had a job to do, assured her handlers that you betcha she could do it, and then fell smack on her face, lipstick all over the pavement.
This will be her first big time defeat and she will not take this lying down.
But she is already in bed with the worst, so lying down is immaterial.
Alaska will melt from her steam when she gets home.
Nobody will be safe.

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By P. T., October 30, 2008 at 11:14 am Link to this comment

During the 1990s, John McCain chaired the International Republican Institute when it gave several grants to Rashid Khalidi’s Center for Palestine Research and Studies.

McCain is such a hypocrite.

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By Purple Girl, October 30, 2008 at 7:25 am Link to this comment

Let’s see now
John was attached to an ‘Anti Communist’ Group which funded AQ in the’80s
His advisor was alobbist for Saddam
His Economic advisor was the architect to the Economic meltdown caused by deregulation in the Stock market-whos wife was also associated with the Enron debackle
HE actually gave about a 1/2 million to this PLO advocates Research project ( Not really upset since I am an advocate for a 2 state solution- but since McCain has made this an issue, it too can be hung around his neck)
Then add his LIE about the Anthrax which catapulted US into an illegal invasion and still cost US 10 Billion a month. May have been a ‘surge ’ in iraq, but it was a PURGE here.Frankly ‘his’ Surge was nothing more than trying to rectify the fuck up of NOT following the Powell doctrine to begin with…Day late Billions short! probably a known fatal error So Powell Wrote Up a doctrine to avoid it…So it has been proven a failure since a new stradegy was deveolped to combat the problems of ‘Trickle In’ Military missions.DUH!
His VP choice is not only Inexperienced, she is a member of a Separatist group which Hates the US Gov’t (Like McVey), a member of a Church that glorifies Armegeddon and thinks Alaska will be the Refuge(Like Manson)AND has an Unyeilding, Uncompromising Anti Choice stance which leaves no room for negotiations (Like Randolf and the other ‘Prolife Terrorists)
Who the fuck is this Guy…Certianly not the one he’s been Portraying all these years.
Add to that we have no idea where he stands On ANY issue anymore- You’re not a maverick when you are willing to compromise with theRuling Corrupt Regime 90% of the time!
So John, pack up your ‘toys’ and go home, you are not only losing this campaign, you are losing Your Facade and Your ‘Glory Story’ legacy!
he actually had me hook line & sinker up til about ‘03 when the Real McCain emerged- I no longer know who this man is,but am sure I don’t wan thim anywhere near the WH, nor Politics any longer.He’s helped fuck US up enough in his 26 yrs of self Promtion and Self addualtion.

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By tomack, October 30, 2008 at 6:56 am Link to this comment

To answer mackTN’s question: yes, they will continue this crap throughout his presidency—just like they did the Clinton’s. I believe they will triple their efforts to discredit him any way they can. They will look at it like a four year battle.

And that is why those types of individuals are poor citizens, and poor Americans. Not to mention questionable humans.

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By Thomas Billis, October 30, 2008 at 2:35 am Link to this comment

Let me mention three words.G Gordon Liddy.Domestic terrorist personified.McCain supporter and I believe McCain friend.Surely at one time a McCain fundraiser.I guess unrepentant terrorists who get paid by the government to terrorize it’s people are redeemable.I guess as a state senator charged with representing all the people he should have ignored the Palestinian Americans who live there.By the way to achieve peace in the middle east we must give a fair hearing to all the parties involved.Bill Clinton came close to a deal because he was viewed as an honest broker.George Bush has inflamed the region with his Israel only policy.

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By davidperi, October 30, 2008 at 2:17 am Link to this comment

Just watched Larry King Live and he said they investigate Obama & Khalidi statements about dealing with Israel and King said both different are on opposite sides.

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By Anthony Look, October 30, 2008 at 12:32 am Link to this comment
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McCain has given Rashid Khalidi, hundreds of thousands of dollars; this is beyond stupid and it speaks to the foolishness that these two candidates have been pouncing on. Daily their aim changes. This is the way they would react to a national and international crisis.
Erratic is being nice in describing how these two obviously NOT YET READY candidates run a campaign; we can’t afford 4 years of this of running a nation.

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By driving bear, October 29, 2008 at 10:58 pm Link to this comment

One Question: Whats on the the tape that Obama and LA Times does not want the American people to see.
As the old proverb says : secrets imply shame. This is a big mistake for both Obama and the LA Times because it showes they are trying to hide info and this is more damaging to them that whats on the tape. So if they are trying to hide it it must be really juicy.

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By P. T., October 29, 2008 at 9:02 pm Link to this comment

McCain Pals Around with Terrorists !!!

The website Huffington Post has revealed John McCain traveled to Chile in 1985 to have a private meeting with Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet. According to a declassified US embassy cable, McCain described the meeting with Pinochet as “friendly and at times warm.” At the time of the meeting, the US Justice Department was seeking the extradition of two close Pinochet associates for an act of terrorism in Washington, D.C., the 1976 assassination of former Foreign Minister Orlando Letelier and his colleague Ronni Moffitt. During his trip to Chile, McCain made no public or private statements critical of the dictatorship, nor did he meet with members of the democratic opposition in Chile.

When the McCain campaign first bagan its Obama-associating-with-a-terrorist thing, I briefly searched the Internet for a McCain/Pinochet connection.  However, I did not come up with anything.

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By nrobi, October 29, 2008 at 5:50 pm Link to this comment

And yet again, another smear tactic by the McCain-Palin ticket. 
Today, I received another of the infamous “robo-calls,”  by the McCain-Palin ticket and the RNC.
How in the world do they get away with such tactics? Isn’t it enough already? Haven’t we heard one too many of these weird calls?
I would have guessed by now, that McCain-Palin would have plumbed the depths of the relationships that Sen. Obama has had in his past,  but here we go again.
I am truly appalled at the level to which the McCain-Palin ticket has sunk, they are without doubt the smarmiest, slimiest people in the world. As for the RNC, they can toss them in the garbage heap of humanity, I now refuse to believe that true conservatives would have anything to do with the work of these smarmy bastards.
Should any RNC people be out there, know this, as a former Republican, I am ashamed at the level of discourse you have engaged in.  You are by far the worst people I can think of and would not vote for your party if it were the only party on the face of the planet. You sirs, are despicable and disloyal to the conservative ideal that was enumerated by the late William F. Buckley Jr., you have no soul and would sell it if you did for the chance to remain in power.
Given the likelihood, that you will, try to steal this election, I hope that you don’t, for if you do by some chance, there will be a people’s revolution and the ruling elite of this country will find out quickly that they are no longer welcome in the US.
I speak as one who has experienced both sides of the debate, and for you, there has never been a debate. Your tactics are truly dishonorable and deceitful. There is no truth in what you portray and should be ashamed at the smear tactics used by your supporters.

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By bobo6, October 29, 2008 at 5:05 pm Link to this comment
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Mr. Khalidi is a world reknown scholar and when Sen.McCain was the chairman of the International Republican Institute his organization gave grants repeatedly to Mr. Khalidi’s centers.I would venture a guess that Sen. McCain was far more involved with Mr.Khalidi than Mr. Obama ever was.So shouldn’t we investigate McCain’ relationship since he was much closer to Mr. Khalidi?

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By Anthony Look, October 29, 2008 at 4:59 pm Link to this comment
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Things that will be addressed after this election are so plentiful that it seems that the media, the right wing churches, and Murdoch’s empire in general, appear to be low in the totem pole of importance. They won’t be. Obama understands the constraints of needed to abate propaganda laden news shows. The Fairness Doctrine’s return has the right wing radio and new show hosts scrabbling, babbling and down right scared. They should be, it’s not a scare tactic. NPR will be purged and restored to its level of integrity. Fox news will be reduced to rantings that won’t pass the test of truth (kind of like what happen to McCain/Palin. Insofar as right wing churches, loss of tax exemption and in additional loss of federal funding allowances will serve to usher in a new role and new leadership (similarly to what will happen to the GOP relinquishing nothing further to the right christian Palin producing losers; new direction and leadership will arise and it won’t be Romney either; he browned nosed too much during the campaign).
The times have come full circle with the Fairness Doctrine, lost during the Reagan era; look what it has wrought.

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By MajMike, October 29, 2008 at 4:48 pm Link to this comment

What’s Ayers got to do with the dinner?  Talk about grasping at straws.

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By xyzaffair, October 29, 2008 at 4:29 pm Link to this comment
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Palin is probably upset she didn’t secure the endorsement of the Anchorage Daily News.

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By mackTN, October 29, 2008 at 3:10 pm Link to this comment
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Yes, this is the new focus on rightwing radio, temporarily bumping the stealth reparations tax cut and birth certificate. 

They are saying that this is yet another example of bama’s terrorist connections and that bama applauded a sworn opponent to Israel. This guy they say babysaat bama’s kids.

i wonder if they’ll keep this up all during his presidency if he wins?  Like they did the Clintons?

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