There's been a story brewing over the past few days that seems to be gaining some traction. It seems The Los Angeles Times has a videotape that the newspaper's editors say shows Senator Barack Obama praising a Chicago professor who served as a spokesman for the Palestine Liberation Organization.
At this same event, an attendee read a poem denigrating Israel. The McCain campaign is calling on the newspaper to release the video -- something they have refused to do. The editors are shrouding their decision behind a promise they gave to the person who turned over the video.
I believe Senator McCain was right on the money when he suggested there may be a double standard at play. He told two radio stations that if there was a video of him hanging out with neo-Nazis, he'd bet the tape would be made public.
The video is from a 2003 farewell party for University of Chicago professor Rashid Khalidi. Former domestic terrorist William Ayers was also in attendance.
"I guarantee you, if there was a tape with me and Sarah Palin and some neo-Nazi or one of those, you think that that tape wouldn't be made public? Of course, Americans need to know, particularly about Ayers, and also about the PLO. So hopefully there will be enough pressure on the L.A. Times that it'll come out, but its really unfortunate that we have to go through this."
Governor Sarah Palin put it in "bitter American" language:
"If there's a Pulitzer Prize category for excelling in cow-towing, then the LA Times, you're winning," she said.
LA Times spokeswoman Nancy Sullivan told Foxnews.com the paper is not interested in revisiting the story. "As far as we're concerned, the story speaks for itself," she said.
For the record, here's what the Obama campaign had to say about the matter:
"Barack Obama has been clear and consistent on his support for Israel, and has been clear that Rasheed Khalidi is not an adviser to him or his campaign and that he does not share Khalidi's views. Instead of giving lectures on media bias, John McCain should answer why, under his own chairmanship, the International Republican Institute repeatedly funded an organization Khalidi founded, the Center for Palestine Research and Studies, over the course of many years," said spokesman Tommy Vietor.
I do have a one question, though. Senator Obama told us that he wasn't there when the Rev. Jeremiah Wright uttered that now infamous condemnation of our nation. But if he had been there, Senator Obama said he would've gotten up and walked out of the church.
So what was Senator Obama's reaction when those gathered at Mr. Khalidi's party began hurling insults and vile at the nation of Israel? I wonder if the video of that night would clear up that matter?