Middle East studies in the News
Bad Thoughts [incl. Rashid Khalidi]
by John Derbyshire
The Corner (National Review Online)
October 30, 2008
Now here's a subversive little thought about that Khalidi tape that the Los Angeles Times is guarding like a cargo of plutonium.
- Item: The Los Angeles Times is owned by the Tribune Co.
- Item: The Tribune Co. is based in Chicago.
- Item: "In 2008, Tribune is struggling under a $13 billion debt load, much of it incurred in taking the company private in 2007, and from plummeting advertising income at its newspapers." (Wikipedia. A business friend tells me the current figure is actually $14.7 billion.)
- Item: Tribune Chairman and CEO Sam Zell is a major Republican donor. Why would he not want his paper to release the Khalidi tape?
- Item: The federal government is sitting on a bailout fund of $700 billion.
- Item: It's not likely the Treasury can disburse more than one or two hundred billion of that before the next administration comes in.
- Item: The next administration will therefore have at least half a trillion greenies to hand out to anyone it deems worthy of being bailed out. Anyone — there are no hard and fast rules.
- Item: 14.7 billion is a very small proportion — less than three percent — of half a trillion.
When Sam Zell's office was called and asked about this (by a friend of mine who requests deep anonymity), they said the thought was ridiculous.
Which of course it is. Perfectly ridiculous. Utterly, impossibly ridiculous. Preposterous. Totally preposterous … (Rinse and repeat.)Note: Articles listed under "Middle East studies in the News" provide information on current developments concerning Middle East studies on North American campuses. These reports do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch and do not necessarily correspond to Campus Watch's critique.
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