Middle East studies in the News
My 2008 Short List Of People To Remember To Hate [incl. Rashid Khalidi]
by Dean Rotbart
• Eddy W. Hartenstein, Publisher; Russ Stanton, Editor; and Sam Zell, Chairman – The Los Angeles Times
In his April 10, 2008 article in The Los Angeles Times, reporter Peter Wallsten notes that a video of the dinner honoring Rashid Khalidi "was obtained by The Times," but Wallsten makes no mention that the video's source provided it strictly on the condition that it never be released to the public.
The Times only disclosed its ‘deal' in October when the tape became an issue in the Presidential election, since according to Wallsten the tape shows then-state Senator Barack Obama speaking of his friendship with Khalidi. Khalidi, now a professor at Columbia University (another reason to hate Lee Bollinger!), is outspoken in his anti-Israel views and has past links to the terrorist PLO and it chief henchman, Yasser Arafat.
Had the video been made public, who knows what it might have revealed about President-Elect Obama and his political sympathies? But the troika of Hartenstein, Stanton, and Zell suppressed the truth. Their actions offend me as a journalist, as a Jew and as an American. We don't protect terrorists or their sympathizers, not even for political gain.
Bankruptcy is too good for the three of you.
Eddy W. Hartenstein, Russ Stanton and Sam Zell, I hate you.
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