Middle East studies in the News
I Rise To Defend The LA Times (Sort Of) [incl. Rashid Khalidi]
by Tom Maguire
With Israel in the news, Roger Simon has a question:
Lest you have forgotten, here is the backstory:
Let's note the timing - as of early April 2008 the Pennsylvania was still ahead of us and Hillary supporters were clinging bitterly to the notion that their gal could prevail. I would guess that the source for the tape was a loyal Democrat and Hillary supporter hoping to throw sand in the gears of the Obama machine.
So why is the LA Times sitting on the tape today? Let's cut to Mr. Simon:
I assume the paper is happy to stay in the tank for Obama. However, it is possible, even likely, that the tape was filmed by an amateur whose identity could easily be guessed by those in the know (maybe his table-mates are readily identifiable; maybe table chatter is picked up which would identify the filmer.)
If the LA Times was interested in problem solving they could release a transcript. Lingering concerns about credibility (if any!) could be solved by inviting in another news source or two (Fox and the WSJ?) to aid in the transcription.
I can believe that releasing the raw tape would present their source with a problem; if the LA Times was truly interested in advancing the news side of this, a transcript would be the solution.
I am not holding my breath.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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