Can you say anything you want, as long as it's phrased as a question? If so, do you have the media to thank for that technique?
Doug Ross has received a tip from somebody (inside the L.A. Times?) who he says has given him good information before. The tipster says:
Saw a clip from the tape. Reason we can't release it is because statements Obama said to rile audience up during toast. He congratulates Khalidi for his work saying "Israel has no God-given right to occupy Palestine" plus there's been "genocide against the Palestinian people by Israelis."
It would be really controversial if it got out. That's why they will not even let a transcript get out.
So now let's all watch the LAT deny this, without providing the very evidence that would disprove it. If you ran a newspaper that was accused of hiding something like this, and you had the evidence to shove in your accusers' faces, I'll bet you could come up with a better excuse for withholding it. Let alone four lame excuses in a row. Why not just publish a photograph of the tape being eaten by a dog?
Forget the Great Schlep. This could be the Great Plotz.
P.P.S. A former LAT reporter writes to the LAT:
"The moment a journalist says he is using a secret report to validate his work, and then refuses to reveal the full contents of the report, he is guilty of the kind of conduct that deservedly brought Sen. Joseph McCarthy to disgrace."Posted by Jim Treacher at October 29, 2008 06:46 PM