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Why Won't the Los Angeles Times Release this Famous Video?

The Los Angeles Times responds to the McCain campaigns demands to do their job, release the tape, and make the information public:

“The Los Angeles Times did not publish the videotape because it was provided to us by a confidential source who did so on the condition that we not release it,” said the newspaper’s editor, Russ Stanton. “The Times keeps its promises to sources.” So we’re not releasing the tape to protect a source? Or are they not releasing the tape to protect Obama. I’ll speculate both! First and foremost, there’s some pretty damaging footage of Obama on this tape doing something; whether its a favorable reaction to the poem that accuses Israel of terrorism, or socializing with some pretty shady characters at this party. Speaking of which, Greta Van Sustern on FOX tonight mentioned that there was a possibility that Willam Ayers was at the same event, but didn’t cite any eveidence to that possibility. If Obama is on this tape with William Ayers, and reacting favorably to this poem, then it definitely throws out this “just a guy in my neighborhood” excuse.
The second issue here is protecting their source. The LA Times did publish a story about the event in April, but won’t release the tape. How would this damage the source of the story unless it’s someone who was campaigning against Obama in the primary and is now claiming to be an Obama ally? Maybe Hillary Clinton? That’s my bet. I have no evidence to substantiate this theory, but it makes perfect sense to me. If they release a tape with Obama and Ayers on it giving praise to a PLO mouthpiece, and also release it’s from Clinton then they’re putting both Obama and Clinton at risk. If this was just some regular reporter as a souce, then it would be no issue at all. If the source was Clinton, or someone in the Clinton campaign, then you can talk about a bombshell.
Anyway, the fix is in. If for some reason anyone here on RedState thought that the media wasn’t tanking for Obama, then you should have all the evidence you need right now. No other outlet is talking about the 2001 interview but FOX. Go to CNN or MSNBC, ABC, or even CBS. Anything there? Nope. Anything from the print media? Nope.