This one to the LA Times:
Dear Ms Gold —
I’m sure you’re more than aware of the controversy over the tape of the Rashid Khalidi going-away party. I have to say, given the willingness of the LA Times to release tapes about Governor Schwarzenegger during the campaign, and its willingness to reveal classified programs even over the objections and direct requests of the Treasury Department, it seems a bit disingenuous to now claim a promise to an unnamed source as a reason neither to release the tape nor a transcript. But I suppose one’s ethics are one’s own.
However, it has now come out that, again according to an unnamed source who has been reliable in the past, that — well, to quote:
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. Tha’s why they will not even let a transcript get out.
If it’s true, it’s certainly newsworthy; if it’s false, shouldn’t the LA Times find it important to disprove it?