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Friday, October 31, 2008

Olbermann claims McCain gave money to Khalidi

Nutroot Keith Olbermann claims on MSNBC tonight that John McCain is connected to Rashid al-Khalidi and gave him more money that Obama and Ayers did. Let's go to the videotape.

Nice try but Olbermann doesn't get it.

The reason everyone wants that tape is to see what Obama said at that dinner, not to see how much money Obama gave Khalidi. McCain wasn't at that dinner. Recall that this is what it was claimed Obama said at that dinner:
“Israel has no God-given right to occupy Palestine” plus there’s been “genocide against the Palestinian people by Israelis.”
That goes way beyond the simple question of whether Obama - who is selling himself as a friend of Israel - gave Khalidi money.

Olbermann presents no proof that McCain was actually in control of any of the money that the group with which Olbermann claims McCain was associated gave Khalidi. On the other hand, the moneys given by the Woods Foundation to Khalidi - the board of which was chaired by Obama - are well documented. The moneys McCain supposedly gave Khalidi don't sound any different than the money that the US government (unfortunately) gives the 'Palestinians' and were given at a time when the PLO was (mistakenly) no longer a designated terrorist organization under US law.

I agree that the McCain campaign made a mistake by not pursuing this earlier. But I believe they also made a mistake by not making Reverend Wright an issue in the campaign. I look at Olbermann's entire comment as a sign that the Obama camp is panicking.

And that's a good thing.


At 5:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do I hate their lies, let me count the ways...

(1) - Here's the debunking of the scum from FREE REPUBLIC

(2) - With the link to the IRI website that explains the whole thing.

"October 29, 2008

In the 1990s, IRI gave grants to the Center for Palestinian Research and Studies (CPRS) for polling in the West Bank/Gaza. The polls measured support for the peace process, for various Palestinian political groups, and for efforts to enhance governance in the West Bank/Gaza. At that time no other organization could credibly conduct polling in the West Bank/Gaza.

We understand that Rashid Khalidi was one of the many founders of CPRS, and we understand that he was for some (unclear) amount of time a board member. IRI did not in the 1990s conduct background checks of grantees founders or board members. IRI did on a number of occasions vet CPRS as an organization, including, as was our custom, with the Israeli government, and we were given no cause for concern.

We do not recall any contact between Mr. Khalidi and IRI, and there is no evidence that Mr. Khalidi benefitted in any way from IRI's grants.

Other organizations that reportedly gave funding to CPRS include the National Endowment for Democracy, the U.S. Chamber of Commerces Center for International Private Enterprise, the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations, the Japanese Embassy, and Germanys Friedrich Naumann Stiftung.

IRIs relationship with CPRS ended in 2000, and we understand that it no longer exists."

...just for starters


At 8:33 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...


At 7:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Olbermann unmasked.

At 3:56 AM, Blogger mnotaro said...

The MSM is full of liberal left wing illuminati and they have so much power and influence over the public, McCain is doomed...the MSM refuses to report on the news if it doesn't benefit Obama's camp, therefore keeping this election from being fair to busy Americans who turn on the tv at night to "catch up" and aren't getting a realistic account of the news!


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