The Chief Innovation Officer of the Tribune Company, Lee Abrams, is salivating all over himself in excitement over the ways that corporation's newspapers could capitalize on Barack Obama's election. If you think Abrams couldn't top himself with his idea of boosting the circulation of the Los Angeles Times by repainting its news vans with different colors, he gives it a good try this time mixed with his usual unintentional humor. Here are some of Abrams' psychedelically tinged thoughts on Obama and newspapers as relayed by Bob Norman's The Daily Pulp (emphasis mine):
November 10, 2008 THINK PIECE: THE OBAMA WAKE UP CALL
The demand for last Wednesday's post election papers is obviously enormous. If there's ever an indicator that newspapers are timeless, this is it. The wake up call last week (like $200 copies on eBay) spurred a lot of thinking and action across the Tribune Nation. Now, as the march to the inauguration begins is when we can:
a) Capitalize on it Or b) Let other media steal it from us.
*Compartmentalize so it's in a reliable place *Logo or iconize so it's not just a series of stories *Give coverage some visual CHARACTER & Style
John Edwards. Remember him? He was the guy whom the Los Angeles Times for an excruciatingly painful period of time found it impossible to write about in the midst of his breaking scandal last summer. In fact, Times bloggers were forbidden to write about the scandal by Times editor Tony Pierce who came up with this excuse for the moratorium:
Because the only source has been the National Enquirer we have decided not to cover the rumors or salacious speculations. So I am asking you all not to blog about this topic until further notified.
Another excuse not to cover the Edwards scandal was given by Top of the Ticket blog author, Don Frederick:
For the most part, mainstream media outlets have not pursued the matter, in part because Edwards no longer is a presidential candidate nor does he hold a public office. The Times National Editor Scott Kraft explained the newspaper's stance in a note today, published on the Reader's Representative blog.
It's not exactly an earth shattering scandal but CNN did get caught in a bit of a fib when they declared they were the first to use hologram technology in a broadcast featuring Wolf Blitzer interviewing a Jessica Yellin "hologram" on election day.
I put "hologram" in quotes because a perturbed Don Reisinger of CNET News declared that it was false advertising since CNN wasn't using a real hologram. CNN soon backed down from their hologram claim in the face of not only criticism but mockery from the other networks.
I suppose the best way to respond is by humor as you can see in this video of Anderson Cooper 360 which features a clip of Jay Leno presenting a "hologram" attacking Wolf Blitzer. It sure made your humble correspondent break out laughing. Here is a transcript of the interchange on the "hologram" controversy between Anderson Cooper and Erica Hill:
Watch this amazing video of an anti Proposition 8 mob in Palm Springs swarming an elderly woman, ripping a cross out of her hand, and then stomping on it. What is most amazing about this video is the idiotic summation of what happened by KPSP TV anchorman, Kris Long. However before we get to his money quote, let us take a look at a report on this mobbing by LifeSiteNews.Com:
Video footage from KPSP CBS 2 Palm Spring News shows Proposition 8 protesters surrounding an elderly woman and the reporter trying to interview her, shouting and blocking the camera's view of the woman, ultimately forcing the two to flee from the encircling crowd.
Phyllis Burgess, a supporter of true marriage, had been assaulted earlier as she displayed a large cross in front of the protesters. Video footage shows the anti-marriage crowd pushing Burgess, slapping the cross out of her hand and stomping on it as they surround her.
Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen has taken a divorce from reality in recommending that Barack Obama appoint the "Custodian of the Planet," Al Gore, as Secretary of state. Cohen submits this proposal, along with other wacky ideas, in his latest column (emphasis mine):
If there is a single appointment Barack Obama could make to signal how dramatically things will change in Washington, it would be to name Albert Gore Jr. -- former House member, former senator, former vice president, former presidential nominee and current Custodian of the Planet -- as secretary of state. For all the other aspirants to the job, sorry -- this is an inconvenient truth.
(Check out the update below. Apparently this "leaker" is actually a hoaxer. Did Carl Cameron get scammed with completely false information? I have now added video of the person who claims to be "Martin Eisenstadt" that was uploaded to YouTube on October 28. Why do I have the feeling that this person is a leftwing Democrat engaging in Web guerilla warfare?)
The leaker who "revealed" to Carl Cameron of FOX News that Sarah Palin didn't know that Africa was a continent or which nations were in the North American Free Trade Agreement has outed himself. First of all the leaker turned out not to be Mitt Romney nor one of his associates as some have suspected. More importantly, the leaker's own revelation does not show that Sarah Palin didn't know that Africa was a continent nor that she didn't know which countries were in the NAFTA. Okay, so who is the leaker? Drum roll please, maestro! And the leaker is....Martin Eisenstadt, a McCain campaign adviser. Eisenstadt revealed himself to be the leaker and his reasons for leaking in his blog:
Barack Obama hasn't yet served a single day in office yet MSN Money writer, Jon Markham, has confidence that he can solve our economic problems for the most fatuous of reasons: he is a good speaker like Ronald Reagan which is why his article is titled, "Why Obama is the new Reagan." In fact, the actual economic policies themselves take a backseat to eloquence according to Markham. First Markham sets up the economic challenge facing Obama (emphasis mine):
CNN has a wonderful new toy that they seem to love playing around with. It's called a "hologram." I put "hologram" in quotes because according to an annoyed Don Reisinger of CNET News, it's not really a hologram. You can get an idea of just how upset Reisinger was with the CNN "hologram" by the very title of his CNET story, "Stop the Insanity: CNN's 'hologram' was horrendous."
Can someone please explain to me why so many people are making a big deal about this CNN "hologram" that the channel unveiled during election coverage Tuesday night?
See, Don, CNN found a new toy that they are going to play with while pretending to deliver the news.
According to CNN, it was real "hologram" technology that beamed Jessica Yellin, a CNN correspondent from Chicago, to the CNN press center in New York, where Wolf Blitzer could grill her about what was going on in Chicago.
First off, let me say that it wasn't even real "hologram" technology, which annoys me from the start. Don't say it's a "hologram" technology unless it really is. If CNN was truly using a "hologram," it would not have employed a green screen and overlay images. Instead, it would have captured scattered light and then reconstructed it back in the studio.
Oh, and it probably would have bankrupted CNN too.
Somebody claims they heard something at a Minnesota voting precinct. And that certain someone just so happened to have also been a reporter for a small leftwing newspaper. And upon that very thin gruel, TV station reporter Esme Murphy of WCCO in Minneapolis is claiming that the senate voting results in that state could be overturned. It's pretty ridiculous but let us allow Ms Murphy to make her absurd case:
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) ― Allegations have surfaced of voter irregularities involving a paid staffer of Sen. Norm Coleman, and the ramifications could have a profound effect on the outcome of Coleman's race against Al Franken.
A reporter for the Minnesota Independent, a progressive online publication, was working on a story about voter turnout when she overheard that Republican poll challengers monitoring voting at the precinct had brought in Mahamoud Wardere to help voters translate.
It looks like the type of column that only appears in one of those sleezy freebie sex rags that can be found primarily in beatup newspaper racks. However, this column by Violet Blue (photo right) was published in a major newspaper, the San Franciso Chronicle. Come to think of it, being that the city is San Francisco, this almost makes sense. Ms. Blue has sort of a kinky sex advice column featured regularly in that periodical called, "Open Source Sex." And now Violet Blue is deeply concerned about repression. Not repression by the EVIL Republicans who are on their way out of power in Washington. Instead, Ms Blue is worried about a leftwing extremist feminist group called "Stop Porn Culture." Let us now watch Violet Blue describe the problem posed by this group and, as you read this stuff, keep reminding yourself that it is actually appearing in the largest San Francisco newspaper, not some side street sleaze sheet:
Slate political reporter, Christopher Beam, has some advice on how John McCain can "rehabilitate" himself: become more like a Democrat and admit that his choice of Sarah Palin as a running mate was a mistake. In a report reminiscent of how people who differed slightly from the party line in Stalinist Russia or Mao's China could rehabilitate themselves by admitting the "error" of their ways, Beam comes up with some "helpful" tips on how McCain could become liked by the mainstream media again. As you can see in his Slate article, the advice that Beam offers pretty much boils down to the fact that McCain must become a liberal:
PHOENIX—One major casualty of the 2008 race is the McCain brand, as a big chunk of his former fans have turned critical. The media, a group John McCain once called his "base," have fallen off the boat. Independents who admired his stances on immigration and Bush's tax cuts have drifted away. Veterans of the 2000 campaign have said they barely recognize the 2008 Republican nominee. Mark Salter, McCain's co-author and confidante, has said that Obama has "dinged up" the McCain brand.
Well, now is the time to rebuild. McCain may have lost the election, but in the coming weeks and months, he'll have an opportunity to fix a damaged reputation. Here are a few things he can do:
Beam should be more specific by suggesting, "Here are a few LIBERAL thing he can do:"
Michael Crichton passed away yesterday. Many of you might remember Crichton as the author of superb science fiction novels such as "Andromeda Strain" and "Jurassic Park." Fewer people will know Crichton as a prominent global warming skeptic. And very few of you out there might know that Crichton was also a prophet who predicted the demise of the mainstream media way back in 1993. This seems like a good time to honor the memory of Michael Crichton by taking a retrospective look at his 1993 Wired magazine article titled "Mediasaurus" about the impending demise of the mainstream media (emphasis mine):
Sheesh! Talking about rolling around in the dirt! CNN's Rick Sanchez was arguing taxes with Joe the Plumber (Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher) yesterday and somehow couldn't figure out the concept of "principles." Ironically, Sanchez then showed just how unprincipled he is by rolling around in the mud and digging up recycled "dirt" on Joe. Here is the transcript of the video so you can see for yourself just how low Sanchez went in an attempt to smear Joe the Plumber (emphasis mine):
RICK SANCHEZ: Probably nobody in this campaign has been referred to more by his acronym or slash name than "Joe the Plumber." His real name is Joe Wurzelbacher. And he's good enough to join us now to bring us up to date on what's going on with them -- Joe, are you there?
JOE WURZELBACHER, "JOE THE PLUMBER": Oh, hey, I'm doing good. How about yourself today?
SANCHEZ: Good. Good.
Man, we -- I've got to tell you, just to be completely open about this, so many people have been writing to me today saying why are you talking to this guy, why are you talking to this guy?
So here's your chance to answer a lot of the questions that I've been getting from a lot of them. And I'll start with just probably the most curious question that a lot of people have.
Why would you be so upset about people who clear more than $250,000 a year having to pay taxes when you're nowhere near that category? Is that a fair question? Can you give me answer?
The foes of Proposition 8 in California which would restore the definition of marriage in that state as being between one man and one woman have produced an incredibly bizarre and bigoted commercial. The video depicts a pair of Mormon missionaries invading the home of a lesbian couple and ransacking it until they find their wedding license and then tearing it up. This video displays obvious hatred towards Mormons who mostly support Prop. 8 but to Los Angeles Times blogger Karin Klein such bigotry is no big deal (emphasis mine):
It looks like "conservative" radio talk show host Michael Smerconish has finally reaped his reward for supporting Barack Obama. Brian Maloney of the Radio Equalizer beautifully skewers the deceitful Philadelphia radio show host for cashing in on his self-serving, career-enhancing, endorsement:
As Philly talker Michael Smerconish has revealed, it certainly pays to tow your liberal employer's party line.
Just two weeks after the formerly conservative talk host revealed he would back Barack Obama for president, CBS has rewarded him with the previously-elusive program expansion he'd been long been desperately seeking.
At the time, Smerconish actually had the nerve to predict his career would take a hit for making this supposedly courageous decision.
Instead, his dividend is a bit like your local grocery store's rewards card, only the payoff is 1000 times greater!
Attention! Today is quite an historic day. At long last, a section of the media has discovered a "lifelong Democrat" who is supporting the Republican presidential candidate. As you might have noticed, this campaign season has seen a plethora of stories about "lifelong Republicans" who have finally "seen the light" and are supporting Barack Obama. Of course, such "lifelong Republicans" when you look beneath the surface are either Democrats who are fibbing or are formally Republicans on paper but are actually liberal Democrats such as ACLU member Jan Martin who was recently featured on the CBS Early Show. However, we have now found that rarest of all critters, at least according to the mainstream media, a "lifelong Democrat" who is working to elect John McCain. This rarer than a Bigfoot person is one Kevin DuJan of Illinois. Perhaps he was only discovered because this report comes via the Medill News Service which is so small that perhaps they were overlooked when the message went out that there are no such things as "lifelong Democrats" supporting the Republican presidential ticket. Since this "lifelong Democrat" sighting is so rare, let us now read the report by Jen Thomas (emphasis mine):
Kevin DuJan, a lifelong Democrat, was so dedicated to his party that he once abandoned a blind date to avoid going out with a Republican.
"In third grade, the teacher asked us the difference between Democrats and Republicans, and I got up without thinking and said, 'Democrats are good, Republicans are evil.' That's what I really thought," the 32-year-old said.
Never would he have thought that he'd be campaigning for U.S. Sen. John McCain this election season but, as the chairman of the DeMcCrats for McCain in Illinois, DuJan heads a group of about 400 Chicago-area voters who have crossed party lines to support the Republican nominee.
Once again it is the British newspapers that are performing the legwork that the American media oten neglects to do. In this case, it was the UK Times that tracked down Barack Obama's "Auntie Zeituni," not the "evil" Republicans as many Democrats are alleging. This is the story, by Ben MacIntyre and James Bone, of how they found Obama's aunt (emphasis mine):
The trail that led to “Aunt Zeituni”, the relative of Barack Obama who was traced by The Times last week, started with Mr Obama’s memoir, one of the most widely read political autobiographies of all time.
The Democrat campaign has implied that the story might have come from Republican sources – “the American people are ... pretty suspicious of things that are dumped in the marketplace 72 hours before a campaign,” said Mr Obama’s chief strategist David Axelrod yesterday.
Sorry, David, but the "nefarious" Republicans were not behind this. Just a British newspaper doing the job that the American media should, but won't, do.
If Barack Obama loses the election, will he graciously concede? According to an open letter signed by author Gore Vidal and a gaggle of leftists, Obama should not concede under almost any conditions. If Jon Voight had signed an open letter to John McCain asking him not to concede, that would be big news. So far the only sound from the mainstream media to Gore Vidal's dangerous request is the sound of crickets chirping. Here is the open letter plea to Obama signed by Vidal among others (emphasis mine):
An Open Letter to Senator Obama and the Democratic Leadership: On Election Night, DO NOT CONCEDE!
Even if Obama loses? This sounds like Vidal wants the aftermath of Election 2008 to be like the followup to Election 2000 on steroids.
“Eight years is too much” is how Barack Obama explained why we must win the coming election and begin to restore America. But, even if we receive the most votes, will we win the election?
According to the U.S. Constitution, you need the most electoral votes, not the most votes.
DO NOT CONCEDE! Both of the last two elections were conceded by the Democratic presidential candidate. The 2004 election was handed to George Bush while votes were still being counted in closely-fought Ohio. While the 2000 election was contested to the Supreme Court, it too was ultimately conceded to Bush “for the good of the country.”
It has become perhaps the most famous political photo of all time. President Harry Truman, on the heels of defeating opponent Thomas Dewey in the 1948 presidential campaign, gleefully holding up a copy of the Chicago Tribune with the overconfident but incorrect headline of "Dewey Defeats Truman." Will history repeat itself this Wednesday when the Doonesbury comic strip is published which assumes that Barack Obama will be victorious? Here is the story from the Los Angeles Times written by Yvonne Villarreal (emphasis mine):
Garry Trudeau's "Doonesbury" is predicting a victory for Barack Obama, and newspaper editors around the country are debating whether to publish the comic no matter the results of the election.
Wednesday's strip is set in Iraq and features military characters huddled around a television that proclaims "And it's official -- Barack Obama has won. . . ."
In an e-mail to The Times, Trudeau said newspapers should run the strip because ". . . polling data gives McCain a 3.7% chance of victory. There's a greater risk that their presses will break down on election day. So I've been encouraging editors to choose hope over fear. And reminding them that if I'm wrong, it'll be my face that'll be covered with egg, not theirs."
So how confident are some at the New York Times in an election victory by Barack Obama? According to a column by the Times Public Editor, Clark Hoyt, extremely overconfident bordering on certitude as you can read (emphasis mine):
“IT’S OVER,” wrote Charles M. Blow on the Op-Ed page of The Times 15 days ago. “I’ve studied the polls and the electoral map for months, and I no longer believe that John McCain can win.” Blow allowed as how a serious mistake by Barack Obama, the re-emergence of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright or a national security emergency could change the outlook, but he said he was so sure of his prediction that, if wrong, “I’ll take my crow with a six pack of Liquid-Plumr.”
Hoyt wonders if the Times and much of the rest of the mainstream media are premature in basically calling victory for Obama:
(Please read update about the San Francisco Chronicle neglecting to mention Obama's willingness to bankrupt the coal industry at bottom of this blog.)
Imagine if John McCain had whispered somewhere that he was willing to bankrupt a major industry? Would this declaration not immediately be front page news? Well, Barack Obama actually flat out told the San Francisco Chronicle (SF Gate) that he was willing to see the coal industry go bankrupt in a January 17, 2008 interview. The result? Nothing. This audio interview has been hidden from the public...until now. Here is the transcript of Obama's statement about bankrupting the coal industry (emphasis mine):
Let me sort of describe my overall policy.
What I've said is that we would put a cap and trade system in place that is as aggressive, if not more aggressive, than anybody else's out there.
I was the first to call for a 100% auction on the cap and trade system, which means that every unit of carbon or greenhouse gases emitted would be charged to the polluter. That will create a market in which whatever technologies are out there that are being presented, whatever power plants that are being built, that they would have to meet the rigors of that market and the ratcheted down caps that are being placed, imposed every year.
So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it's just that it will bankrupt them because they're going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted.
Have you noticed a rash of news stories the past few weeks with the theme that John McCain supporters are depressed because they think he has almost no chance? The real purpose of these stories is to demoralize McCain supporters in a effort to make them them think things are so hopeless for their candidate that they need not bother to wait on lines at the polling stations since the Barack Obama landslide is inevitable. And now the Associated Press is using their own poll to emphasize this theme of hopelessness among McCain supporters as you can see by the very title, "AP poll shows Obama backers gleeful, McCain's glum," of their story, by Alan Tram and Trevor Tomson, today (emphasis mine):
WASHINGTON – That smiling guy walking down the street? Odds are he's a Barack Obama backer. The grouchy looking one? Don't ask, and don't necessarily count on him to vote next week, either.
Notice how the AP is promoting the idea of McCain supporters staying home because things are supposedly going so poorly for their candidate?
The Los Angeles Times is feeling the pressure over its decision to refuse to release the controversial Rashid Khalidi video in which Barack Obama is shown toasting the former PLO operative at an Israel-bashing dinner. Even though the Times has acknowledged it has received thousands of phone calls and e-mails calling for the release of the video it is holding of that dinner, it has acted like a player hogging the football, waiting for the time to run out in the game as the final seconds count down. Although they have yet to report on a protest about their refusal to release the Khalidi tape held right outside their own building as you can see in this video, the Times included their reasons for refusing to make it public in a story about the demands by John McCain and Sarah Palin to release it (emphasis mine):
While watching the Barack Obama infomercial last night, your humble correspondent kept thinking about an incredible Obama infomercial poster created a couple of weeks ago by a member of the Free Republic by the name of "Gloucester." This is probably the funniest political poster of the year. It is best appreciated if you are already familiar with the Shamwow infomercials. Oh, and Freeper Gloucester has given permission to everybody to download this poster and use it in any way you wish. See the large version below the fold. Look, laugh, and enjoy:
UPDATE: This Reuters story now featured on the Drudge Report.
Reuters has reported today that an al Qaeda video calling for the humiliation of President George W. Bush and Republicans isn't really an endorsement of Barack Obama and the Democrats in the upcoming election. Huh? Does Reuters have comprehension skill problems or are they desperate to protect the Obama campaign from the charge that the best known terrorist organization in the world favors them? Read the Reuters story titled, "Qaeda wants Republicans, Bush "humiliated": Web Video," and you be the judge (emphasis mine):
DUBAI (Reuters) - An al Qaeda leader has called for President George W. Bush and the Republicans to be "humiliated," without endorsing any party in the upcoming U.S. presidential election, according to a video posted on the Internet.
"O God, humiliate Bush and his party, O Lord of the Worlds, degrade and defy him," Abu Yahya al-Libi said at the end of sermon marking the Muslim feast of Eid al-Fitr, in a video posted on the Internet.
Libi, one of the top al Qaeda commanders believed to be living in Afghanistan or Pakistan, called for God's wrath to be brought against Bush equating him with past tyrants in history.
This is pretty funny. A $175,000 reward/bribe is now being offered for a Los Angeles Times reporter to actually report the news, namely to release the Khalidi video that the Times refuses to let the public see. It started out with a mere $25,000 offer made by Ace of Spades (emphasis mine):
Well, I don't know if one will step forward. I can guarantee, though, that if the goods are delivered the blogosphere can contribute $20,000. In a matter of hours.
Maybe more. More would depend on the tape.
This offer includes is particularly directed towards Los Angeles Times employees. Maybe ones that just got fired. Or will get fired in the next couple of weeks.
That's how we roll.
Pretty pathetic that we have to try to bribe "newsmen" to release newsworthy tapes.
If your conscience is troubled, They should have released it anyway.
Plus that $25,000. You know what helps an aching conscience? Rubbing it with crisp hundred dollar bills, that's what.
Yeah it just went up five g's. If I can get $5 grand in a donation drive, I'm pretty damn sure I can get $25,000 for the tape.
And no, not a stunt. One little blog gets $5 k in a donation drive. Something like this, with every blogger linking the donation button, would easily get in excess of $25,000.
Imagine if a speechwriter for John McCain had switched sides and announced she was going to vote for Barack Obama. Would she not be featured bigtime in the mainstream media complete with new thrills running up Chris Matthews leg? Well, this did happen except that it was an Obama speechwriter, Wendy Button, who became disillusioned with The One and switched to supporting McCain. Here are the highlights of Wendy Button's explanation of why she made the switch:
Since I started writing speeches more than ten years ago, I have always believed in the Democratic Party. Not anymore. Not after the election of 2008. This transformation has been swift and complete and since I’m a woman writing in the election of 2008, “very emotional."
So ACORN is committing vote fraud on a massive scale? Hey, not to worry. Vote fraud is an American traditon practiced by all the political parties. That absurd assertion was made by Bob Ponting in an article on Pittsburgh WTAE TV station's Politics web page. Ponting starts off by "reassuring" us that despite the massive vote fraud by ACORN, it is a tradition dating back to the earliest years of the Republic (emphasis mine):
Long before the first vote is cast on Nov. 4, Republicans are crying foul and warning of fraud in the presidential election.
The allegations, which are widespread in the conservative blogosphere, on cable news and talk radio, were echoed during the final presidential debate when Sen. John McCain charged that Acorn, a group that works with low income and minority communities, was “now on the verge of maybe perpetrating one of the greatest frauds in voter history in this country, maybe destroying the fabric of democracy.”
The charges of voter fraud stem from the number of irregular voter registrations turned in by Acorn this year. By some reports, up to 30 percent of the 1.3 million voter registrations the group gathered were faulty. Democrats say the level of problem registrations is surprisingly high, but they dispute the Republican contention that it is an attempt to steal the election, calling such claims outlandish.
Whether or not the Acorn mess is an attempt at voter fraud, partisans have been trying to game the system for as long as there have been democratic elections. Questionable election tactics were used by many of the founding fathers. Even George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were not above wooing unmotivated voters to the polls with free rum on Election Day.
Your humble correspondent had figured the polls would start to narrow in the final week of the campaign but this stunning new Gallup poll shows the lead in the Presidential race narrowing much more rapidly than he had assumed. The latest Gallup poll of traditional likely voters shows the race has narrowed down to 49 percent for Barack Obama and 47 percent for John McCain. Here is Gallup's explanation of this poll:
Gallup's "traditional" likely voter model, which Gallup has employed for past elections, factors in prior voting behavior as well as current voting intention. This has generally shown a closer contest, reflecting the fact that Republicans have typically been more likely to vote than Democrats in previous elections.
Meanwhile, over at the Daily Kos, some have nervously pooh-poohed this poll but others are starting to hit the panic button. Here is a sampling of Kossacks sweating buckets with some commentary by your humble correspondent:
If the Los Angeles Times had a video of John McCain toasting a supporter of the old South African apartheid government, does anyone think they wouldn't release it without hesitation? However, because the Times has a video of Barack Obama toasting former PLO operative, Rashid Khalidi, at an Israel-bashing party that also included terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, they are now coming up with all sorts of absurd legalistic reasons as to why they can't release the video.
Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs has posted the messages between a reader and the a Los Angeles Times representative about the release of this video: