There are only 24 hours left to claim the $100,000 reward that Breitbart News has offered for the full, unedited, and complete “Khalidi tape”–the video recording of the 2003 farewell party for radical Palestinian-American academic Rashid Khalidi, which featured several anti-Israel speeches and included a speech by Barack Obama.
No one has yet come forward with the tape. As of 12:01 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 23, the offer will expire.
The existence of the tape was first revealed by the Los Angeles Times in April 2008. The Times viewed the tape but did not provide a transcript thereof, nor did it release it to other journalists or the general public for independent corroboration of its contents and the specific conclusion that Obama had given a more moderate address than others. The Times cites an agreement with the source as the reason for not releasing the tape.
The tape forms an essential part of the foreign policy background of President Obama, whose radical past remains largely shrouded in mystery. Even those who have–finally–delved into the background of a president who self-consciously created a “blank slate” persona on the national stage have tended to downplay his radical associations. The mainstream media have shown little interest in investigating critical biographical and political details that may have great relevance to the policies he chooses to enact in his second, more “flexible,” term.