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Monday, November 30, 2009

Accuracy in Media - Did White House “Gatecrashers” Have Ties to Obama?

" Of paramount interest is the possible connection of Tareq Salahi to Khalidi―a connection that could have been a factor in his entry into the White House"

From Accuracy in Media:

While the major media have bought the official storyline about the so called White House gatecrashers, could there be more to this scandal? The mainstream media have ignored obvious holes in the story and important facts about the alleged gatecrashers. Not only did they pose for a previous photo with Barack Obama, one of them, Tareq Salahi, has ties to some of the same radical Arab interests that backed Obama....WorldNetDaily reports that Tareq Salahi served on the board of the American Task Force for Palestine (ATFP), where Columbia University Professor Rashid Khalidi served as vice president. Khalidi was a close friend and associate of Obama. Judi McLeod of the Canada Free Press has a Google cache identifying Tareq Salahi as a member of the ATFP....Amid all the questions about the actions of the Salahis, it must also be asked if they were waved into the event by a White House staffer aware of their connections to Obama....The last big stunt by reality-show wannabes was the "Balloon Boy" episode, a prank pulled by the Heene family to get national publicity and parlay it into a reality show. With no confirmation that it was true, the cable networks spent more than an hour following the shots of the balloon on unverified claims that a six-year-old boy was trapped inside, and then weeks of hand-wringing and covering all angles of the story, until the father, Richard Heene pleaded guilty to a felony charge and finally admitted the story was a hoax....One would think that maybe the media should avoid jumping to conclusions this time, until more is known. ...In this case, almost as soon as it was reported that there had been a security breach at the White House state dinner for the Indian Prime Minister, the media concluded that the White House and Secret Service version of this story was true. ABC News reported that "a secret service agent at the first of two checkpoints at the White House that night waved the couple in, assuming their names would be checked down the line." The official statement put out by the Secret Service said, "The preliminary findings of our internal investigation have determined established protocols were not followed at an initial checkpoint, verifying that two individuals were on the guest list."




Read Here: http://www.aim.org/aim-column/did-white-house-gatecrashers-have-ties-to-obama/

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