It’s sort of a win-win for McCain, don’t you think? If the LA Times refuses to release the video (as it appears they both have and should), McCain can continue on his whisper campaign regarding Obama’s purported anti-Semitism. Frankly, I’m surprised that he’s been as successful as he has in spreading those rumors, but even Palin was well coached in using the code words in her speeches.
Or if the Times released the video, then (regardless of what the video is or showed) McCain could refer to the video as “fact” demonstrating Obama’s purported hatred for Israel. Again, given the number of people who bought Palin’s “I told them to take their Bridge to Nowhere and shove it!” repeated falsehood in the face of the facts demonstrating said falsehood, the truth doesn’t really matter.
And, askeptic, shame on you for bringing facts into this discussion. It’s about politics, not truth.
Note that as an Angeleno, I would not anticipate that the LA Times would take a particular stand simply to support a Democratic candidate. To protect a sale at the Macy’s, yes, but not a political candidate. The Times knows where its bread is buttered.