This afternoon, CNN’s Rick Sanchez confronted the McCain campaign blogger Michael Goldfarb about its hypocritical criticism of Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-IL) links to Rashid Khalidi. After Sanchez noted that McCain, as chairman of the board at the International Republican Institute, had also given Khalidi nearly $500,000, Goldfarb brushed him off, saying that Obama had a “long track record of being around anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, and anti-American rhetoric”:
GOLDFARB: Look you’re missing the point again Rick. The point is that Barack Obama has along track record of being around anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, and anti-American rhetoric.
SANCHEZ: Can you name one other person that he hangs around with who’s anti-Semitic? … We got Khalidi on the table, give me number two. Who’s the other anti-Semitic person that he hangs around with?
GOLDFARB: Rick, we both know who number two is.
Goldfarb could not or refused to name the individual whom he was referring to, despite Sanchez’s repeated inquiries. Watch it:
Goldfarb may have been dancing around naming Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Obama, however, has disavowed Wright’s extreme views, and McCain supposedly banned his campaign from using Wright’s record against Obama.
Matt Duss has more on the slander of Khalidi.