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The genesis of a Breibart outrage
Posted by: hal
Date: March 08, 2012 02:13PM
Kinda stumbled upon this in my morning reading - check this out...

[www.breitbart.com]
Obama Ally Won't Release Alinsky Tape


Sources inform Breitbart.com today that Pam Dickler, director of the 1998 production of The Love Song of Saul Alinsky in Chicago that included a panel discussion featuring then-State Sen. Barack Obama, has a video tape of the play.

And she won’t release it.

“There is only one archive tape of the play and I have it,” Dickler informed our source. “It is not in Chicago.”

Dickler told our source that she doesn’t believe she’s ever watched the tape, and she doesn’t know if it “can be viewed.” But she added: “No one is going to see the tape.”

She said she felt “very protective over it … due to all of the interest from conservatives recently.” She also told our source that the poster for the play was never supposed to be distributed.

Dickler added that there were no transcripts of the panel discussion.

“They didn’t know he was going to go on to become the president,” she said. “If they had known that, they would have of course kept any transcripts, but there were never any taken.”

Mainstream journalists have attempted to dismiss yesterday's column by Andrew Breitbart about the play by claiming that Obama had merely attended the production--a defense hinted at by Chicago Reader columnist Michael Miner's initial column.

However--as even Miner noted--Obama did not merely attend the play; he was featured on the poster and in the panel discussion that followed.

So, if the play’s so harmless, why are Obama’s allies hiding it?

Why not release the video tape?

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and now, the rest of the story...

From: [www.chicagoreader.com]
Pam Dickler was at work Monday in New York City when the phone rang. It was a guy calling from a 773 number, and it was about the play she’d directed back in Chicago for the Terrapin Theatre in 1998, The Love Song of Saul Alinsky. This was the play the late Andrew Breitbart had just written about in his last, posthumously published blog post. Barack Obama had been on a panel that talked about Alinsky after one of the Sunday performances, and to Breitbart this was highly suspicious, even more evidence (as if the right-wing needed more) that Obama was a radical lefty.

The caller asked Dickler if a video existed of the play and, if so, could he see it? Who are you with? Dickler asked. Nobody, said the caller. He was just curious.

Dickler recalled that one of the performances had been taped—by a single camera at the back of the house. Theaters frequently make tapes of their shows for their archives. “It’s not something the public is ever meant to see,” Dickler tells me. She says she’s never watched the tape and isn’t sure where it is, or what format it was shot in, or whether 14 years later it’s even watchable.

But the play, by Herb Schapiro, has been published, and Dickler suggested her caller order a copy from Amazon. After he hung up she googled the name and phone number and traced the call to a prominent real estate firm in Chicago.

The next thing Dickler knew she was part of a cover-up.

more:[www.chicagoreader.com] including pics of George Romney shaking hands with this radical and writing, "I think you ought to listen to Alinsky. It seems to me that we are always talking to the same people. Maybe the time has come to hear new voices."
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Re: The genesis of a Breibart outrage
Posted by: beagledave
Date: March 08, 2012 02:20PM
I'm genuinely amused by this stuff.

Do the Breitbart drones honestly believe that anyone who voted for Obama in 2008 will be persuaded to NOT vote for him in 2012 based on what Obama did at Harvard or what plays he attended, friends he had in the past?

If Jeremiah Wright and the stories from the 2008 campaign cycle were not enough to scare Obama's voters away from the Kenyan socialist...why would this stuff ?


It's the economy, stupid. The extent to which Obama gets credit or blame for the economy will determine the swing vote...not grainy footage from Harvard or some play.

This is ironic, though.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/08/2012 02:22PM by beagledave.
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Re: The genesis of a Breibart outrage
Posted by: Grace62
Date: March 08, 2012 02:25PM
That Breitbart stuff is so tiresome. What a legacy.

I would guess that most people who get riled up when Newt Gingrich prattles on about "Saul Alinsky" don't have a clue who the guy was or what he accomplished. In ways that I admire, he's the opposite of these holier-than-thou social conservatives.


I love this quote of his.

ALINSKY: ... if there is an afterlife, and I have anything to say about it, I will unreservedly choose to go to hell.
PLAYBOY: Why?
ALINSKY: Hell would be heaven for me. All my life I've been with the have-nots. Over here, if you're a have-not, you're short of dough. If you're a have-not in hell, you're short of virtue. Once I get into hell, I'll start organizing the have-nots over there.
PLAYBOY: Why them?
ALINSKY: They're my kind of people.
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Re: The genesis of a Breibart outrage
Posted by: Gutenberg
Date: March 08, 2012 02:34PM
Alinsky was not Beelzebub. I think that the authorities chased him incessantly because they assumed he was Soviet.

He was nonviolent and he had a sense of humor. He was a great community organizer. ACORN, like just about everyone else, misrepresented his teachings. ACORN would still be in business today if its organizers had actually read "Rules for Radicals."
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Re: The genesis of a Breibart outrage
Posted by: $tevie
Date: March 08, 2012 03:31PM
I think breitbart.com should send James O'Keefe into Dickler's office, dressed as a telephone-repairing pimp, to offer her $5 million dollars for the tape.



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Re: The genesis of a Breibart outrage
Posted by: mstudio
Date: March 08, 2012 03:39PM
I met Alinsky many years ago, I just remember him as being this really nice old Jewish guy. Great speaker, made so much sense. My friends from college at the time were jealous.
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Re: The genesis of a Breibart outrage
Posted by: mick e
Date: March 08, 2012 04:00PM
Why do you hate freedom?




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Re: The genesis of a Breibart outrage
Posted by: RgrF
Date: March 08, 2012 04:42PM
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beagledave
I'm genuinely amused by this stuff.

Do the Breitbart drones honestly believe that anyone who voted for Obama in 2008 will be persuaded to NOT vote for him in 2012 based on what Obama did at Harvard or what plays he attended, friends he had in the past?

If Jeremiah Wright and the stories from the 2008 campaign cycle were not enough to scare Obama's voters away from the Kenyan socialist...why would this stuff ?

It's about ginning up anti Obama forces, nothing to do with peeling off his supporters.
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Re: The genesis of a Breibart outrage
Posted by: Ted King
Date: March 08, 2012 04:52PM
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RgrF

It's about ginning up anti Obama forces, nothing to do with peeling off his supporters.

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Re: The genesis of a Breibart outrage
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: March 09, 2012 02:03AM
I'm pretty sure the tape connects him directly to 9-11 and bin Laden. That's why he had bin Laden killed. B-L had the only other copy of the tape.
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Re: The genesis of a Breibart outrage
Posted by: $tevie
Date: March 09, 2012 09:59AM
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Lux Interior
I'm pretty sure the tape connects him directly to 9-11 and bin Laden. That's why he had bin Laden killed. B-L had the only other copy of the tape.

Now THAT makes sense!



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