It’s common knowledge that the media helped elect Obama in 2008 and continued to be his greatest defender throughout his presidency. A new photo has come to light however, which shows just how far one journalist went to protect him.
In 2005, Obama was photographed with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. The journalist who took the photo was Askia Muhammad. The photo was covered up for fear it would hurt Obama politically.
From Talking Points Memo:
The Photo That Never Saw The Light of Day: Obama With Farrakhan In 2005
A journalist announced last week that he will publish a photograph of then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama (D) and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan that he took in 2005 at a Congressional Black Caucus meeting, but did not make public because he believed it would have “made a difference” to Obama’s political future.
The photographer, Askia Muhammad, told the Trice Edney News Wire that he “gave the picture up at the time and basically swore secrecy.”
— Talking Points Memo (@TPM) January 25, 2018
I cannot imagine being a journalist and sitting on a photograph _because_ it would have made a difference to a politician's career. This is super not okay! https://t.co/675XTdcWxQ
— Dara Lind (@DLind) January 25, 2018
Put another way, Obama met with Farrakhan at a Congressional Black Caucus meeting in 2005, and not a single person in attendance leaked that information until now. https://t.co/MytQ1PsuAm pic.twitter.com/aMLoKDmdc1
— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) January 25, 2018