(National Sentinel) Bias: A shocking photo of a smiling then-Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., with anti-Semitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan taken in 2005 was purposely not published by the photographer.

The reason, Askia Muhammad told the Trice Edney News Wire, was because he did not want to harm Obama’s political future.

He says that if he had released the photo of Obama and Farrakhan at a Congressional Black Caucus meeting he believed it would have “made a difference” to Obama’s political future.

Instead, he “gave the picture up at the time and basically swore secrecy,” he said.

“But after the nomination was secured and all the way up until the inauguration; then for eight years after he was President, it was kept under cover,” Muhammad said, as noted by Talking Points Memo.

“I sort of understood what was going on,” Muhammad told TPM. “I promised and made arrangements to give the picture to Leonard Farrakhan,” the minister’s son-in-law and chief of staff.

“Realizing that I had given it up, I mean, it was sort of like a promise to keep the photograph secret,” Muhammad said.

When he was asked if he believed the photo would have made a difference in whether or not Obama’s political career would have advanced any further he said, “I insist. It absolutely would have made a difference.”

Click here to see the photo, which TPM published with the Muhammad’s permission.

Obama was regularly accused in some circles of being anti-Semitic during his presidency, for what some perceived as overly friendly relations with Islamic nations including Iran, while allowing the U.S. relationship with Israel to deteriorate.

In February Levin, on his daily radio show, blamed Obama for being an anti-Semite and the “biggest funder of terrorism the world has ever seen.”

“So, Obama is the biggest funder of terrorism the world has ever seen – $150 billion to the Islamo-nazis in Tehran. On top of that, another $1.7 billion or so in hard currency, flown into Tehran under cover of dark, for our hostages.”

Levin was responding to criticism in the media of President Donald J. Trump at the time, with some liberals describing him as anti-Semitic.

“Can someone show me anywhere at any time when Trump has demonstrated any level of anti-Semitism? It’s so absurd. It’s so absurd,” he said.

“The Democrat Party is now the party that breeds anti-Semitism. The Democrat Party is now the party that breeds Israel hate. The Democrat Party backed a man, Obama, who used the UN Security Council—They didn’t just vote; they were operating in the shadows behind the scenes. They used the UN Security Council to attack Israel’s security,” he said.

The National Sentinel‘s editor-in-chief, J. D. Heyes, said this is just another example of how the biased ‘mainstream media’ conspired to protect Obama at all costs.

“It’s no wonder the legacy media continues to be mistrusted and discounted by the American people,” he said, “and why news outlets like ours are growing.”

Even the far-Left Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks extremism, has labeled Farrakhan an anti-Semite. He has claimed that whites are a “race of devils,” declaration that “Hitler was a very great man,” labeling Judaism a “gutter religion,” among other things.

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