The TMZ version of the tape edits out Sterling's discussion of how blacks are treated in Israel. If the tape was truly about the exposure of racism, Sterling's comments about what goes on in Israel are certainly newsworthy.
Deadspin later posted an extended version of the tape, which included the section edited out by TMZ.
This is how the Times of Israel reported news of the extended tape:
An extended recording of racist remarks allegedly made by the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers was published Sunday by the website Deadspin, showing Donald Sterling making additional inflammatory remarks that were not in the original recording released Saturday .
“It’s the world! You go to Israel, the blacks are just treated like dogs,” Sterling allegedly says on the extended recording.
“The white Jews, there’s white Jews and black Jews, do you understand?”
His girlfriend, known only as V. Stiviano, asks him, “And are the black Jews less than the white Jews?”
“A hundred percent, fifty, a hundred percent…” the man in the recording, said to be Sterling, says. “It isn’t a question—we don’t evaluate what’s right and wrong, we live in a society. We live in a culture. We have to live within that culture.”
Here's how the Jewish Daily Forward reported on the extended tape:
In the new, 15-minute tape released Sunday by the U.S. website Deadspin, Sterling, 80, is heard telling Stiviano, 38, “You think I’m a racist …” which Stiviano denies. He insists that that’s what she thinks, that he has an “evil heart,” to which she replies, “I don’t think so. I think you have an amazing heart, honey, I think the people around you have poison mind, and have a way of thinking.”
At that point Sterling - born to American Jewish immigrant parents as Donald Tokowitz – seemingly tries to defend his views by putting them in an international context, singling out how blacks are treated in Israel.
Sterling: “It’s the world! You go to Israel, the blacks are just treated like dogs.”
Stiviano: “So you have to treat them like that too?”
Sterling: “The white Jews, there’s white Jews and black Jews, do you understand?”
Stiviano: “Are are the black Jews less than the white Jews?”
Sterling: “A hundred percent, fifty, a hundred percent.”
Stiviano: “And is that right?”
Sterling: “It isn’t a question – we don’t evaluate what’s right and wrong, we live in a society. We live in a culture. We have to live within that culture.”Was TMZ's Levin, someone else at TMZ, or someone else in the chain of command of the tape given to TMZ, standing with Rand Paul and protecting Israel and insuring the brouhaha of the released tapes wouldn't go beyond Sterling?