I know, I know- just shocking that Breitbart got something wrong.
SO… just under 2 weeks ago Breitbart’s editor at large Ben Shapiro broke the story that Chuck Hagel had taken money from “Friends of Hamas” for a speaking engagement. He cited an unnamed “senate source” and claims that White House assistant communications director Eric Schults refused to comment and hung up on him- implying he was trying to hide the truth.
But of course, the truth was something quite different. “Friends of Hamas” doesn’t exist. Those journalists with some intelligence and integrity actually bothered to question the existence of a front group dumb enough to use the name of a terrorist organization. And of course there was no evidence that such a group existed.
Which of course didn’t stop right-wing(nut) “news” sources such as tthe washington times and the esaminer, and numerous bloggers from repeating the story. For a good laugh go do a search at google setting the dates from Feb. 7th to the 17th and you can see for yourself some of the rabid frothing at the mouth over this “news”
Well, now we know the source of the claims. It appears NY Daily News reporter, Dan Friedman was questioning a republican senate aide and:
The names were so over-the-top, so linked to terrorism in the Middle East, that it was clear I was talking hypothetically and hyperbolically. No one could take seriously the idea that organizations with those names existed — let alone that a former senator would speak to them.
The source never responded, and I moved on.“
But of course, Breitbart and Shapiro seem unwilling to publish a retraction. To admit they were wrong. (Understandable perhaps- if they had to do this every time they printed lies and innuendo…well…wouldn’t be much of a website)
Sadly, many of the rights, particularly the far rights “news sources” deal in innuendo, exaggerations, things taken out of context, and outright lies.