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Wed Feb 27, 2013, 06:54 AM

Pain from Breitbart.com hoaxes goes bipartisan

Opponents of Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel are fuming in the aftermath of sloppy work by their allies that has backfired and risks turning their cause into a joke.

The bumble: A thinly sourced claim that Hagel had taken money from a heretofore unheard of group called "Friends of Hamas," floated by the conservative website Breitbart.com, and sourced to Capitol Hill.

The shadowy group "Friends of Hamas," which Hagel was accused of receiving donations from, appears to have originated as a joke from a reporter to his source that the source then spread to others as a fact, according to an account by the reporter, Dan Friedman of the New York Daily News, on Wednesday.

Friedman's joke became went viral when it appeared in a Breitbart News article as information coming from Senate sources. Opponents of Hagel, including former Gov. Mike Huckabee, started picking up on it and publicly citing it to demand that Hagel release more financial records.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/anti-hagel-campaigners-furious-over-friends-of-hamas-blooper

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Reply Pain from Breitbart.com hoaxes goes bipartisan (Original post)
ck4829 Feb 2013 OP
Kolesar Feb 2013 #1
LisaLynne Feb 2013 #4
Hissyspit Feb 2013 #2
Guy Whitey Corngood Feb 2013 #6
catbyte Feb 2013 #7
Hissyspit Feb 2013 #11
Plucketeer Feb 2013 #14
formercia Feb 2013 #3
alcibiades_mystery Feb 2013 #5
Mnpaul Feb 2013 #8
mountain grammy Feb 2013 #9
Bernardo de La Paz Feb 2013 #10
freshwest Feb 2013 #18
central scrutinizer Feb 2013 #12
ck4829 Feb 2013 #13
BlueStreak Feb 2013 #17
Ikonoklast Feb 2013 #19
KharmaTrain Feb 2013 #15
BlueStreak Feb 2013 #16

Response to ck4829 (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 07:18 AM

1. gop flakes are going to claiming this group exists for another four years

This is a problem.

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Response to Kolesar (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 08:38 AM

4. Yeah, "Friends of Hamas" will become the new Acorn. nt

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Response to ck4829 (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 08:34 AM

2. Anyone GENUINELY surprised that Breitbart.com does "sloppy work"

is a fucking idiot.

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Response to Hissyspit (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 08:55 AM

6. "BEHAVE YOURSELF. BEHAVE YOURSELF. STOP RAP .....Aaaaargh my heart...." plop!

Too soon?

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Response to Guy Whitey Corngood (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 09:01 AM

7. Never, GWC!

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Response to Guy Whitey Corngood (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 09:30 AM

11. Not for me.

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Response to Guy Whitey Corngood (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 09:51 AM

14. Hell....

it wouldn't have been "too soon" the very DAY of that "plop!" RIT Andrew!

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Response to ck4829 (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 08:36 AM

3. Since when does the GOP live in a Reality-based Environment?

""This sort of thing drives me crazy because it undermines legitimate concerns about Sen. Hagel, his views and financial associations," said a Senate Republican aide involved with the anti-Hagel efforts. "In this business we deal in facts or the pursuit of facts and making up groups like the Friends of Hamas distracts us from legitimate questions as to what private foreign foundations and wealthy foreign individuals are contributing to the Atlantic Council or investing in Sen. Hagel's firms." "

That is so precious......

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Response to ck4829 (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 08:52 AM

5. Chuck Hagel = SecDef for four years

Breitbart and the Senate GOP can go fuck a knobby tree.

"Opponents of Hagel..."

Yeah, they lost. That's the story. These idiots lost, and badly.

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Response to ck4829 (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 09:04 AM

8. Live by the Breitbart

Die by the Breitbart

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Response to Mnpaul (Reply #8)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 09:10 AM

9. Now, those are words to live by.

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Response to ck4829 (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 09:28 AM

10. Repubbies believe anything. They believe Bachmann, Oily Taitz, Ted McCarthy Cruz, Akin & more. nt

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #10)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 01:50 PM

18. Weird, reminds me of the Aaron Tippin song about doing what's right and being a puppet.

I always though of it as a rightwing song, but the GOP doesn't stand for doing anything right. They are bought and paid for Koch puppets. They're only about the money.

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Response to ck4829 (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 09:33 AM

12. Friends of Hamas were behind Benghazi!

you heard it here first.

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Response to central scrutinizer (Reply #12)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 09:35 AM

13. Don't believe the liberal media lie that a so-called 'iceberg' sank the Titanic

It was clearly the Friends of Hamas trying to create a fabrication that global warming exists so they could turn the US into a Sharia-Marxist state with mandatory gay marriage.

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Response to ck4829 (Reply #13)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 10:16 AM

17. The Hindenberg was brought down by the evil "Friends of Hydrogen" gang

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Response to central scrutinizer (Reply #12)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 02:15 PM

19. You got it all mixed up, even worse than Breitfart.

The real story is about a secretive Islamic group that loves them some delicious cured, smoked pork products.


What really happened was that one of their members, a guy named Binyamin Ghazi was seen eating a nice thick slice of ham as breakfast.


So that is why Hagel is getting all the crap from Republicans.

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Response to ck4829 (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 10:00 AM

15. Desperate People Make Stupid Mistakes...

...Hagel's opponents were so anxious to find something/anything to nail him with they glammed onto something they thought COULD be legit...shot first and let the pieces fall where they may. This tactic has worked many times in the past...we're still dealing with the "New" Panthers Party bullshit every election...as the right wing bubble usually protects the sources and allows the rumors to circulate and percolate.

For many years the wingnut poutrage was kept on hate radio and blogs...bantered about privately but you'd never hear that drivel entered into a Congressional record or used as an official party talking point. In the past the rushpublicans could count on a compliant beltway stenography pool to gloss over their bullshit and allow their silly talking points to play, but now that game has worn thin and bullshit is being called.

As the rushpublican party drift further off the political abyss look for more of this type of rumor and "I've heard" bullshit to continue. The "popularity" of Randy Paulbot and Shakedown Cruz will only encourage more of these antics. The adults in the rushpublican party have become irrelevant...

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Response to ck4829 (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 10:03 AM

16. Isn't Britebart dead yet?

How can we miss you if you won't leave?

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