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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 10:27 AM

Hagel confirmation nearly scuttled by 'joke'

Major buzz in Washington today over a jaw-dropping mea culpa, in which a New York Daily News reporter confesses his role as the unwitting source of a rumour that nearly toppled Chuck Hagel, Team Obama's choice for defence secretary.

Turns out journalist Dan Friedman's intentions were ha-ha-funny when he asked a Republican source on Capitol Hill whether anyone knew which controversial groups were said to have paid Hagel big-money speaking fees.

"Hagel was in hot water for alleged hostility to Israel. So I asked my source, had Hagel given a speech to, say, the 'Junior League of Hezbollah, in France?' And what about 'Friends of Hamas?' ," Friedman recounts.

"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."


http://thestar.blogs.com/worlddaily/2013/02/were-not-making-this-up-but-someone-did.html

Pretty stupid thing to do.

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Response to Astrad (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 10:31 AM

1. No one ever "accused" Republicans of having a sense of humor

or of logic, or being swayed by simple facts.

It this will cause Cruz to ignite and burn, it was worth it.

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Response to Astrad (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 10:32 AM

2. See what happens when you don't clearly label your satire?

Let this be a lesson!

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Response to Astrad (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 10:34 AM

3. the insight it gives us in the "process"

a "reporter" makes a comment to a "source." Then the "source" goes to the right-wing bloggers and tells them the comment as if it is information.

People make a living out of telling people shit and then telling other people the shit that the first person tells them. This is the kind of clusterfuck that makes "news."

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Response to Astrad (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 10:34 AM

4. He did not realize the IQ of his audience was the temp. in the room...n/t

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Response to Astrad (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 10:44 AM

5. The problem is that Republican Senators would seize on this, not caring if it was true or not.

Ted Cruz accused Hagel of being an agent of North Korea. The whole nomination process for Hagel has been an effort at destroying his reputation and character.

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Response to Astrad (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 10:45 AM

6. This is a load of caca

They're going to use this nonsense to justify their ultimate cave when Hagel is confirmed.

Not that any of this extreme inside baseball really means anything, but they have to explain to independents why they were petulantly blocking something like this, while explaining to their lunatic base why they are "cravenly" allowing the vote, ultimately. This little piece of bullshit serves both purposes.

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Response to alcibiades_mystery (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 10:49 AM

7. No, they had planned to block Hagel over the recess weeks ago--it was in Politico, that

an anonymous source revealed that Repub Senators thought Hagel would withdraw (or the Dems or WH would dump him) if he wasn't confirmed by the recess--the quote was "let him twist in the wind" and then they could find more dirt on him, which they are still searching for, BTW.

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Response to Astrad (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 11:13 AM

8. They dont care if it is satire or not

 

They once used a Colbert segment against a Dem politician. They've used the union against dems. They dont care because all they want to do is slander to destroy the person. Remember when Obama was quoting McCain about the economy (if we talk about the economy, we lose)? Well, the republicans used that quote during the election as if Obama was talking his own record. Then they scream and howl about out of context soundbites.

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Response to Astrad (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 11:31 AM

9. exactly how Republicans give their 'big lies' wings. so similar to the nazi propaganda machine.

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