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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Reporter Inadvertently Starts Chuck Hagel Rumor

Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Armed Services Committee's confirmation hearing on  Jan. 31, 2013. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Armed Services Committee’s confirmation hearing on Jan. 31, 2013. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

During the confirmation hearings for Chuck Hagel’s nomination as Secretary of Defense, Hagel ran into opposition from some Republicans over allegations that he had received funding from foreign sources.

A screenshot of the Feb. 7, 2013, story by  Ben Shapiro in Breitbart News. (breitbart.com)

A screenshot of the Feb. 7, 2013, story by Ben Shapiro in Breitbart News (click to expand).

Among the allegations swirling was a rumor that Hagel had received money for speaking to a group called “Friends of Hamas.”

Senator Rand Paul said that he found the allegations “very concerning.”

Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said that “rumors of Chuck Hagel’s having received funds from Friends of Hamas,” would, if true, “disqualify him.”

And on Lou Dobbs’ Fox Business show, a columnist from National Review brought up the group “Friends of Hamas” as an example of what Hagel might be hiding.

But it turns out the allegations of Hagel receiving foreign funding are not true.

The group “Friends of Hamas” does not exist, and Chuck Hagel has never had anything to do with any such group.

So how does a rumor like that start?

Writer Dan Friedman of the New York Daily News says that in this case, he knows exactly how it started – he was the unwitting source.


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  • PoliticsWatcher

    Brietbart brings the lies again.  And notice the bias at Fox (“not confirmed YET”).

  • Lavada

    More of the usual lies by the mainstream media.


  • Ted

    “The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media.”  …William Colby,  former director of the CIA..

  • Vance

    I have returned to my computer after some other work and noticed that a comment posted here earlier has been deleted.

    Would you, Robin or your team of intellectual prostitutes at Here and Now please explain your actions?
    From that comment I refer to that is now “missing” below, what was said obvious hurt you deeply.
    Being called  a media dupe or clown or whore hit right at home.
    So rather than post the comment, delete it so others can’t read it and decide for themselves.
    You are no better than the rest in the media.
    A stooge to be used by the ruling class to advance their agenda.

    • Rachel Rohr, Here & Now

      Hi Vance, No comments have been deleted from this post or any post on our website today. WordPress has a comment filter that occasionally catches comments, but I’ve checked that filter and there’s nothing there. Our general policy is to remove comments that contain swears, threats or abusive language. 

      • Vance

        Its after 9 PM EDT and I noticed that the comment I said was deleted has appeared. Its the comment by Ben.
        Up to around 3:30 PM this afternoon, it was not there.
        Thanks you all.

  • Ted

    “The hand that rules the press, the screen, the radio, and the far-spread magazine, rules the country”. -Judge Learned Hand,
    Memorial service for Justice Brandeis, December 21, 1942   (1872-1961)

    He who controls the media controls the world.

    How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don’t think.-Adolf Hitler 

    “When all think alike, no one thinks very much.” — Walter Lippmann

  • Blue_To_Shoe

    Breitbart lives…!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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