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(New York Daily News)   So, the GOP is filibustering Chuck Hagel because of his association with "Friends of Hamas", a non-existent group that conservative media said existed. Turns out the rumor started because a GOP staffer didn't get that a reporter was being sarcastic   (nydailynews.com) divider line 354
    More: Obvious, Hagel, Hamas, GOP, Breitbart News, Ben Shapiro, liberal bias, speaking fee, National Review  
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2013-02-20 10:25:51 AM  
But Benghazi is still a scandal, right?
 
2013-02-20 10:29:11 AM  

DamnYankees: But Benghazi is still a scandal, right?


No, but Ben Shapiro appears to be.
 
2013-02-20 10:34:20 AM  

Hard to fault Shapiro personally, deceiving your audience is standard operating procedure for entire conservative media ecology.

- Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias) February 20, 2013
 
2013-02-20 10:37:05 AM  
That sounds about right.  Easier to pretend to be scared when you've got a handy scare group to be afraid about.
 
2013-02-20 10:37:54 AM  
Not quite. Reached Tuesday, Shapiro acknowledged "Friends of Hamas" might not exist. But he said his story used "very, very specific language" to avoid flatly claiming it did.

"The story as reported is correct. Whether the information I was given by the source is correct I am not sure," he said.


Wow.  Just wow.

Responsible journalism at its finest.

And here's a bit from the Breitbart piece by Shapiro:

Called for comment and reached via telephone, Associate Communications Director at the White House Eric Schultz identified himself, heard the question, was silent for several seconds, and then hung up the phone immediately without comment. Called back via the White House switchboard, Schultz's phone rang through to his answering machine. Called on his cell phone, Schultz's phone rang through to his answering machine.

I'm just waiting for some fine member of the Derp Brigade to claim, "If it was a fake organization, why didn't they just say so and be done with it?  WHAT IS THE WHITE HOUSE HIDING?!"

A question-begging epithet, writ large.
 
2013-02-20 10:41:04 AM  

Diogenes: I'm just waiting for some fine member of the Derp Brigade to claim, "If it was a fake organization, why didn't they just say so and be done with it?  WHAT IS THE WHITE HOUSE HIDING?!"


I think this is the real issue. If this was a fake organization, why did it take the Obama administration such a long time to say so? Why, when asked directly about this issue, did they equivocate and not immediately say it was fake? This is a colossal organizational error on the part of the White House, and their failure to be direct and honest with the American people is extremely troubling. We need to find out what happened here before we can possibly consider moving forward with its defense secretary nomination, who's nominee is now inextricably intertwined in this very trouble scandal.
 
2013-02-20 10:46:36 AM  

DamnYankees: Diogenes: I'm just waiting for some fine member of the Derp Brigade to claim, "If it was a fake organization, why didn't they just say so and be done with it?  WHAT IS THE WHITE HOUSE HIDING?!"

I think this is the real issue. If this was a fake organization, why did it take the Obama administration such a long time to say so? Why, when asked directly about this issue, did they equivocate and not immediately say it was fake? This is a colossal organizational error on the part of the White House, and their failure to be direct and honest with the American people is extremely troubling. We need to find out what happened here before we can possibly consider moving forward with its defense secretary nomination, who's nominee is now inextricably intertwined in this very trouble scandal.


Nice.  Just the right dash of smarm and everything.

Hard to deny this is SOP when it's so easy to replicate the playbook.
 
2013-02-20 10:48:05 AM  

Diogenes: Nice.  Just the right dash of smarm and everything.


I wrote that trying to imagine what someone like Lindsay Graham might say if it came up. I would not be surprised if this argument actually did start making the rounds on conservative blogs.
 
2013-02-20 10:55:20 AM  

kronicfeld: DamnYankees: But Benghazi is still a scandal, right?

No, but Ben Shapiro appears to be.


Fun fact: Ben Shapiro's full name is Benghazi "Scandal" Shapiro.

Also, one commenter on the article was like, "If there is no Friends of Hamas, why do they have a website?" and linked to this (warning: website is very silly and animated). Yeah, that seems legit.
 
2013-02-20 11:01:16 AM  

mahuika: kronicfeld: DamnYankees: But Benghazi is still a scandal, right?

No, but Ben Shapiro appears to be.

Fun fact: Ben Shapiro's full name is Benghazi "Scandal" Shapiro.

Also, one commenter on the article was like, "If there is no Friends of Hamas, why do they have a website?" and linked to this (warning: website is very silly and animated). Yeah, that seems legit.


*snert*  It's like Homer's Mr. X site.
 
2013-02-20 11:04:05 AM  

mahuika: kronicfeld: DamnYankees: But Benghazi is still a scandal, right?

No, but Ben Shapiro appears to be.

Fun fact: Ben Shapiro's full name is Benghazi "Scandal" Shapiro.

Also, one commenter on the article was like, "If there is no Friends of Hamas, why do they have a website?" and linked to this (warning: website is very silly and animated). Yeah, that seems legit.


Well, *I* feel terrorized after visiting that site
 
2013-02-20 11:05:54 AM  
 
2013-02-20 11:09:04 AM  
What should we expect from someone with the initials B.S., who writes for Brietfart.com?
 
2013-02-20 11:09:34 AM  
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-02-20 11:10:13 AM  

mahuika: Also, one commenter on the article was like, "If there is no Friends of Hamas, why do they have a website?" and linked to this (warning: website is very silly and animated). Yeah, that seems legit.


oh wow I love the animated pixel art corgi
 
2013-02-20 11:13:23 AM  

JerseyTim: Shaprio doubles down.


Oh good grief.  Obvious douche is obvious.  And a douche.
 
2013-02-20 11:18:10 AM  

Diogenes: And here's a bit from the Breitbart piece by Shapiro:

Called for comment and reached via telephone, Associate Communications Director at the White House Eric Schultz identified himself, heard the question, was silent for several seconds, and then hung up the phone immediately without comment. Called back via the White House switchboard, Schultz's phone rang through to his answering machine. Called on his cell phone, Schultz's phone rang through to his answering machine.


It's hard to talk on the phone when your hands are busy cradling your head in anguish.
 
2013-02-20 11:38:19 AM  
7 Feb: On Thursday, Senate sources told Breitbart News exclusively...

20 Feb: Our Senate source denies...

Instead of determining whether a "Friends of Hamas" exists, something pretty darn easy to do holistically, Shapiro called the White House and asked whether the rumor was true. The White House didn't respond. He ran with the story, which he now calls (clip and save this phrase) "accurate and clearly caveated." As if adding a caveat -- an acknowledgement that a story might have holes -- is as good as reporting out the damn story. Sometimes, when you report it out, it falls apart.

Link
 
2013-02-20 11:39:07 AM  
I am shocked and amazed that a republican would get his facts wrong. No, truly, this has never before happened, to my knowledge.
 
2013-02-20 11:39:55 AM  
Most of the shiat they cry about is made up. Nothing new here.
 
2013-02-20 11:46:23 AM  

Lord_Baull: I am shocked and amazed that a republican would get his facts wrong. No, truly, this has never before happened, to my knowledge.


I'd be a lot more shocked if one of the f*ckwits got their facts right
 
2013-02-20 11:47:45 AM  
"Friends of Hamas": The Scary-Sounding Pro-Hagel Group That Doesn't Actually Exist
... after the Atlantic Council released a list of funders, "Friends of Hamas" was nowhere on it. The point of the accusation is that Hagel has criticized Israel, so it's only natural to ask if he's receiving laundered terror money. As the Center for Security Policy's Frank Gaffney put it in the Washington Times: "At this writing and absent the requested disclosure, it cannot be determined whether Mr. Hagel is literally associated with the 'friends' of a designated terrorist organization. The mere fact, though, that it seems entirely plausible - given the nominee's record of hostility toward Israel and his affinity for its enemies (including Hamas' longtime sponsor, Iran) - his refusal to make the sort of disclosure expected of all Cabinet appointees should be the last straw for Senate Republicans and Democrats alike."
But the "Friends" accusation goes further than that. It supposes that a pro-terror group exists, and further supposes that the non-existent group would back Hagel somehow. This morning I wrote [Ben] Shapiro to clear up the accusation. "Have you found any more proof that this group exists?" I asked. "Is it just shorthand for some people who might support Hagel, or a real group?" [Shapiro offers no such proof]
 
2013-02-20 11:48:22 AM  
Heh... Just when you though the GOP couldn't get more ridiculous.
 
2013-02-20 11:49:12 AM  
So let me get this straight.  Several members of "the greatest deliberative body in the world", member of an exclusive club of 100 who have major say in the destiny of 320 million Americans and the largest economy on earth, have decided that they will deny the President his traditional and venerable privilege of being allowed to choose who will advise him,  not because of that nominees record, which they reviewed in detail at in person hearings, but because of something some quasi-blogger media type (falsely) CLAIMED, with absolutely no supporting evidence,  he did?

Jesus. we really are doomed aren't we?  I think I know what it must have felt like to be a Roman citizen the day they crowned Commodus as emeperor.
 
2013-02-20 11:49:12 AM  
FTFA: The author, Ben Shapiro, wrote that a White House spokesman hung up on him when he called for comment. That went in the story - to buttress the assertion that the White House didn't deny the claim. Reached Tuesday, Shapiro acknowledged "Friends of Hamas" might not exist. But he said his story used "very, very specific language" to avoid flatly claiming it did. "The story as reported is correct. Whether the information I was given by the source is correct I am not sure," he said.

This needs to be brought up whenever some doucheturd around here worships that psuedo-reporter bullshiat peddler Shapiro.
 
2013-02-20 11:49:24 AM  
OK, so this organization doesn't exist. But the very fact that it could've existed, and if it did that Chuck Hagel might've spoken to them, is extremely troubling. Benghazi.
 
2013-02-20 11:49:41 AM  

Dusk-You-n-Me: 7 Feb: On Thursday, Senate sources told Breitbart News exclusively...

20 Feb: Our Senate source denies...

Instead of determining whether a "Friends of Hamas" exists, something pretty darn easy to do holistically, Shapiro called the White House and asked whether the rumor was true. The White House didn't respond. He ran with the story, which he now calls (clip and save this phrase) "accurate and clearly caveated." As if adding a caveat -- an acknowledgement that a story might have holes -- is as good as reporting out the damn story. Sometimes, when you report it out, it falls apart.

Link


Someone should check if "Senate source" actually exists.
 
2013-02-20 11:50:21 AM  
Joke flies over Republican heads.  Film at 11:00.
 
2013-02-20 11:50:49 AM  

DamnYankees: Diogenes: Nice.  Just the right dash of smarm and everything.

I wrote that trying to imagine what someone like Lindsay Graham might say if it came up. I would not be surprised if this argument actually did start making the rounds on conservative blogs.


Should fark plant those seeds and watch the creation unfold?
 
2013-02-20 11:51:00 AM  

No wait.  He gets derpier.


Ben Shapiro

Friday, Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League did what he's most fond of doing: he focused his ire on a friend of Israel rather than an enemy in order to protect his allies in the Democratic Party. This time, he's attacked staunch philo-Semite and pro-Israel bulwark Rush Limbaugh.

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I am an Orthodox Jew, so I feel quite free to speak out on this. Abe Foxman's statements are ridiculous, insulting, and wrongheaded. He should apologize to Rush immediately.

Here's why: Rush was clearly pillorying Obama for using anti-Semitic code words. There is no question that over the centuries, anti-Semites have used "banker" as a code word for "Jew." And there is also no question that Jews understand that the code word is a covert anti-Semitic ploy, as this Nazi-era cartoon from Der Stuermer clearly shows:

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2013-02-20 11:51:23 AM  

keylock71: Heh... Just when you though the GOP couldn't get more ridiculous.


If we've learned one thing from the last twenty years or so, it's that the the GOP can always get more ridiculous.
 
2013-02-20 11:51:33 AM  

keylock71: Heh... Just when you though the GOP couldn't get more ridiculous.


farm9.staticflickr.com
 
2013-02-20 11:51:37 AM  
Jesus. And the Republicans wonder why they're the biggest laughing stock in the western world.

... Alright, so they're not capable of that level of introspection, but hey, it's a figure of speech.
 
2013-02-20 11:51:45 AM  
WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
INSANITY IS SANITY
FICTION IS REALITY
 
2013-02-20 11:51:47 AM  

GAT_00: That sounds about right.  Easier to pretend to be scared when you've got a handy scare group to be afraid about.


The fear in them is real.  Conservatives are constantly frightened, and constantly on the lookout for a way to rationalize their fear.
 
2013-02-20 11:53:08 AM  

mahuika: Also, one commenter on the article was like, "If there is no Friends of Hamas, why do they have a website?" and linked to this (warning: website is very silly and animated). Yeah, that seems legit.


i.imgur.com
 
2013-02-20 11:53:21 AM  
Ben Shapiro is an evil man.  He knows he is lying, and doesn't care.  And why should he?  There's no one to fire him, and there are enough people who are happy to be lied to on a regular basis (Breitbart readers) that he doesn't have to worry about writing himself out of a job.
 
2013-02-20 11:53:54 AM  
Is this like Friends of the Library? Because I dropped a twenty in a donation bucket once and those bastards will not stop emailing me.
 
2013-02-20 11:54:34 AM  

MAXIMUM DERP



Ben Shapiro

I write to you as a charter member of the tribe. I'm not only Jewish, I'm religious. I'm married to an Israeli girl (she'll receive her citizenship next year and she is a proud soon-to-be American). I go to synagogue regularly, keep kosher, keep the Sabbath.

American Jews, I have one request of you: please pull your heads out of your posteriors.

I mean that in all sincerity. Your continued support for Democrats and an administration that is openly anti-Semitic is a disgrace. Your embrace of a party that seeks to hamstring Israel in the name of a wholly fictitious Middle East peace process is contemptible. Your loyalty to a president who consistently sides with Palestinian and Iranian mass murder-supporters is disgusting.

Your backing of a man who has spent his life surrounding himself with the worst anti-Semites America has to offer
-- Jeremiah Wright, Rashid Khalidi (former Palestinian terrorist spokesman), Louis Farrakhan ("I don't like the way [Jews] leech on us"), Samantha Power, Robert Malley, to name a few -- is nothing short of reprehensible. Rahm Emanuel's presence in the Obama cabinet doesn't ameliorate Obama's anti-Semitism -- it just provides it convenient cover. Al Sharpton wrongly called Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell "house negroes"; Emanuel is a kapo.

Even as you continue to buttress a president who seeks the destruction of your co-religionists, you demonstrate your myopia by rejecting the tea party movement and evangelical Christian Israel-supporters.

The tea party movement is your ally for three important reasons. First, it supports capitalism against the forces of socialism -- and capitalism keeps America strong enough to provide Israel with a hand against its evil adversaries. Second, American Jews are, by far, the highest-earning religious group in the United States -- the tea party fights for your right to keep your money. Third, the tea party stands against government overreach -- and in an era when government overreach promotes anti-religious secularism, Jews must stand with the tea party.

Your rejection of evangelical Christians is even more idiotic. Evangelical Christians are the only major voting bloc preventing President Obama from breaking ties with Israel. When Janet Porter, an evangelical Florida talk show host, heard about Obama's anti-Israel tyranny, she responded by asking her listeners to buy dozens of yellow roses to send to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office as a show of support. The price per dozen: $19.48, in honor of the year of Israel's founding (1948). Over 14,000 flowers were delivered. Meanwhile, Adm. James Jones, Obama's national security adviser and the man who brought Jew-hater Zbigniew Brzezinski into Obama's inner circle, was busy telling anti-Semitic jokes before the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
 
2013-02-20 11:56:19 AM  
if Friends of Hamas doesn't exist, why was I forwarded 20 chain emails concerning their involvement with Hagel?


.......I'm just asking questions here.
 
2013-02-20 11:56:32 AM  

Wyalt Derp: OK, so this organization doesn't exist. But the very fact that it could've existed, and if it did that Chuck Hagel might've spoken to them, is extremely troubling. Benghazi.



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SAY BENGHAZI ONE MORE TIME, MOTHERFARKER, I DARE YOU!!!!
 
2013-02-20 11:57:00 AM  

Magorn: Jesus. we really are doomed aren't we? I think I know what it must have felt like to be a Roman citizen the day they crowned Commodus as emeperor.


To be fair, the real Commodus, and not the one seen in Gladiator, could have killed the entire senate with just his pinkie.
 
2013-02-20 11:57:01 AM  
www.getbig.com
 
2013-02-20 11:57:47 AM  
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oh my gosh swim little guy swim :3
 
2013-02-20 11:57:53 AM  
I watched his confirmation hearing. He did a horrible job.
 
2013-02-20 11:58:12 AM  

InmanRoshi: if Friends of Hamas doesn't exist, why was I forwarded 20 chain emails concerning their involvement with Hagel?


.......I'm just asking questions here.


There is a Friends with Humus social group here in Ottawa.
 
2013-02-20 11:59:17 AM  
Ben Shapiro: Rush was clearly pillorying Obama for using anti-Semitic code words. There is no question that over the centuries, anti-Semites have used "banker" as a code word for "Jew." And there is also no question that Jews understand that the code word is a covert anti-Semitic ploy, as this Nazi-era cartoon from Der Stuermer clearly shows:
==

Racists like Limbaugh love this variety of race-baiting. Its a form of plausible deniability. And you know Shapiro knows it, precisely because he has to preface his defense by establishing his identity politic bona-fides as an "Orthodox Jew." Since Shapiro claims he's more "Jew" than the ADL, his interpretation should be the one that is accepted. Yet another reason why Shapiro shouldn't be taken seriously by anyone.
 
2013-02-20 11:59:28 AM  

DamnYankees: Diogenes: I'm just waiting for some fine member of the Derp Brigade to claim, "If it was a fake organization, why didn't they just say so and be done with it?  WHAT IS THE WHITE HOUSE HIDING?!"

I think this is the real issue. If this was a fake organization, why did it take the Obama administration such a long time to say so? Why, when asked directly about this issue, did they equivocate and not immediately say it was fake? This is a colossal organizational error on the part of the White House, and their failure to be direct and honest with the American people is extremely troubling. We need to find out what happened here before we can possibly consider moving forward with its defense secretary nomination, who's nominee is now inextricably intertwined in this very trouble scandal.


I refuse to take the lamestream media's word that Friends of Hamas is a fake.

The fact that there is no evidence of the group's current or prior activities is not proof that Hagel is not a terrorist sympathizers.  Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.  This guiding principle, after all, is the foundation of Creation Science and other faith-based fields of study.

And now we hear troubling allegations of Hagel's association with the Junior League of Hezbollah and the Little bin-Ladin Hajji Achievers.

Where there's smoke, there's a fire.  Even if these organizations are *finger quotes* fake *finger quotes*, the reality is that the allegations are out there.  They wouldn't exist if there weren't some underlying truth to the subtext that the Obama Administration is not unfriendly to terrorist organizations.

Look, I'm just trying to figure out what's going on here.  I'm just asking questions.  Why aren't the media?  It's their job, after all.  To ask questions. And not to carry water for the Jihadist-In-Chief.
 
2013-02-20 12:00:33 PM  

BalugaJoe: I watched his confirmation hearing. He did a horrible job.


Yeah, but that's a legitimate criticism.  That will never be heard.

I was kind of "meh" about his nomination.  But seeing the GOP got apeshiat like this?  Confirms he's the right man for the job, to me.
 
2013-02-20 12:00:41 PM  
jesus christ..
 
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