Not Right Wing Journalism’s Finest Hour

The entire right wing noise machine fell for a fake story
Wingnuts • Views: 25,695

When breitbart.com’s Ben Shapiro posted his now-infamous fake story about Chuck Hagel and “Friends of Hamas,” it’s noteworthy that the entire right wing media machine immediately jumped on the story and spread it far and wide. It’s difficult to find a right wing website that didn’t run the story; this is how they roll, with nearly instant unison parroting of stories that advance the agenda, whether obviously fake or not.

Today National Review editor Rich Lowry actually posted a correction — which is more than the majority of conservative sites will do: ‘Friends of Hamas’ - by Rich Lowry.

A week or so ago, Capitol Hill was swirling with rumors that Hagel might have been associated with a group called Friends of Hamas. These rumors were mentioned in this space (albeit conditionally and with grains of salt). It turns out that the group doesn’t exist and the rumor was based on a hypothetical question that then spread in a classic Washington game of telephone, as reported here.

This might seem like semi-responsible journalism, but watch: the next time one of these fake outrages floats by, they’ll jump aboard as if this never happened.

UPDATE at 2/20/13 12:45:06 pm

Since Lowry said in his post that the National Review “mentioned” the rumors “conditionally and with grains of salt,” let’s take a look at the words that actually appeared on their site. Call it “fact-checking,” if you will.

First, from Andrew McCarthy: Is Hagel Toast? - by Andrew C. McCarthy - the Corner - National Review Online

As John notes, Ben Shapiro has reported at the Breitbart site Big Peace that one of Hagel’s funding sources is a group purportedly called “Friends of Hamas.” That might make someone a good fit for president of Egypt, prime minister of Turkey, or any number of advisory posts on the White House staff. But given that being a “friend of Hamas” — at least the kind of friend who provides material support to that terrorist organization — is a crime in the United States, it may not be quite what the Senate is looking for in a secretary of defense.

How is that “conditional?” Is the word “purportedly” supposed to give them an out, even though the rest of the paragraph quite clearly treats it as a fact?

Second, from Andrew Stiles: Levin Defends Hagel, Calls GOP Disclosure Request ‘Unprecedented’ - by Andrew Stiles - the Corner - National Review Online.

Rumors abound on Capitol Hill that a full disclosure of Hagel’s professional ties would reveal financial relationships with a number of “unsavory” groups, including one purportedly called “Friends of Hamas.” The GOP aide said it was “noteworthy” that the White House has yet to deny the association. “Maybe it’s not true, but why not provide a list of groups he spoke to and remove all doubt?” the aide said.

There’s that “purportedly” again, followed by dark insinuations that the White House hasn’t denied the accusation.

Pretty obviously, the National Review’s writers pushed this story as factual, and they did much more than simply “mention” it — and Lowry’s attempt to picture it as “conditional” is just as ridiculous as the fake story itself.

Jump to top

Create a PageThis is the LGF Pages posting bookmarklet. To use it, drag this button to your browser's bookmark bar, and title it 'LGF Pages' (or whatever you like). Then browse to a site you want to post, select some text on the page to use for a quote, click the bookmarklet, and the Pages posting window will appear with the title, text, and any embedded video or audio files already filled in, ready to go.
Or... you can just click this button to open the Pages posting window right away.
Last updated: 2016-01-01 10:29 am PST
LGF User's Guide RSS Feeds Tweet

Help support Little Green Footballs!

Subscribe now for ad-free access!Register and sign in to a free LGF account before subscribing, and your ad-free access will be automatically enabled.

Recent PagesClick to refresh
Trump Budget Screws His Own Voters Because of Course It Doesnbcnews.com Karma is indeed a bitch. Especially true given that a high percentage of Trump voters are overwhelmingly elderly and dependent on entitlement programs such as Medicaire. The greatest trick Republicans have done is to convinve voters to vote against ...
Rocky-in-Connecticut
1 hour, 7 minutes ago
Views: 73 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
How Fonts Are Fueling the Culture Wars Why don’t we use blackletter anymore? The answer is literally “Hitler.” Nazi leadership used the Fraktur, an archetypal variety of blackletter, as their official typeface. They positioned it as a symbol of German national identity and denounced papers that ...
Tarkloon
3 hours, 28 minutes ago
Views: 160 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
On Trump and RussiaPresident Trump’s remarks regarding Russia as a candidate for President of the United States should have alarmed Americans regardless of party. Candidate Trump went out of his way to praise Vladimir Putin’s Russia, while simultaneously belittling the President of the ...
HappyWarrior
14 hours, 52 minutes ago
Views: 164 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Work, Not Sex? the Real Reason Chinese Women Bound Their Feet Girls who had their feet bound didn't lead a life of idle beauty but rather served a crucial economic purpose, especially in the countryside, where girls as young as 7 weaved, spun and did work by hand, Bossen said.Read ...
Birth Control Works
22 hours, 26 minutes ago
Views: 264 • Comments: 1 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Why Are All the Anti-Abortion Democrats Men? A troubling pattern emerges if you start looking at who in the Democratic Party supports women's reproductive rights and who doesn't. Though disappointing, it's far from surprising that all of the anti-abortion Democrats are men. Let me put that ...
Birth Control Works
22 hours, 39 minutes ago
Views: 336 • Comments: 1 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Virtual Reality Can Help You Feel More Empathy for Women Harassed at Abortion Clinics It's hard to understand what it feels like to be confronted or bullied outside a women's health center — until it happens to you. I'd never had that experience until last year, while reporting on the Supreme Court case ...
Birth Control Works
23 hours, 13 minutes ago
Views: 354 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Families of Chechen Gay Men Pressured to Sign ‘No Complaint’ Documents, Org Says The existence of anti-gay pogroms in Chechnya first surfaced in the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazet in April, reporting that hundreds of people had been detained and at least three are now thought to have died. Since then, police ...
Birth Control Works
23 hours, 30 minutes ago
Views: 266 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Indonesia’s Mass Rape Victims Are Waiting for Justice That May Never Come On July 15, 1998, then president BJ Habibie condemned the violence against women in a formal government apology. His new Reformasi government established a fact-finding committee to investigate the riots shortly after Suharto's fall. The National Commission on Violence ...
Birth Control Works
23 hours, 31 minutes ago
Views: 284 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Read a Book, Gamble With Your Life In 19th-century England, fears over women reading hit hysterical highs. Doctors — male and female — worried novels’ sensational plots could make ladies insane, infertile or prematurely “developed” (there were no such worries about men, whose constitutions were believed ...
Birth Control Works
23 hours, 41 minutes ago
Views: 262 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Weiner Must Pay for His “boner.”blog.timesunion.comBy Rob Hoffman on May 22, 2017 at 5:30 AM0(Editor’s note – This blog is dedicated to Fred Merkle, and his infamous “boner” on the base paths which cost the New York Giants the National League Pennant in 1908. Rest ...
rhoffman
1 day, 4 hours ago
Views: 288 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 1
Comments: 0
: 1