How Breitbart.com Turned ‘Friends of Hamas’ Joke Into a Right-Wing Firestorm
breitbart.com editor Ben Shapiro wrote, “On Thursday, Senate sources told Breitbart News exclusively that they have been informed one of the reasons that President Barack Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, has not turned over requested documents on his sources of foreign funding is that one of the names listed is a group purportedly called ‘Friends of Hamas.’”
When Shapiro called the White House for comment, they hung up on him, which he took as confirmation. Shapiro ran the story and tweeted the link out to his more than 40,000 Twitter followers, touching off a right-wing media avalanche. The story was picked up by the National Review, redstate.org and other conservative media outlets. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee posited that this would be the end of Hagel’s nomination if the rumors were true
As the facts of the story spread, many are having a laugh at the expense of Shapiro and the right-wing media outlets that ran with the story. A satirical Friends of Hamas website was erected by Gawker’s Max Read, featuring Shapiro’s face, dancing images of anime characters and the slogan, “LOL nothing matters.”
Shapiro responded to Friedman’s Daily News piece by calling Friedman a “hack,” and writing, “Welcome to the Obama media, where protecting Chuck Hagel and attacking any media who question Hagel is par for the course.”
Wonder how long this bozo will continue to be taken seriously? He’s heading for DickMorrisville and the sooner he gets there, the better.