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Desperately Thrashing Breitbrats Misrepresent Boston Herald Anti-Hagel Op-Ed

Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 12:10:24 pm

Today at right wing propaganda outlet Breitbart.com, there are no less than 14 front-page articles (there may be more by the time you read this) attacking Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel in every possible way; I haven't seen the Breitbrats this worked up since last November.

And they're also up to the same old tricks again, misrepresenting an opinion piece in the Boston Herald as an official editorial: BOSTON HERALD TO OBAMA: WITHDRAW HAGEL. (h/t: Mark.)

Breitbart "News" says:

Monday night, the Boston Herald ran an editorial calling for President Obama to pull Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel...

But here's the page at the Boston Herald: Prez Should Pull Hagel's Nomination. It's clearly labeled as an Op-Ed in their Opinion category, and it's by Peter Brookes, who is not a Boston Herald editor but ... wait for it ... a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation.

Is this just the usual no-standards Breitbart sloppiness, or are they deliberately misrepresenting the op-ed? It really doesn't matter, because for all their thrashing and lying and smearing, Chuck Hagel is going to be confirmed as the next Secretary of Defense: Chuck Hagel Clears Senate Hurdle Toward Confirmation.

The Senate voted 71-27 on Tuesday to end debate on Chuck Hagel's nomination to become secretary of Defense, ending a Republican campaign that forced Democrats to fight for every step toward confirmation, which is expected later in the day.

I think the Breitbrats may actually have helped Hagel get the SecDef job. Between them and the McCarthy-like ranting of Ted Cruz, the right really made themselves look like deranged buffoons... and all over someone who is basically a mainstream Republican. (Or what used to be mainstream, anyway.)