On February 7, Breitbart News's Editor-at-Large Ben Shapiro published an explosive-looking story under the headline "Secret Hagel Donor? White House Ducks Question on 'Friends of Hamas.'" Quoting "Senate sources," Shapiro claimed that crucial documents on Hagel's "foreign funding" might be kept from the Senate Armed Services Committe because "one of the names listed is a group purportedly called "Friends of Hamas."And this shocking news was picked up and peddled around by others in the rightwingnuttia media, the allegedly respected media, by a United States senator, not to mention a former Republican presidential candidate ... but there's one little problem:
There's no proof that "Friends of Hamas" actually exists. At best, it's an organization so secret that nobody in government has thought to mention its existence. At worst, it's as fake as Manti Te'o's girlfriend.Morons.
And tomorrow it looks like Senate Republicans will filibuster the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense because of lunatic conspiracy theories like this. Of course this would never have happened had Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid not caved on filibuster reform. So take this time to sign the petition to tell Harry Reid: Re-open filibuster reform in light of continued Republican obstructionism.