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    Among the many charges thrown at Chuck Hagel, as he seeks confirmation as defense secretary, is this one: that he received funding from a group called Friends of Hamas. That explosive claim first surfaced on the conservative website breitbart.com. It got traction and spread among conservative media. Thing is there's no evidence that any such group exists, not to mention any evidence of a Hamas-Hagel connection.

    So how did this all start? Well, reporter Dan Friedman, who covers Washington for the New York Daily News, claims he is inadvertently to blame. And it all started, he says, as a farce...

    BLOCK: Let's walk this back. There were rumors swirling about Chuck Hagel getting speaking fees from controversial organizations. Then you started looking into it, right? You called a source on Capitol Hill. What happened?

    FRIEDMAN: I called a bunch of sources. One source that I called, I was trying to illustrate what I was asking about. So I was interested in did he speak to groups that would sound controversial, that would cause problems for his nomination? And I'd made up the example of Friends of Hamas. The other example I made up, I believe, is the Junior League of Hezbollah.

    BLOCK: You made this up as a joke?

    FRIEDMAN: As a - it was supposed to be hyperbole. It's a farcical, over-the-top example of a group that would sound on its face ridiculously controversial for him to have talked to.

    BLOCK: You also, I gather, followed up on that conversation with an email to the source, asking specifically, did Hagel get a $25,000 speaking fee from Friends of Hamas? You raised a very specific question, a very specific detail there. Why did you do that?

    FRIEDMAN: It was specific because I was trying to suggest to the person exactly the kind of information, except using hyperbole, the sort of thing that I wanted to see whether that existed. And I was trying to do it in a way that caught their attention.

    BLOCK: It sounds like you did catch their attention.

    FRIEDMAN: It apparently did. But, you know, the person, I never heard back from them. They didn't write back and say, wait, what is that? Is that real? And I didn't think about it until this weekend when I saw an article on slate.com, which pointed out that there was no such thing as Friends of Hamas, this group that conservative websites had been claiming that Chuck Hagel may have addressed or they had been informed by a Senate source that he had addressed.

    And I sort of went back through the timeline and realized that the original article on breitbart.com ran the day after my inquiry. I asked February 6th. The article ran February 7th. It was sort of similar in a - distorted game of telephone, in a way, to what I had asked.

    BLOCK: Well, Ben Shapiro of Breitbart says that his source says that you weren't the source of this Friends of Hamas line in the first place. Do you find that credible?

    FRIEDMAN: I don't find it credible. I made this up. I didn't do it maliciously, but I made up this name. So it's hard to believe that three other people made up the same name the same day.


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    Quote Originally Posted by christiefan915 View Post
    Among the many charges thrown at Chuck Hagel, as he seeks confirmation as defense secretary, is this one: that he received funding from a group called Friends of Hamas. That explosive claim first surfaced on the conservative website breitbart.com. It got traction and spread among conservative media. Thing is there's no evidence that any such group exists, not to mention any evidence of a Hamas-Hagel connection.

    So how did this all start? Well, reporter Dan Friedman, who covers Washington for the New York Daily News, claims he is inadvertently to blame. And it all started, he says, as a farce...

    BLOCK: Let's walk this back. There were rumors swirling about Chuck Hagel getting speaking fees from controversial organizations. Then you started looking into it, right? You called a source on Capitol Hill. What happened?

    FRIEDMAN: I called a bunch of sources. One source that I called, I was trying to illustrate what I was asking about. So I was interested in did he speak to groups that would sound controversial, that would cause problems for his nomination? And I'd made up the example of Friends of Hamas. The other example I made up, I believe, is the Junior League of Hezbollah.

    BLOCK: You made this up as a joke?

    FRIEDMAN: As a - it was supposed to be hyperbole. It's a farcical, over-the-top example of a group that would sound on its face ridiculously controversial for him to have talked to.

    BLOCK: You also, I gather, followed up on that conversation with an email to the source, asking specifically, did Hagel get a $25,000 speaking fee from Friends of Hamas? You raised a very specific question, a very specific detail there. Why did you do that?

    FRIEDMAN: It was specific because I was trying to suggest to the person exactly the kind of information, except using hyperbole, the sort of thing that I wanted to see whether that existed. And I was trying to do it in a way that caught their attention.

    BLOCK: It sounds like you did catch their attention.

    FRIEDMAN: It apparently did. But, you know, the person, I never heard back from them. They didn't write back and say, wait, what is that? Is that real? And I didn't think about it until this weekend when I saw an article on slate.com, which pointed out that there was no such thing as Friends of Hamas, this group that conservative websites had been claiming that Chuck Hagel may have addressed or they had been informed by a Senate source that he had addressed.

    And I sort of went back through the timeline and realized that the original article on breitbart.com ran the day after my inquiry. I asked February 6th. The article ran February 7th. It was sort of similar in a - distorted game of telephone, in a way, to what I had asked.

    BLOCK: Well, Ben Shapiro of Breitbart says that his source says that you weren't the source of this Friends of Hamas line in the first place. Do you find that credible?

    FRIEDMAN: I don't find it credible. I made this up. I didn't do it maliciously, but I made up this name. So it's hard to believe that three other people made up the same name the same day.


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    A Farce, oh, my, imagine my surprise

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rana View Post
    A Farce, oh, my, imagine my surprise
    How does anybody still think this site is credible?


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