Yesterday, the internet was buzzing over the revelation that a Breitbart.com allegation –- that Obama SecDef nominee Chuck Hagel had received money from a group called “Friends of Hamas” -- was bogus. It was an accusation echoed on Fox’s Lou Dobbs Tonight as well as by Mike Huckabee and elsewhere in the right wing. Yet, I watched three hours of Fox News prime time last night (The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity and On The Record) and didn’t hear a peep about it. Since then, I’ve watched most of Fox & Friends this morning (a three-hour show) and searched FoxNews.com. And nada.
In case you missed it, The Daily News’ Dan Friedman wrote that he thought he had made an obvious and hyperbolic quip about Hagel getting money from “Friends of Hamas” to a Republican aide that was, apparently, taken seriously - then relayed to and trumpeted by Breitbart’s Ben Shapiro without any fact checking.
As Karoli at Crooks and Liars explained:
What Shapiro did is simple. He played an extended game of telephone and then did what gossips do: repeated the rumor with very careful language so it appeared to be fact. And then, because Breitbart's target is always the White House or damned libruls who support the guy in the White House, they called the White House with a stupid question which received the response it deserved. Whoever took the call hung up on Shapiro (according to Shapiro, of course), and so he ran with the whole White House doesn't deny Friends of Hamas thing.
It’s gotten to the point where it’s not even worth trying, unless they really need to hear it.
I just called Fox News Headquarters in N.Y.C. and asked to speak to someone about the ‘reports’ that ‘Some people are saying that Fox, so called, Journalists and News Reporters ALL have had lobotomies and are nothing but mindless zombies without an ounce of common sense or self awareness, that just spew rhetoric without ANY knowledge of what they are actually saying.’ and they DIDN’T DENY IT..in fact the person that answered tried to blow me off by saying, in a fake childish voice mind you ’I’m sorry Mister but you have the wrong number’ ,and when I told her ’ Don’t try pulling that shit on me I want answers. I DEMAND to speak to your supervisor!’ (as I wasn’t falling for this crap,) Well, get this, she started freakin CRYING and than she had the NERVE to hang up on me in an obvious attempt to shy away from having to deny/acknowledge said ‘fact’.
How low can an organization stoop, to have their operators pretend to be 6 or 7 year olds when they answer their phones in an attempt to dissuade callers from asking tough questions. Leave it to Fox.
What more proof do you need?
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However I still find it just as offensive that Pres. Obama would put forth a nominee who would eat that crap.