How The “Friends Of Hamas” Smear Spread

A few weeks ago, Ben Shapiro of “reported” that the eerie-sounding, non-existent group “Friends of Hamas” had possibly given money to Hagel. Dan Friedman thinks he unwittingly began this rumor:

On Feb. 6, I called a Republican aide on Capitol Hill with a question: Did Hagel’s Senate critics know of controversial groups that he had addressed? Hagel was in hot water for alleged hostility to Israel. So, I asked my source, had Hagel given a speech to, say, the “Junior League of Hezbollah, in France”? And: What about “Friends of Hamas”? The names were so over-the-top, so linked to terrorism in the Middle East, that it was clear I was talking hypothetically and hyperbolically. …

I am, it seems, the creator of the Friends of Hamas myth. Doing my job, I erred in counting on confidentiality and the understanding that my example was farcical — and by assuming no one would print an unchecked rumor.

Calling Friedman part of the “Obama media”, Shapiro refuses to face reality and further quotes his mysterious original “source.” Meanwhile, Weigel continues to fisk Shapiro.