Breitbart Editor-at-Large Ben Shapiro Tricked Into Reporting on Fake Terrorist Group ‘Friends of Hamas’

by Colonel on February 20, 2013

“Last week, Editor-at-Large Ben Shapiro, citing Senate sources, claimed that “one of the reasons that President Barack Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, has not turned over requested documents on his sources of foreign funding is that one of the names listed is a group purportedly called ‘Friends of Hamas.’”

As it turns out, the answer to those questions, in order, is: a tossed-off joke; Daily News reporter Dan Friedman; and because it’s a nonexistent group that Shapiro got suckered into believing.

Today, Friedman took to the Daily News to admit: “I am, it seems, the creator of the Friends of Hamas myth.” Friedman says he called up a Republican source to get some dirt on Hagel, only to find out a few days later that he’d become Deep Throat:

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. No one could take seriously the idea that organizations with those names existed—let alone that a former senator would speak to them. [...]

I couldn’t have imagined what would happen next. On Feb. 7, the conservative web site screamed this headline: “SECRET HAGEL DONOR?: WHITE HOUSE SPOX DUCKS QUESTION ON ‘FRIENDS OF HAMAS’

” — Max Read, Copyright 2013 Gawker Inc

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