They're even stupider than you thought

They're even stupider than you thought

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Christingle Matthews

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Feb 20, 2013
It should have been stupid enough: Earlier this month, Breitbart.com launched a sensational attack against defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel suggesting that he had been on the payroll of a shadowy terrorist organization called "Friends of Hamas." The only problem? No such group exists.

But the fact that it was entirely imaginary didn't stop Republicans from running with it, including both a U.S. Senator, a former Republican presidential candidate, and the right wing media. That was a hilarious demonstration of the right's desperation, but we still didn't know how the story got wings in the first place. Today, we learned the answer.

It turns out that "Friends of Hamas" entered the right-wing discourse thanks to a Republican staffer on Capitol Hill who didn't realize that a reporter was telling a joke when he asked that staffer whether Hagel had ever received backing from "Friends of Hamas" or France's "Junior League of Hezbollah." As New York Daily News reporter Dan Friedman writes:


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.

Or so I thought.

That was on February 6. The very next day, Breitbart.com 's story came out. Friedman's source denied pitching Breitbart.com on the "story" but told him that he had discussed the group (which, don't forget, was imaginary) with others. As Friedman says, you'd think that even despite not getting his joke that that somebody along the line would have taken five seconds to figure out that Friends of Hamas doesn't exist, but apparently these guys are serious about not letting anything get between them and a good story.
Demokrat Sheeple

Grantsburg, WI

#2 Feb 20, 2013
Christingle Matthews wrote:
It should have been stupid enough: Earlier this month, Breitbart.com launched a sensational attack against defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel suggesting that he had been on the payroll of a shadowy terrorist organization called "Friends of Hamas." The only problem? No such group exists.
But the fact that it was entirely imaginary didn't stop Republicans from running with it, including both a U.S. Senator, a former Republican presidential candidate, and the right wing media. That was a hilarious demonstration of the right's desperation, but we still didn't know how the story got wings in the first place. Today, we learned the answer.
It turns out that "Friends of Hamas" entered the right-wing discourse thanks to a Republican staffer on Capitol Hill who didn't realize that a reporter was telling a joke when he asked that staffer whether Hagel had ever received backing from "Friends of Hamas" or France's "Junior League of Hezbollah." As New York Daily News reporter Dan Friedman writes:
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.
Or so I thought.
That was on February 6. The very next day, Breitbart.com 's story came out. Friedman's source denied pitching Breitbart.com on the "story" but told him that he had discussed the group (which, don't forget, was imaginary) with others. As Friedman says, you'd think that even despite not getting his joke that that somebody along the line would have taken five seconds to figure out that Friends of Hamas doesn't exist, but apparently these guys are serious about not letting anything get between them and a good story.
Dangerous Sociopath 2,

Look I feel bad that you never found which stray dog it was from the Hood that Bred your Mommy. But it is not Society's Fault that you never had an adult to guide you, stop lashing out like the child you are!

This said, you do not do yourself any favors by hanging your supple gut out with this consistent cut/paste whenever one of the big Kids Frighten you.

Now go have a nice bath in Mommy's Tub, and relax.....Git!
Christingle Matthews

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Feb 20, 2013
Dangerous Sociopath 36.75,

Look I feel bad that you never found which stray dog it was from the Hood that Bred my Mommy. But it is not Society's Fault that I never had an adult to guide me, so I should stop lashing out like the child I am!

This said, I realize that I don't do myself yourself any favors by hanging my supple gut out with this consistent cut/paste whenever one of the big Kids Frighten me.

Now I'm going to have a nice bath in Mommy's Tub, and relax.....Bye, bye, sweet cheeks!

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