GOP Senate mucksters (undoubtedly with the encouragement of Israel Lobby fellow travelers like Bill Kristol) are still traipsing through the ooze to find material with which to smear Chuck Hagel. The latest is a letter from 25 Republican Senators demanding before they agree to a vote on his nomination, that he release records of any “foreign funding” of any corporate entities with which he’s been affiliated. Not only has such a demand never before been made of any cabinet nominee; not only is it not clear that Hagel is in a position to demand that such companies release such information; there isn’t even a hint of who those foreign entities might be and how they might have any connection to Hagel himself.
Now the smearmeisters at Breitbart have smoked out the GOP position more clearly. But as is usual, Breitbart can’t even get the story right when it’s reporting what Republicans are saying. The far-right media scandal sheet claims the Senators demanded which foreign funding Hagel himself received:
…One of the reasons…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.”
Not at all what the letter demanded. Further, Breitbart’s alleged source says that one of the foreign entities funding Hagel was “Friends of Hamas.” I’ll bet you dollars to donuts there is no entity called Friends of Hamas (though there might be if James O’Keefe created one and sent money to Hagel under that name). That’s why Breitbart is the media nuthouse that keeps on giving as far as I’m concerned.
Now, Israel’s Maariv has picked up this report and published it as if it was credible, since Maariv can’t tell the players in U.S. media or politics without a scorecard. It adds breathlessly, the claim hasn’t been proven nor has it been denied by Hagel. It also claims with no basis in fact, that the charges have raised a firestorm in Washington. In fact, the dunderheads at Maariv claim, Hagel’s non-denial increases suspicions that the senator received funds from “questionable groups.” Holy mackerel. If Hagel doesn’t deny what smutmeisters write then it must have legs.
Should anyone in the GOP want to know why they took a drubbing last November, let this sort of garbage serve as Exhibit A. How can any American except certifiable lunatics and Tea Partyers take seriously such lunacy coming from a major national political party. With performances like this they’ll continue sinking farther and farther into oblivion and irrelevance.
Real journalists in the U.S. (as opposed to Breitbart) write that Hagel is likely to be confirmed and that the Republicans wouldn’t even be able to find 60 votes for a filibuster should they choose to do so. That’s just for a reality check after we’ve taken a walk on the wild side of slash and burn journalism à la Breitbart.