Last week Breitbart columnist Ben Shapiro reported:
On Thursday, Senate sources told Breitbart News exclusively that they have been informed 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.”
Twenty-five senators wrote to Hagel demanding information on his foreign funding and one unnamed source told Shapiro the letter was about his connection to “Friends Of Hamas”.
Salon’s David Weigel, following the three rules of journalism (1. Check the facts, 2. Check the facts. 3. Check the facts), talked to Shapiro about his information:
“Have you found any more proof that this group exists?” I asked. “Is it just shorthand for some people who might support Hagel, or a real group?” “The original story is the entirety of the information I have,” he said.
So, based on an alleged connection with a group that doesn’t exist, the GOP is holding up Hagel’s nomination. Let’s call this what is is – McCarthyism. Just make up an alleged connection to an enemy and repeat the allegation. Repeat again. Repeat again. Proof.