'Friends Of Hamas': How A Joke Went Wrong

NPR | Feb. 22, 2013 7:26 a.m.

Melissa Block speaks with Dan Friedman, who covers Washington for the New York Daily News, about how he believes that a question he asked of a source on Capitol Hill became the centerpiece for an explosive story spread by conservative media. Friedman says that in asking whether Chuck Hagel, who’s been nominated to be secretary of defense, had received speaking fees from controversial groups, he made up the name “Friends of Hamas” as a farcical example. That name later surfaced on Breitbart.com, despite the fact that the group does not exist.


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