3: Ben Shapiro, Breitbart News
Shapiro, the Editor-at-Large of Breitbart News, set off a right-wing firestorm with a report quoting “Senate sources” who linked Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel to a group called “Friends of Hamas.” Hagel’s opponents immediately ran with the story, which was referenced by such notable names as Senator Rand Paul and former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.
There’s only one problem: there’s no evidence that “Friends of Hamas” actually exists. As Dave Weigel reports at Slate, the group is not designated by the State Department or Treasury Department, and does not return any results in a LexisNexis search. When Weigel asked Shapiro to clear up the mystery, Shaprio responded “The original story is the entirety of the information I have.”
Somewhere, Glenn Beck is wondering why he didn’t think of that.