This is very cool. I found the origin of the "Chuck Hagel is a secret Mooslim" crude stupidity that was floating around during the new Secretary of War's confirmation hearings.
On 2/6 when the Senate furrin relationships committee was grilling Hagel, a NY Daily News reporter, Dan Friedman, "called a Republican aide on Capitol Hill with a question: Did Hagel’s Senate critics know of controversial groups that he had addressed? Hagel was in hot water for alleged hostility to Israel. So, I asked my source, had Hagel given a speech to, say, the 'Junior League of Hezbollah, in France'? And: What about 'Friends of Hamas'?"
Friedman was speaking sarcastically here. He says he never imagined anybody would be dumb enough to think such groups actually exist.
"I followed up with an e-mail, as a reminder“ says Friedman. "'Did he get $25K speaking fee from Friends of Hamas?'” I asked. The source never responded, and I moved on.
It didn't take long for the maggots to attack. The very next day deadbreitbart.com runs the story:
“On Thursday, Senate sources told Breitbart News exclusively that they have been informed 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.’”
Believing in Santa Claus (or in this case, Beelzebub) is easy. You just have to want badly enough for it to be true, which is how these ugly rumors get started -- with the impossible things people wish were true.