Rachel Maddow pointed out last that night that while bogus reports and conspiracy theories may be unremarkable on the internet, America can boast actual elected senators like Rand Paul who are willing dupes of these theories and bring them into the process of conducting America’s business – like confirming the Secretary of Defense.
She pointed out a recent charge that Sen. Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense allegedly received donations from a group called “Friends of Hamas,” as reported on Breitbart.com. However, Slate columnist Dave Weigel has pointed out that “Friends of Hamas” does not exist.
That did not stop Senator Paul gave an interview to radio talker Hugh Hewitt on Friday in which he said he’d seen the report about “Friends of Hamas” and said “I’m very troubled by it.”
Maddow noted that:
“‘It’ being Chuck Hagel’s imaginary connection to an imaginary organization that only exists on Breitbart.com’s server and apparently in Rand Paul’s mind. That is who gets to vote to confirm the new Defense Secretary. He’s ‘very troubled’ by this terrorist organization that he heard about in a chat room somewhere.”