Breitbart Memorial Disinformation Site to Change Name to “Friends of Humus”

During last year’s election, we and many others remarked on the possibly disastrous consequences of politicians believing the BS that the rightwing blogosphere and other online media peddle and parroting it in public, where occasionally more stringent evidential standards apply. It cost Mittens dear during the second Presidential Debate when his attempt to bully President Obama about when precisely he characterized the Benghazi attack as an act of terrorism backfired catastrophically and left him scraping egg off his coif.

The latest episode illustrating this syndrome involves our old pals the Breitbartlets, in particular Ben Shapiro. Simon Moloy at Media Matters summarizes:

On February 7,’s Ben Shapiro reported that Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel (according to “Senate sources”) received money from a group called “Friends of Hamas.” The report spread quickly through the conservative media as damning of Hagel, until Dave Weigel at pointed out a salient fact—there’s no evidence that “Friends of Hamas” exists. Now, New York Daily News reporter Dan Friedman is claiming that a joke he shared with a GOP source is the provenance of “Friends of Hamas.” In response to their story falling apart, Shapiro and—who angrily and self-righteously demand accountability from the rest of the media for every slip-up, real or imagined—are lashing out and refusing to accept responsibility for publishing a report based on a falsehood.

If Shapiro deserves credit for anything, it’s introducing us to a new meme about his oeuvre—”accurate and clearly caveated,” which translates as, “I pulled this out of somebody else’s ass, and I warned you it was probably bullshit at the time.” (It’s also led to much Twitter punnery on the lines of “Friends of Hummus” etc., to which the title of this post is a humble contribution.)

Meanwhile, the unspeakable John Nolte has been wearing out his iPhone in a desperate CYA campaign on Twitter. You can always tell when they’ve screwed up particularly badly because he goes postal.

Malkin’s Twitchyite horde have also been trying to comfort each other, distracting and covering their embarrassment by picking up on a brief minor omission by BuzzFeed’s Cat Correspondent Andrew Kaczynski.

There’s a conspicuous silence and lack of support for Shapiro on this issue from the rest of the RW blogs, some of whom, like Hugh Hewett, were also caught out, the buffoonery also ensnaring Rand Paul. Others are crediting the ‘bartlets et al. for fouling the pitch for their conspiracymongering and virtually ensuring Hagel’s appointment next Monday.

I may be premature and overly optimistic here, but the era of knitting your own reality seems to be drawing to a close. Will Republicans ever learn to factcheck before shooting their mouths off on the basis of the nonsense their online organs churn out? I hope not.

Posted by YAFB on 02/21/13 at 06:51 AM • Permalink

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I hope not.

FSM above, I hope not, as well.  The Puke Funnel has been one of the most frustrating phenomenons of my political lifetime.  Watching it malfunction with increasing frequency is so much fun.

We need to raise trolling the Breitbrats to an art form.

Remember that whole deal with ordinary, non-political junkie people not believing what the rethugs actually said they were going to do if elected, because they couldn’t believe anyone would propose such unpopular ideas?  Yeah, that one.  See, this is why we need the puke funnel to keep loading loud and proud, because the more of this crazy crap they post, the more the word gets out that they are, well, crazy. 

I really don’t think the RW crap machine actually converts anyone to their cause who wasn’t already pre-disposed to it, but I know for sure that it eventually gets the attention of the non-crazy, and more of them all the time.

SteveM’s joint is reporting that Virgin Ben is replacing Karl Rove as the speaker at the California GOP convention in March.

That’s when they’re gonna bring out the big guns about rebuilding their brand in a state where it ranks just below mudslides in popularity.

Hence, this—

Former White House Aide Ruben Barrales Joins GROW Elect as New President
Group Launches Major Effort to Elect Latino Republicans in CA
San Diego –
GROW Elect, a political organization founded in 2011 for the purpose of electing Latino Republicans to local office in California, announced today that its Executive Committee voted unanimously to hire former White House aide Ruben Barrales as its President and Chief Executive Officer.
Barrales is the group’s first President & CEO, and his appointment is part of an aggressive expansion of its political plan, a dramatic increase in GROW’s funding, and the launch of a major effort to elect Latino Republicans at the local, state and federal level, in the nation’s most populace state.

Nothing says “outreach” to a community stuck in its near-indentured servant status like reminding them that they’re pretty much just the vegetable-picking-lawn-mowing underclass.

Comment by HumboldtBlue on 02/21/13 at 01:07 PM

This story does raise some questions for me, as I’ve been following the, well, I guess I’ll call it “vetting by RW blogs” process happening with Hagel—was this really a case of “conservatives don’t get sarcasm”, where the GOP aide passed on the “Friends of Hamas” thing in seriousness, or was it a case of deliberate ratfuckery, dependent upon finding the correct, erm, rodent-compatible fucking apparatus. You know, because when you are out to screw rats, it helps to start with a teeny, tiny…

Regard for the truth! (What did you think I’d say?)

In the meanwhile, the search for hearsay corroboration of Hagel’s radical dissents from neocon views has been entertaining. Re-living 2007 makes me feel like a kid again. An angry, nerdy, kid who feels the need to point out things like “well, multilateral talks did result in NK shutting down Yongbyon in september of 07” or whatever. Good times.

Either ratfuckery or a snide joke combined with the thing that, as you said, “conservatives don’t get sarcasm”.  Or at least the eedjuts taking craps all over the profession of actual journamalism over at Big(Still)

Followed by whichever Senator (McConnell? Under his name, but most likely a staffer.) asking for a constituent if Guantanamo detainees were getting “GI Bill” benefits, as read in the military Onion, the Duffel Blog.

They’re not just willing, they want to believe, office-holder or cretinous voter. More power to ‘em.

Or ... Friends of Hummers?

Alright, which of us is going to pose as Chief Editor Korir and contact Ben Shapiro to offer him Michelle Obama’s “Whitey Tape”?

SteveM’s joint is reporting that Virgin Ben is replacing Karl Rove as the speaker at the California GOP convention in March.

And CPAC at the Gaylord Convention Center next month will feature Palin, Mittens, and star turn Paul Ryan as keynote speaker.

What a line-up of losers! Less a conference, more a wake with clownshoes.

@BBBB: That’s on you.  I’ve already got teasers out to Shelley Bachmann’s staffers claiming I was a subcontractor to FEMA on the Eau Claire Regional Evacuation Camp.  My plate is full, man.

Less a conference, more a wake with clownshoes.

Ha, beautifully put. And doubly sad because they think they’re the Government-in-Exile.

Friends of Hummers?

That could be either party, depending on if you mean the big stompy SUVs or the other thing.

BTW, I’ve added a category “Friends of Humus” in case we have reason to blog about the Breitbart death cult ever again. (I’m hoping that future readers will twig the difference between hummus and humus out of context.)

twig the difference between hummus and humus

Heh, right?  I’m a member of “Friends of Hummus,” but only in the satellite chapter, “Friends of Anything Made With Garlic and Olive Oil.”

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