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February 20, 2013


The Birth of a Rumor

A reporter explains in New York Daily News how he inadvertently created the myth that Chuck Hagel spoke to a non-existent group called "Friends of Hamas."

"I am, it seems, the creator of the Friends of Hamas myth. Doing my job, I erred in counting on confidentiality and the understanding that my example was farcical -- and by assuming no one would print an unchecked rumor. If anyone didn't know already: Partisan agendas, Internet reporting and old-fashioned carelessness can move complete crocks fast. If you see a story on Hagel addressing the Junior League of Hezbollah, that's fake too."












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