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Hagel Allies Coordinate Smear Campaign Against Critics, Emails Reveal
Free Beacon ^ | 1/14/13 | Adam Kredo

Posted on 01/14/2013 3:35:52 PM PST by Nachum

A group of anti-Israel activists and journalists are engaged in a coordinated campaign to stifle criticism of controversial secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel by attacking the former Republican senator’s critics, according to emails obtained by the Free Beacon.

Fenton communications chief executive officer David Fenton, the Atlantic’s national correspondent James Fallows, former diplomat Charles ‘Chas’ Freeman, Just Foreign Policy director Robert Naiman, and American Conservative founding editor Scott McConnell participated in a recent email exchange dedicated to silencing Hagel’s critics, the emails reveal.

The emailers targeted recent comments made by Elliott Abrams, a former Bush administration National Security Council adviser who said Hagel “seems to have some kind of problem with Jews,” a sentiment that has been echoed by several lawmakers and Jewish leaders.

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TOPICS: Government; Israel; News/Current Events; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: adamkredo; allies; americanconservative; charleschasfreeman; charlesfreeman; chasfreeman; chuckhagel; coordinate; davidfenton; elliottabrams; freebeacon; hagel; iran; israel; jamesfallows; justforeignpolicy; partisanmediashills; robertnaiman; russia; scottmcconnell; smear; theatlantic; waronterror
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1 posted on 01/14/2013 3:35:59 PM PST by Nachum
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2 posted on 01/14/2013 3:37:27 PM PST by Nachum (Back on the Google blacklist- www.nachumlist.com)
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3 posted on 01/14/2013 3:38:28 PM PST by Nachum (Back on the Google blacklist- www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

The enemy within...


4 posted on 01/14/2013 3:40:34 PM PST by faithhopecharity
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To: Nachum; everyone
The e-mails can be read here
5 posted on 01/14/2013 3:45:51 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Nachum

Precisely.


6 posted on 01/14/2013 4:06:50 PM PST by sauropod (I will not comply)
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To: Nachum

If Hagel was not officer material in Vietnam, he is not Sec Def material now.

He might be a GS 15 manager but no more than that


7 posted on 01/14/2013 4:10:51 PM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....The fairest Deduction to be reduced is the Standard Deduction)
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To: Nachum

In what way did Hagel make it known he was against Israel? All I’ve ever read was where he said, “ “I’m not an Israeli senator. I’m a United States senator.” Any more to it than that?


8 posted on 01/14/2013 4:32:36 PM PST by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: Nachum

Hagel must not be approved. He is not right for the military.


9 posted on 01/14/2013 4:51:55 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (HealthCare IS NOT a right. The RIGHT to keep and bear arms is.)
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Thanks Nachum.
Fenton communications chief executive officer David Fenton, the Atlantic’s national correspondent James Fallows, former diplomat Charles ‘Chas’ Freeman, Just Foreign Policy director Robert Naiman, and American Conservative founding editor Scott McConnell participated in a recent email exchange dedicated to silencing Hagel’s critics

10 posted on 01/14/2013 7:51:29 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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[snip] In 1968, as a student at a New Hampshire boarding school, McConnell canvassed for Minnesota Senator Eugene McCarthy. After working on the the 1976 presidential campaign of Jimmy Carter, McConnell earned a Ph.D in history at Columbia University... He has since [1997] emerged as one of the leading figures in the broadly defined paleoconservative movement, becoming a prominent supporter of Pat Buchanan... After spending many years as a columnist for the New York Press and Antiwar.com, in 2002 he collaborated with Buchanan and Taki Theodoracopolous in founding The American Conservative... At the end of 2004, McConnell became the sole editor of TAC; during the year he had written forcefully in favor of John Kerry’s candidacy for President... McConnell is an heir to the Avon fortune and stepson of actor Sterling Hayden. [/snip]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_McConnell

Here’s his poison pen at work:
http://mondoweiss.net/author/scott-mcconnell


11 posted on 01/14/2013 8:06:45 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: raybbr

“In what way did Hagel make it known he was against Israel? All I’ve ever read was where he said, “ “I’m not an Israeli senator. I’m a United States senator.” Any more to it than that?”

If you really haven’t read any more that, we’ll let Oliver North fill you in.

‘ISRAELI PHOBE’ HAGEL BACKS HAMAS AND HEZBOLLAH
http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2013/01/08/Ollie-North-Israeli-Phobe-Hagel-Backs-Hamas

(Feel free to call Oliver North some Jew-ass-kisser to his face).


12 posted on 01/14/2013 9:05:02 PM PST by Yehuda (If you were to choose between an armed teacher, or a class full of dead students, which would you)
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To: SunkenCiv
Scott "Mary was a Palestinian" McConnell is not a conservative or paleo anymore. He no longer has problems with immigration. And he supported Obama in 2012 "I’m voting for Obama without qualm or hesitation…. [H]is temperament is steady and his results are, actually, better than decent…. The verdict is out on Obamacare, but it if turns out badly, it will be modified or repealed." http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-conservative-vote-a-symposium/#McConnell

The American Dhimmi is likewise not conservative. Sure, they publish some conservatives on cultural issues. But they gave up on immigration and in 2010 endorsed amnesty. And from 2004 onwards, they keep telling their readers to vote for Democrats or worse. For them Ralph Nader is a "conservative" or was preferable to Bush. The only things that matter to them is giving up to Jihadis and attacking Israel. Any commie who supports this can be published there. Meanwhile conservatives who support Israel get fired. http://www.amnation.com/vfr/archives/002151.html

13 posted on 01/15/2013 2:12:15 AM PST by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: Yehuda
If you really haven’t read any more that, we’ll let Oliver North fill you in.

Okay, North claims Hagel supports Hamas with no real proof. Do you have any links to where he supports Hamas?

14 posted on 01/15/2013 4:19:08 AM PST by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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15 posted on 01/15/2013 5:32:05 AM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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16 posted on 01/15/2013 5:32:34 AM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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17 posted on 01/15/2013 5:33:33 AM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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To: raybbr
To put a foreign power on equal (or greater) footing in terms of allegiance to the USA is treason is my book. Unfortunately, the converse is true in the eyes of AIPAC, some radical ‘End Times’ false-Christian elements, and others of their ilk. Washington and the founders spin in their graves.
18 posted on 01/15/2013 5:45:39 AM PST by Abiotic (The ship of democracy, which has weathered all storms, may sink through the mutiny of those on board)
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To: SunkenCiv

Hag’s name has extra letters.


19 posted on 01/15/2013 8:16:44 AM PST by TheOldLady
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To: raybbr

Chuck Hagel is RINO WHORE who hates Jews. YOU TOO?

Hagel refused 2x to vote with the overwhelming Senator membership supporting israel against Hamas and against Hezbullah.

Hagel has demanded Israel negotiate with Hamas and Iran.

ARE YOU A HAMASHOLE? Hamas needs to be EXTERMINATED. And Iran needs to be stripped of their nuclear weapon capability before they USE IT ON AMERICAN TROOPS as well as on Israel.

Hagel has said sanctions against Iran don’t work. Hagel is an *SSHOLE.

Hagel doesn’t know his tiny testicles from a felafel ball when it comes to the Middle East:

Every POS Leftist whore from Oliver Stone to Podesta to the Clintons to Schumer is now backing Hagel.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2013/01/14/Does-Chuck-Hagel-Still-Believe-Israeli-Palestinian-Conflict-Is-Core-of-All-Conflict-in-Middle-East

Hagel is also being backed by CHINESE INTERESTS.

http://frontpagemag.com/2013/dgreenfield/why-is-a-gambler-from-hong-kong-funding-a-pro-hagel-campaign/

Chuck Schumer and Obama support Hagel.

You want to keep whining about JOOS AND HAGEL, then we can know you as well as A WHORE FOR OBAMA AND IRAN; perhaps you also secretly have your lips locked around Schumer’s little joint as well.

PS - , call Buchanan and tell him he may Right on immigration, but HE’S A MORON for backing Hagel as well.

Bottom line: Hagel will DESTROY the U.S. military.


20 posted on 01/15/2013 1:50:56 PM PST by Yehuda (If you were to choose between an armed teacher, or a class full of dead students, which would you)
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To: Yehuda

“Chuck Hagel is RINO WHORE who hates Jews. YOU TOO?”

You know what? I was looking for confirmation of what you claim about Hagel - that’s all. But, you decided something about me and proved yourself to be a first class asshole. Why should I care what you say about anything?


21 posted on 01/15/2013 3:31:21 PM PST by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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22 posted on 01/15/2013 4:12:15 PM PST by Yehuda (If you were to choose between an armed teacher, or a class full of dead students, which would you)
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To: Nachum

Iran, the PA, now Chuck Hagel. Everybody’s slip is showing.


23 posted on 01/15/2013 5:39:37 PM PST by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Nachum

James Fallows is an American print and radio journalist. He has been a national correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly for many years. His work has also appeared in Slate, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker and The American Prospect, among others. He is a former editor of U.S. News & World Report, and as President Jimmy Carter’s chief speechwriter for two years was the youngest person ever to hold that job.

Fallows has been a visiting professor at a number of universities in the U.S. and China, and holds the Chair in U.S. Media at the United States Studies Centre at University of Sydney.


24 posted on 01/15/2013 5:44:29 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Nachum

Hagel does have some defenders. The New Republic’s John Judis, William Buckley’s biographer, wrote “Don’t Let Chuck Hagel’s Hardline Israel Critics Sink His Nomination. In the Atlantic, James Fallows takes aim at neoconservatives and others in “The Bogus Case Against Chuck Hagel.” The uproar caught Michael Cohen’s eye in The Guardian (12/20), writing: “…it was the self-appointed protectors of Israel who determined Hagel suspect because he finds the efforts of the pro-Israel lobby to punish any public official who diverges from the notion that Israel can do no wrong somewhat problematic.” Cohen adds that “the ‘pro-Israel’ lobby is both predominantly Jewish and intimidating to politicians is a surprise, of course, to no-one who lives inside the Beltway.”


25 posted on 01/15/2013 5:58:14 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Nachum

Hagel does have some defenders. The New Republic’s John Judis, William Buckley’s biographer, wrote “Don’t Let Chuck Hagel’s Hardline Israel Critics Sink His Nomination. In the Atlantic, James Fallows takes aim at neoconservatives and others in “The Bogus Case Against Chuck Hagel.” The uproar caught Michael Cohen’s eye in The Guardian (12/20), writing: “…it was the self-appointed protectors of Israel who determined Hagel suspect because he finds the efforts of the pro-Israel lobby to punish any public official who diverges from the notion that Israel can do no wrong somewhat problematic.” Cohen adds that “the ‘pro-Israel’ lobby is both predominantly Jewish and intimidating to politicians is a surprise, of course, to no-one who lives inside the Beltway.”


26 posted on 01/15/2013 5:58:41 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Nachum

Fenton specializes in public relations for not-for-profit organizations. Its clients work on social issues such as the environment, peace, health, women, LGBT, and international issues.

When commenting on David Fenton and the work he and his firm does, the Washington Post noted that “[Fenton is] not the poster child of liberal causes; he’s the designer, producer, and distributor of the posters.”

The firm is made up of about 70 employees with locations in New York City, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles, and London.

Staff

David Fenton, Founder and CEO
Lisa Witter, Partner, Chief Change Officer
Parker Blackman, Chief Operating Officer, Managing Director, West Coast Offices
Elizabeth Brooks, Chief Financial Officer
Ira Arlook, Chief of Advocacy Campaigns
Bill Hamilton, Executive Vice President
Beth Kitzinger, Managing Director, New York Office

**********

David Fenton is the founder and CEO of Fenton Communications, a public relations firm that has directed the media strategies of numerous environmental groups and anti-war organizations. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Working Group.

Born in 1953 in Queens, New York, Fenton dropped out of high school in order to work as a photographer and media specialist for the Liberation News Service (LNS), which was named after the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam, an anti-American, Communist movement which called for the “overthrow [of] the camouflaged colonial regime of the American imperialists and the dictatorial power of Ngo Dinh Diem, servant of the Americans, and [sought to] institute a government of national democratic union [in Vietnam].” “I started working on causes I believe in,” Fenton recounts.

Fenton and his LNS associates, headed by Allen Young and George Cavalletto, actively supported the ideals and crusades of the New Left. Fenton became a member of the White Panther Party, which sought to foment a “cultural revolution” that would further the aims of the Black Panther Party. In Fenton’s view, the Black Panthers had “picked up the thread of [Abraham] Lincoln’s [i.e., his commitment to “the ultimate justice of the people”] and made it part of their culture and ideology. The Panthers were disciplined, organized, and provided true social services to the poor …” The official motto of the White Panthers was: “total assault on the culture by any means necessary, including rock and roll, dope, and f*cking in the streets.” Fenton became editor of the group’s newly revamped newspaper, The Ann Arbor Sun. Following a bitter dispute over a plan to move the paper’s headquarters to Detroit, Fenton left the Party.

In the 1960s and early 70s, Fenton established a reputation as one of the counter-culture movement’s principal photographers, documenting such events as anti-war demonstrations, the trials of Black Panther Party leaders, and musical performances by Janis Joplin. Due to his close relationship with LNS and the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), Fenton was the only journalist permitted to photograph members of the domestic terror cult Weatherman. In 1973, Macmillan published Shots, Fenton’s book of New Left photographs.

In the 1970s Fenton ventured into the music business, and in 1976 he began directing public relations campaigns for Rolling Stone magazine. By the late 70s, he recognized the value of combining the entertainment industry with left-wing activism. In 1978 he collaborated with two former Rolling Stone staffers — Howard Kohn and Susan Kellam — to solicit help from rock stars for the defense fund supporting the lawsuit which was filed on behalf of the late Karen Silkwood against the nuclear fuel producer Kerr-McGee. In 1979 Fenton orchestrated the famous “No Nukes” (anti-nuclear power) concerts of September 1979 which were headlined by such performers as Bruce Springsteen and Bonnie Raitt. This Western “disarmament” movement greatly pleased the Soviet Union.

In 1980, “Yippie” movement co-founder Abbie Hoffman, who had jumped bail six years earlier to avoid prosecution for selling cocaine, emerged from his Thousand Islands hideaway in New York state. Felton helped arrange newswoman Barbara Walters’ September 2, 1980 interview with Hoffman.

By the 1980s, Fenton was a hot commodity. He was recruited to mold public perceptions of Communist-led governments and Marxist guerrillas. In February 1982 Fenton signed a letter of agreement with Francisco Fiallos, Nicaraguan Ambassador to the U.S., for a “short-duration project” to publicize Sandinista Commandante Jaime Wheelock’s tour of the United States.

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=814

In 1986, Fenton worked for the Angolan government’s Bureau of Information and Propaganda, which hired him to sully the reputation of a right-wing rebel group that Angola’s Communists had been fighting against for years. Fenton performed similar public relations work for Nicaragua’s Communist-backed Sandinistas, who regarded themselves as integral to a proletariat revolution in their country.

Fenton also conducted media services for Grenada’s Prime Minister, Maurice Bishop, who was a staunch supporter of Fidel Castro’s Marxist government in Cuba, and who sought to emulate Castro’s policies in his own homeland.

In 1982 Fenton created Fenton Communications (FC), which now bills itself as “the largest public interest communications firm in the country.” Throughout it existence, FC has has been largely preoccupied with creating media strategies for left-wing groups.

One of Fenton’s most widely publicized achievements was his 1989 attack against the producers of Alar, a preservative (used in apples) that he erroneously characterized as carcinogenic. The misinformation Fenton fed to the news media triggered widespread public fear and consequently caused the apple industry to lose more than $200 million in revenues.

In a memo later uncovered by the Wall Street Journal, Fenton bragged, “We designed [the campaign against Alar] so that revenue would flow back to the Natural Resources Defense Council [one of Fenton’s primary clients] from the public.” Fenton also would write: “A modest investment repaid itself many-fold in tremendous media exposure and substantial, immediate revenue. Lines started forming in health food stores. The sales of organic produce soared. All of which we were very happy about.”

During the first term of George W. Bush’s presidency, Fenton expanded his clientele to include also antiwar and anti-Bush organizations. In 2004 Fenton coordinated the efforts of his then-newest client, September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, to oppose Bush’s bid for reelection.

That same year, Fenton penned an entry for the book MoveOn’s 50 Ways To Love Your Country: How To Find Your Political Voice And Become A Catalyst For Change. The book consists, in part, of 50 chapters authored by MoveOn members, famous liberals, and citizen activists, and includes tips on such activist pursuits as drafting petitions and organizing rallies. Other essays appearing in the book were provided by Al Gore, Nancy Pelosi, Joan Blades, and Eli Pariser.

In 2005 Fenton published his own book, a collection of his photographs titled SHOTS: An American Photographer’s Journal 1967- 1972. The book — which includes rare photographs of Abby Hoffman, The Chicago 7, and members of the Black Panthers — features a foreword by Tom Hayden and commentary by Norman Mailer.

Fenton and his company continue to develop and direct a host of public-relations campaigns geared toward bringing partisan awareness to a number of weighty issues, including global warming, universal health care, women’s rights, and the alleged dangers of nuclear energy.

Describing his own political leanings, Fenton says, “‘Left’ is a pejorative term. People I hang with use the word ‘progressive.’”

Over the years, Fenton has given money to the political campaigns of a number of Democratic candidates, including Ralph Nader, Howard Dean, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama.


27 posted on 01/15/2013 6:06:05 PM PST by kcvl
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To: raybbr

President Barack Obama‘s proposed appointment of former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel as US Secretary of Defense is generating interest and even approval, on the far left.

Phyllis Bennis, of the Washington DC based Institute for Policy Studies, wrote an article for The Nation, January 8, 2013, posing the question “Will Chuck Hagel’s Appointment Actually Help the Anti-War Left?”

While claiming that Hagel is a conservative, Bennis outlined advantages to leftist “peace movement” activists of Chuck Hagel becoming US Secretary of Defense. Bennis is particularly happy that Hagel’s appointment is a clear signal that Obama intends to move forward with the anti-American left’s number one priority – dramatically downsizing the US military.

http://www.trevorloudon.com/2013/01/chuck-hagel-obamas-defense-pick-linked-to-institute-for-policy-studies-anti-military-marxists/


28 posted on 01/16/2013 2:29:01 PM PST by Yehuda (If you were to choose between an armed teacher, or a class full of dead students, which would you)
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