Maddow slams Hagel, to neocon applause

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The war against Chuck Hagel to be Defense Secretary continues. Rachel Maddow concludes this short segment, “Sorry, Charlie” on Chuck Hagel’s homophobic comment of 14 years ago  with the statement, “I do not know if President Obama wants to nominate Chuck Hagel or not. But if he is, so far it’s not going all that well.”

Hagel has apologized for the statement.

“My comments 14 years ago in 1998 were insensitive,” he said, NBC News reported. “They do not reflect my views or the totality of my public record, and I apologize to Ambassador Hormel and any LGBT Americans who may question my commitment to their civil rights.”

But Maddow picked up a Washington Post item saying that the object of the 1998 slur, James Hormel, does not accept Hagel’s apology.

Notes a friend: Dan Senor is retweeting the criticism of Hagel. This gives the lobby the cover they need. Remember after they sank Chas Freeman they claimed it was all about China and Saudi Arabia. They need a smokescreen to say it wasn’t all about Israel. 

Andrew Sullivan has characterized this as a “classic” underhanded smear campaign, and pointed out that Hagel voted in 2006 to oppose a ban on same-sex marriage:

A secretary of defense nominee should not be disqualified because he said something retrograde on a non-defense issue fifteen years ago. In the most dangerous scenario gay activists have faced – a potential constitutional amendment to consign us permanently to second class status – Hagel voted no.

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no longer watching maddow. she’s doing the bidding of the israeli likud right-wing zionist christian nuts lobby……….. who incidentally is TOTALLY against gays. wake up rachel. very disappointed. truly a classic liberal except on palestine and the freedom and human rights of palestinians. sad. sad. sad.

Well now we know who owns Maddow …as if there was any doubt. I cannot tell you the idiotic slanderous things I have seen the Pro Israel cretins on the net this one at politico… “Enki Reply #19 Dec. 21, 2012 – 2:12 AM EST Hagel comes from a family with bad tempers and alcoholism. Is he a stable personality? President Obama will be stirring racism and anti-Jewish bigotry if he goes through with… Read more »

President Obama Said last year that “Manning broke the law” this so called constitutional lawyer did not care that Manning has not been tried or convicted for any crime, I don’t recall that he apologized for that remark, that a so called progressive Maddow can bring up something 14 years ago for which Hagel has already apologized tells you all you need to know about her.

Like the Times, Maddow is afraid to mention the opposition of the Israel Lobby. Imagine a media that is 100% under the thumb.

Are Alarm bells going off somewhere in the gov or the parts of the establishment? I have to think there are some people or some group somewhere that is doing some pressuring of their own for the Lobby and Israel to be mentioned on msm, even a little, after 65 years of ironed handed enforced silence and slant on it. This am on msnbc Up With Chris ,Greenwald and Arrron Miller were on discussing Hagel… Read more »