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Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Klein Repeats Unverified Claim
Topic: WorldNetDaily

A Nov. 11 WorldNetDaily article by Aaron Klein claims:

Hamas held a meeting in the Gaza Strip several months ago with aides to President-elect Barack Obama, but the terror group was asked to keep the contacts secret until after last week's elections, according to a senior Hamas official.

Klein's only source for this is a report in "the leading Al-Hayat Arabic-language newspaper." Klein adds: "Yousef could not be reached by WND for immediate comment."

In other words, this is a one-source article that even Klein himself has not been able to verify.

This is sloppy, partisan journalism (albeit the only kind that WND practices). Klein should have waited at least until he got more detailed information from Yousef -- if you'll recall, he's Klein's go-to guy when Klein feels the itch to baselessly link Obama to Hamas -- before running with it. That he didn't demonstrates that Klein is acting in a malicious manner, and his only goal is to smear Obama. 

Klein ironically quotes Yousef, apparently from an earlier interview, as saying: "I praised him six months ago, some people tried to use that against him." Of course, Klein himself was one of the people doing that. It's not noted -- nor has Klein ever stated -- whether Yousef knows that the man who interviewed him was the same one using his words to smear Obama.

UPDATE: Klein also repeats a claim by FrontPageMag, made in a Nov. 11 article by John Perazzo, that Robert Malley -- whom Klein has previously attacked for his alleged ties to Obama despite never actually being a formal adviser -- was "dispatched by Obama" to Egypt and Syria, where he is "representing Obama's positions" in meetings. But Perazzo offers no evidence to back up his claim.

Malley severed his ties with Obama in May following news reports that he had been meeting with Hamas, something Obama has pledged not to do.


Posted by Terry K. at 12:57 AM EST
Updated: Wednesday, November 12, 2008 9:23 AM EST

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