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NPR, CFR: Don't Enable Elliott Abrams' Smear Campaign on Chuck Hagel

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NPR, CFR: Don't Enable Elliott Abrams' Smear Campaign on Chuck Hagel

To be delivered to Richard Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations and Gary Knell, President, National Public Radio

Petition Statement

Smear campaigns can be powerful when mainstream institutions enable them. I urge you not to enable the smear campaign of Elliott Abrams against President Obama's nominee for Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel.
There are currently 1,152 signatures. NEW goal - We need 2,000 signatures!

Petition Background

Elliott Abrams, a "fellow" at the Council on Foreign Relations, went on National Public Radio and publicly smeared President Obama's nominee for Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, as an "anti-Semite." The charge itself is completely outrageous and preposterous: if there were a molecule of reasonable doubt, would Sen. Carl Levin and Sen. Dianne Feinstein be strongly backing Chuck Hagel's nomination? Abrams's smear campaign only has a chance of reaching the broad public because CFR and NPR give him a public platform for his smears. Would they give Rush Limbaugh a public platform to call Sandra Fluke a "slut"? If NPR had Rush Limbaugh on as a guest to talk about Sandra Fluke, wouldn't they have someone else on at the same time to give a vigorous rebuttal? Urge CFR and NPR to stop enabling vile smears of a decorated war hero and public servant by signing our petition.
More background:
Yes, that's the same Elliott Abrams who pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in the Iran-Contra scandal.
See: "Elliott Abrams's Truth Problem"
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/01/09/elliott-abrams-s-truth-problem.html

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