By Robert Naiman (Contact)
To be delivered to: Richard Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations and Gary Knell, President, National Public Radio
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.
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"
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