June 18, 2007, - 3:44 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
**** Correction, 06/19/07: Yesterday, I wrote in this entry that Daniel Pipes had been paid for appearing on Al-Jazeera, as the network informed me that they pay all commentators they bring on. Daniel Pipes wrote me to dispute that and says he has not been paid by Al-Jazeera, so I have corrected this entry. ****
Question: What do you do if you the are the Marines’ worst recruit ever, are now an employee of the Terrorist News Network, and want your silly book to get noticed?
Answer: You attack (or baselessly attempt to attack) your biggest critic–the one who has given you the most attention of anyone, far more than you deserve–with a dumb criticism hoping she’ll fire back and give you more street cred.
That’s especially the case if the author is Former Marine Captain Josh Rushing and his critic is me, Debbie Schlussel.
Josh Rushing–whom I’ve called “America’s biggest boob” (and that includes the late Anna Nicole’s entire chest combined)–is the dumb Marine press person featured in the pro-Al-Jazeera, pan-terrorist movie, “Control Room.” His comments were so absurd and counter to our mission in Iraq that the Marines demoted him, shunting him off to Hollywood as a press liaison to fellow idiots there, and refused to allow him to do press interviews. Read all the details on the shameless, unpatriotic Josh Rushing here and here.
As a reward for his idiocy and sympathy for terrorists (he made anti-American and anti-Israel comments in the movie, compared FOX News to Al-Jazeera, and was just completely stupid all around), Al-Jazeera hired him for its hardly watched English channel.
How the U.S. Marines ever made this idiot a press person–let alone allowed him to be in this horrid piece of propaganda, for which they’d need such a blank and empty individual as Rushing–is an enigma I’ll never decipher. But sometimes idiots go far. And this guy is the Paris Hilton of the U.S. military.
Now Rushing has a new book out, “Mission Al-Jazeera.” Yup, that’s his mission: to advance the Terrorist News Network–the only place that would employ him after he left the Marines under a cloud of selling out his country. On the cover, the ever vacant Rushing is posing in his frequent press photo, an Arab kefiyeh. That a Marine is proud to pose in the garb of terrorists who killed other Marines tells me that he never learned the phrase Semper Fidelis, unless he thought the “Fidelis” was to America’s enemies.
In order to get attention, Rushing’s publicists are touting his two big “scoops” in the book:
1) That he hates FOX News and that FOX didn’t follow directions. He cites the Geraldo example, which–hello!–isn’t news. We all know that this mustachioed jerk put our troops in danger. But it’s old news. Very old news.
2) That I was paid for an appearance on Al-Jazeera, his full-time employer.
Rushing claims I was paid $300 (not true) for an appearance, and as a result I’ve sullied my good name. Let’s get this straight: Of the three people he’s mentioned who were paid by Al-Jazeera, only one of them–JOSH RUSHING–is the one who sold his soul (but his name was never good) to the Qaeda News Network a/k/a Al Jazeera.
Vapid celebrity magazine, “Radar,” took Rushing’s bait and published this, today:
Right-wing pundits appear on Al Jazeera only because they’re paid to do it. When Danielle Pletka of the American Enterprise Institute showed up for an interview, she told Rushing, “You’re paying me. There is no way I would set foot here if you weren’t.” Blogger Debbie Schlussel is another pundit for hire. “So both Schlussel and Pletka believe Al Jazeera is a terrorist organization that should be treated as an enemy of the United States; they would never lower their good names by appearing on such a dangerous network, unless of course they were paid $300.”
If Rushing wants to be taken seriously–and there’s no reason he should be, based on past performance–then he should get his facts straight.
Reality Check: I appeared on Al-Jazeera once. I was on to attack the pro-homicide-bomber terrorist movie “Paradise Now,” of which I’ve been a frequent critic. It’s high-quality HAMAS cinema.
I never knew they’d pay me, as I’ve appeared on hundreds of shows on dozens of networks, and I generally am not paid. I’ve never asked to be. Then, I received an e-mail from the Al-Jazeera producer asking for my address to send me the video of the appearance and to fill out a tax form for the $100 or $150 they were going to pay me for over 1/2 hour of work. It was not $300, Captain Rushing. And I didn’t realize I’d be paid or care whether I was. But better the money in my hands, than the Terrorist News Network’s. I make no apologies for that.
I completely forgot about this one-time fee, but frankly, I’d never sell my soul for $100 or $150. Or any price. And I’ve never demanded I be paid. I’ve appeared on the similarly Islamist/pan-Jihadist network Al-Arabiya and never received a dime. I go on these networks, when invited, because I want our side–the side of freedom-loving Westerners–to be heard.
I can’t vouch for what Danielle Pletka does or says, but it bears no relationship to me. I’d go on Al-Jazeera to defend the counter-terrorist position any day, pay or not. Other commentators, like Daniel Pipes and former Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu appear on Jazeera, too. Al-Jazeera informed me they pay all commentators, although Pipes informs me that he has never been paid by them. It doesn’t bear on their credibility or their principle one bit. Ditto for the many paid contributors to CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, etc., etc., etc.
It’s basically a non-issue. But Josh Rushing wrote about it because he craves attention for his book. And he knows I’m happy to expose his idiocy and treasonous behavior. But I’m not giving him a link to his new book. You’ll have to find it on your own. FYI, There are far cheaper sources of kitty litter liner that you need not rip from a spine.
Like I said, I’ve given this guy far more attention than he deserves. Frankly, I agree with a friend of mine who said about Rushing:
This guy should appreciate the notoriety you are giving him. He should send YOU a check for the publicity! His 15 minutes were up 10 minutes ago.
How do people like this get into the Marines in the first place?
Good question. Now, he’s Al-Jazeera’s dupe.
So what is Josh Rushing’s excuse for accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from Al-Jazeera to attack America on the air, daily? And what is his excuse for doing it for free from Kuwait, while we are at war and while he was supposed to be defending America as a U.S. Marine?
BTW, Jazeera’s Rushing says the only reporters he liked in Iraq are CNN’s Tom Mintier and AP’s Nicole Winfield. That’s a good hint that everything they report is likely BS.
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