September 6, 2006, - 10:17 am
By Debbie Schlussel
I’m quoted in the latest issue of Rolling Stone–the September 7, 2006 issue–in a biased article entitled, “Road Rage: Red, White, and Islam.” To get an idea of the tone, here’s the subheading:
Under siege since 9/11, Arab-Americans go to D.C. to protest George Bush’s war and Israel’s bombing of Beirut–but the nation and media stand them up again.
Here’s the part about me:
Like the boys [DS: Ali Houssaiky and Osama Sabhi Abulhassan–the TracFone suspects, whose grand jury hearing in Ohio starts today], Rannya and Renee [Abdul-hadi] both went to Dearborn’s Fordson High School, which owns the dubious distinction of being dubbed “Hezbollah High” by the Ann Coulter of Detroit, a literary-hussy type named Debbie Schlussel. Schlussel, whom I heard referred to more than once by others in Dearborn as “that Jew lady,” dubbed the cell-phone suspects, Ali and Osama, the “Dearbornistan boy terrorists.” . . . But Schlussel isn’t the only unnerving voice in Michigan.
Actually, it was the “Dearbornistan Boys,” but who’s looking for accuracy, when he made up a whole other paragraph about me that Rolling Stone had to delete? Yup, I’m the “unnerving voice” for exposing the extremists here. Meantime, the extremists are the normal ones.
Welcome to Rolling Stone’s warped “post-9/11″ world.
This is the second time I’m in Rolling Stone, and the second time the reporter tried to lie about me, but got stopped by the magazine’s fact-checkers. The first time was after 9/11 in an article about extremist Shia Imam, Hassan Qazwini–an open supporter of terrorism and jihad against Americans.
This time Arab writer Matt Taibbi (who I’m told is a relative of NBC reporter Mike Taibbi) wrote a lot of fiction about me, but the fact-checker had to take it out. He made it up. Still, he gets his licks in and tries to make extremists from his community sound mostly reasonable and idealistic.
Gee, Matt, comparing me to Ann Coulter. How original. I’ve never heard that one before.
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