June 4, 2008, - 8:02 am

WorldNetDebbie: Website, Its “Reporter” Aaron Klein Copy Schlussel Column Almost Word for Word in “Exclusive,” Plus False Info From Sleazy Source

By Debbie Schlussel
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Late last night, a number of prominent conservative commentators and bloggers sent me a column that they noted was almost word for word an exact replica of most of my January exclusive on Barack Obama’s Nation of Islam personnel, Jennifer Mason, Cynthia K. Miller, and Shakir Muhammad. One of them e-mailed:

This is yours …………… almost word for word.

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Memo to Aaron Klein, WND:

Imitation is Not Flattery, It is Robbery

Yup. Except a funny thing happened: the exclusive January column by Debbie Schlussel now says “WorldNetDaily Exclusive” and “By Aaron Klein” on top of it, and someone else is collecting a paycheck for my work. You see, as I’ve pointed out in the past, that’s what WorldNutDaily and its “writers”–especially Aaron Klein–do, all with “editor”/WND owner Joseph Farah’s approval and sanction. They rip off articles from mainstream newspapers and exclusive work of conservative columnists and bloggers and don’t give credit. Farah asked me to return to WND, from which I happily left in early 2002, and I said, no. I guess his motto is: if you can’t beat ‘em–and you can’t join ‘em–rip ‘em off.
Since I’ve been a repeated victim of WND’s drive-by robberies, I suppose I should be overwhelmed with joy that I got a tiny last sentence mention stating that the information and almost exact quotes in this “WND Exclusive By Aaron Klein” was first reported by Debbie Schlussel. Thank Heaven for small favors. Maybe I should write a book, “The Lord of the Rings,” and at the end of it, in the acknowledgements, say, “This was first written by J. R. R. Tolkein.” By WorldNetDaily’s and Aaron Klein’s standards, that will make the book “a Debbie Schlussel Exclusive.”
Aaron Klein is notorious for doing this, and for making up information, which he does here. The only information in his plagiarized, non-exclusive “Exclusive” not already reported in exact words and details by me back in January, is information he made up and can’t source.
Klein has a habit of dishonesty and making things up. He notoriously made up a “World Net Daily Exclusive,” claiming that FOX News paid $2 million dollars to Palestinian terrorists to obtain the release of its two staffers, reporter Steve Centanni and cameraman Olaf Wiig. Klein was forced to retract the entire story. It was utter fiction.
In my own dealings with Klein–who, in marketing his book and his other “work,” has repeatedly identified himself as an Orthodox Jew–the dishonesty is legion. When Klein was upset that I wrote about how another one of his “WorldNetDaily Exclusives” was actually ripped off from liberal website Crooks and Liars and had already been quoted all over the internet, Klein claimed–as his plagiarizing friend, Sean Hannity, often claims–that he doesn’t read blogs. A complete lie, since most of what Klein “reports” is repeated carbon copy cut-and-paste of conservative blogs like Sweetness and Light‘s and BizzyBlog‘s newsbreaking stories about Barack Obama and other topics.
But what was really notable to me was that Klein e-mailed me his protest on the Jewish Sabbath. This is a guy who not only claims to be an Orthodox Jew but has marketed himself that way and sports a big black velvet yarmulke, a sign of very religious Orthodox observance. But the key requirement to be Orthodox is to keep the Jewish Sabbath, which includes no websurfing and e-mailing or computer use from sundown Friday Night until the nightfall Saturday Night. Then, to pimp his book, he appeared on FOX News Channel’s “O’Reilly Factor” on an important Jewish holiday, an Orthodox no-no. This guy is a fraud. And he’s not honest. I don’t judge people by their level of religiosity or even their religion. But I do judge them by their level of integrity, and he ain’t got none.
Why read “his” “exclusive” work, er. . . cut-and-paste, when you could have read it on my site–and others from whom he’s stolen–five months ago?
And then there’s the additional, fraudulent information and the sleazy, dishonest “source” from which Aaron got this “non-exclusive” exclusive.
Back in September, during the week I was mourning my late father’s death, I spoke with the source, a former Obama staffer. I asked him why he was telling me about this–the Nation of Islam staffers, Obama’s relationship with Palestinian activists Ali Abunimah and Edward Said, and Obama’s alleged statements to the source against Jews and Israel–now. The source claimed that he’d “seen the light” on Obama and terrorism and Israel.
But it bothered me that this source–who handled all of Obama’s Jewish and Israel stuff during his U.S. Senate campaign–was not bothered as a Jew and as an American at that time and stayed silent. The source told me that he reworked Obama’s image of being anti-Israel and radical and sold it to Jews at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), despite Obama making several blatantly anti-Semitic statements against Jews on Israel and despite the source’s knowledge that Nation of Islam staffers worked for Obama. In short, the source was like a kapo for the Nazis, selling Jews down the river. And now, suddenly, when it’s way too late and when he could have exposed Obama BEFORE he joined the U.S. Senate, he has a morality tick.
Regardless, with that in mind, I thought the information the source had on Obama–the stuff I could verify–was important, and I agreed to work with him and write about it on the condition that it would be and remain an exclusive story for me and that he would work with no-one else. He agreed. But didn’t keep his word.
A month or so ago, the source decided that his story was not getting the attention he felt it deserved. No biggie that the story was all over the internet and getting a lot of attention. That simply wasn’t enough for this source, who insisted that since my piece didn’t get published in the New York Post–because he refused to provide additional sources to corroborate his claims and also insisted on remaining anonymous–that he now had license to break his deal with me. The source said that he realizes that Sean Hannity repeatedly plagiarizes me (and many others), but that he was going to Sean Hannity.
Apparently, that didn’t work so he went to Sean Hannity-even-liter, Aaron Klein. And there’s a tiny bit of “new” information in the story that–based on my interaction with the source and Aaron’s established record of deceit and fabrication, I can only conclude is fraudulent.
In addition to his almost word-for-word reproduction of my work, Aaron Klein “reports” that the source claims that “his sources” claim that former Obama campaign contractor Shakir Muhammad–about whom I first reported–was a Nation of Islam bodyguard for Louis Farrakhan. Based on my information, Klein made this up. But I’m sure he has many Nation of Islam sources in his Jerusalem apartment . . . just like his regurgitation of my five-month-old column is an “exclusive.”
Then, there’s the source’s alleged new claim–to Klein–that Barack Obama asked indicted Arab businessman Tony Rezko to get a job for Nation of Islam member Cynthia K. Miller with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Klein quotes the source as saying:

She got an offer but turned it down. She ended up doing real estate.

But when I was writing my January column–after months of research and talking to both the source and Cynthia K. Miller, herself–I repeatedly asked the source what he could tell me about Miller’s relationship with Obama. He repeatedly told me that he knew nothing other than that she was Obama’s U.S. Senate campaign treasurer and that Obama–after months of claiming that her membership in NoI did not mean she shared Farrakhan’s views–forced her out, when he decided to run for President because he realized that the Nation of Islam connection would look bad for him.
We discussed Tony Rezko and Rod Blagojevich many times, and the source never once mentioned this important detail that Obama tried to get Miller a job through them. Instead, after repeated questioning, he told me he knew little about her other than her website and that she was a real estate agent.
Therefore, I can only conclude that the source–and/or Aaron Klein–are making up this new “revelation” about Obama, Miller, Rezko, and Blagojevich. . . just so Aaron Klein’s carbon copy will have a few differences in it.
Aaron Klein’s “editor,” WND “editor”/owner Farah, wrote that Klein is one of the bravest reporters he knows because he risks his life every day when he sets foot outside his Jerusalem apartment.
Well, sitting at a computer and cutting and pasting is hardly “bravery.” Neither is theft. And Klein very apparently risks his life very litte, since it’s evident that most of his “reporting” is done without ever setting foot outside his Jerusalem apartment; but instead, ripping off the original work of others.
Oh, and BTW, Aaron Klein’s publicist, listed at the bottom of my, er . . . “his” “WND Exclusive” column is Maria Sliwa, who is apparently marketing this story as Aaron’s. This is not new for her either, as she once ripped off a column I wrote on “former” Palestinian terrorist Imad Hamad and used it, word-for-word, for a press release for another fraudulent client of hers, phony “former terrorist” Walid Shoebat. When I confronted her, she claimed that Shoebat insisted she remove my name and not give me credit for her work.
And ever the moral paragon, just like her clients Aaron Klein and Walid Shoebat, Sliwa complied with the dishonesty and rip-off. Birds of a feather . . . .
Exit question: Which part of “Copyright, Debbie Schlussel” don’t they understand?
**** UPDATE: My Obama source claims that WND’s Aaron Klein approached him, via e-mail, to do this story, and that the source responded in writing that the story was mine and that I already wrote it. Yet Klein ripped me off anyway (and the sleazy source helped him do it, just as he helped Obama win his U.S. Senate race, despite Obama’s anti-Semitic and anti-Israel comments, and remained silent until recently).
The source also said he agrees with me that Aaron Klein made up the claim that he has NoI sources and that Shakir Muhammad was a Farrakhan bodyguard.
Since they’re both very dishonest, it’s hard to believe either of them, frankly.
Either way, one message is clear:
Hey Aaron, take that yarmulke off. It’s as phony as you are.****

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15 Responses

Sorry WND stole your work again. But good job discrediting Klein.

bhparkman on June 4, 2008 at 9:33 am

Didn’t WND report a few years ago that al-Qaeda smuggled in and maintains 7 hydrogen bombs within 7 major US cities? Their claim is the only reason bin Laden hasn’t used them is coordination problems.
They are really off their rockers.

bhparkman on June 4, 2008 at 10:10 am

Debbie, I just checked the WND sory. It mentions you and provides a link to your original story. It seems he did what you asked on the initial post, which was to cite you. Anyway, the fact that he e-mails on Shabbes, etc. doesn’t make him a hypocrite. A lot of people say are Orthodox by affiliation but don’t strictly adhere to the laws. He shouldn’t have to remove his yarmulke just because he isn’t 100% observant. I don’t mean to be harsh, BTW, and am still available for dating.
[A1: BFD. SO HE–AT THE VERY BOTTOM LINKED TO ME. THE WHOLE ARTICLE IS A RIP-OFF OF MY WORK PRESENTED AS AN “EXCLUSIVE.” HELLO. . . ? LINKING TO ME AT THE END DOES NOT RELIEVE HIM OF VIOLATING MY COPYRIGHT AND MERELY REPEATING, ALMOST WORD FOR WORD WHAT I WROTE AND PRESENTING IT AS HIS EXCLUSIVE. AND HE AND HIS PUBLICIST, MARIA SLIWA, EMAILED IT OUT AS AN “AARON KLEIN” EXCLUSIVE WITHOUT A LINK TO MY SITE. MAYBE I SHOULD PUBLISH “WAR AND PEACE” WITH A THANK YOU AT THE END TO LEO TOLSTOY, WHO FIRST WROTE THE BOOK. WOULD THAT MAKE IT OKAY?
SORRY, BUT IF YOU DON’T KEEP THE SABBATH, YOU ARE NOT ORTHODOX. HE’S A FRAUD. GET A CLUE. NO RABBI IN THE WORLD WILL SAY THAT YOU CAN BE ORTHODOX AND BE ONLINE ON THE SABBATH. FYI, I DON’T DATE EQUIVOCATORS. DS]

Anonymous1 on June 4, 2008 at 11:14 am

Debbie,
First off, as the previous commenter mentions, he clearly gives you credit for being the first to report on it, and links your article, don’t know what more you can expect? Second, the source obviously wanted more exposure for the story which you clearly can not provide, I don’t see what your problem is with gaining more exposure for an important story like this. And last, Klein lives in Israel, did you take into account the time difference of when this email was sent to you? And how do you know that the Fox segment was not prerecorded?
[AARON KLEIN: NICE TRY, AS THIS SOUNDS JUST LIKE YOUR E-MAIL TO ME, AND THIS IS THE FIRST TIME “JACK2525″ HAS EVER COMMENTED ON THIS SITE. AS YOU WELL KNOW, AARON, YOU ADMITTED YOU SENT ME THE E-MAIL ON THE JEWISH SABBATH, AND REGARDLESS OF WHICH TIME ZONE IT WAS, IT WAS SENT ON THE SABBATH. NOT SURE HOW MANY TIMES I NEED TO REPEAT THIS, BUT LABELLING MY ORIGINAL WORK AS YOUR EXCLUSIVE IS A LIE AND A VIOLATION OF MY COPYRIGHT. YOU MERELY REPEATED, ALMOST WORD FOR WORD WHAT I SAID. PUTTING A TINY END NOTE AT THE END IS NOT ABSOLUTION FOR STEALING MY WORK. AND IT DOESN’T OBVIATE THE UTTER VIOLATION OF MY COPYRIGHT. THERE IS NOTHING NEW IN THE STORY (OTHER THAN TWO LIES YOU MADE UP), AND AS YOU KNOW, YOU CONTACTED THE SOURCE, NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND, ASKING TO REPEAT MY WORK. STOP BEING SO LAZY AND BREAK YOUR OWN STORIES. AND STOP YOUR PUBLICIST FROM SENDING OUT MY WORK AS AN “AARON KLEIN EXCLUSIVE.” IT IS AN “AARON KLEIN RIP-OFF.” DS]

jack2525 on June 4, 2008 at 11:39 am

This shows not only the moral poverty of these people, but their intellectual poverty. There is no shortage of dirty laundry with Obama and the the other Democrats. The whole party and campaign are tawdry, and his positions amount to surrender of the Free World. If a columnist is incapable of developing his own original comments or analysis about all of this, , he shouldn’t even be writing. Unfortunately the blogs that these people are associated with normally have articles that are little more than a rehash of news from the mainstream media, with a couple of pro forma ‘conservative’ comments added.

c f on June 4, 2008 at 11:47 am

I’m in the process of writing a book called “Harry Potter” that will be out soon, giving a brief credit to the Rowling chick of course.
Deb, can you sue? If so, why not?
BTW, I don’t equivocate…call me!

Jeff_W on June 4, 2008 at 12:48 pm

Jack, think about the disingenuousness of what you have written. Of course Debbie can provide as much exposure as you or anyone else would consider desirable. All someone has to do is to fairly publicize her article, invite her on their TV shows, interview her on whatever is considered the ‘appropriate’ blog, and so on. Even if the intent was more publicity, instead of the opportunistic career aggrandizement which it obviously is, you should know that the way to do it is not to steal someone’s article and say “oh yeah, they talked with him first”. The source could do this, or encourage others to do this, and act in an above-board manner.
Debbie’s post does seem to be getting out though, doesn’t it, no thanks to the plagiarists.

c f on June 4, 2008 at 1:03 pm

“Since they’re both very dishonest, it’s hard to believe either of them, frankly.”
Best line in the post.

Audacious on June 4, 2008 at 2:10 pm

I don’t know the specifics of Rabbinic Law as it applies to plagiarism, but why not bring him before a Beit Din [DS: “JEWISH COURT OF LAW”]? It may not count for much but it would discredit him in his own community.

OneIrishJew on June 4, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    THE “KOL NIDRE” The Talmud’s “ANNUAL GET OUT OF ANYTHING FREE CARD” errr I mean uh prayer. TOTALLY GOES AGAINST TORAH/SCRIPTURE!!!!! SEE FOR YOURSELF. DO NOT TAKE MY WORD OR ANYONE ELSE.

    bea41660 on July 12, 2011 at 7:52 pm

If that was Klein, then Deb just won.
When responding to calls of plagarism, the offender usuall will make things worse by doing exactly what Klein did. It’s psychology; they want to be vindicated in anyway possible. Even if it gets them thoroughly exposed.
Usually the offender will run a hit piece story, back bite in social settings, or call their wife to act as mother lioness. Or they resort to stupid antics and fear-induced hatred that results in total of credability and respect in polite society (Maxwell Audacious!)
Deb, you did great. We’re all proud of you out here.

bhparkman on June 4, 2008 at 9:32 pm

That sound pretty sleazy although I really don’t think there is an Orthodox Judaism today. Most Rabbi’s are feminists (they defend each other but since only men can be Rabbi’s they make this up by being ruthless to other men and never helping them while they themselves travel the world. If men are so bad why they don’t punish themselves) that have no compassion for rank and file men (I have experienced it over and over again they let Orthodox Jewish woman watch sex and the city with their daughters and tell you to get over it) and let women do whatever they want including still allowing them to marry nonjews and their kid will be Jewish so you have to help them and I see how it plays out in the real world (being in the workplace) but the Rabbi’s are obsessed with respect even through they don’t respect what you see one bit. It is just Islam in reverse. I think Christianity makes the most sense in this area. Every discrimination case that I have seen involving Shabbos is a woman. I rarely ever see them defend a man. I think abusing men (or stealing Debbie’s Material) if a far worse sin then violating the Sabbath although it is a biblical command further explained in the talmud based on where the command is located. (Dealing with the temple.)

adam6275 on June 4, 2008 at 10:31 pm

Walid Shoebat is a fake?Please Debbie Do a story on this.I’d like your perspective on this.

gordito on June 4, 2008 at 10:53 pm

Thank you Debbie for all your hard work. Americantruckersatwar.com supports you and honors your efforts. Mark R. Taylor

Mark R. Taylor on June 5, 2008 at 11:21 am

Hey Debbie,
Did you see the OpJo piece by Taranto? He is twisting the story into a Clinton Machiavelli line.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121259301699545205.html?mod=Best+of+the+Web+Today

Mark L. Jackson on June 5, 2008 at 1:02 pm

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