July 11, 2008, - 12:21 pm

Aaron Klein Watch: WND’s Plagiarist Rips Off Schlussel Again, Book Plagiarized Schlussel, Israeli Newspapers, Fabricated the Rest

By Debbie Schlussel
Recently, I wrote about how Aaron Klein of WorldNetDaily “wrote” an article, which was actually a rewrite of an exact article I’d written 5 months earlier on Barack Obama’s Nation of Islam staffers. Some of it was almost word for word, and all of it was stolen. Klein’s version was labeled, “Exclusive” and “Breaking News,” and his sleazy PR person, Maria Sliwa sent out press releases saying the same thing, even though she knew otherwise.
As I noted, Klein and his site have a long record of plagiarizing–without credit–the work of others (including mine) and representing it as his own. And Maria Sliwa has a record of enabling the same with press releases to that effect, when she knows otherwise. After I wrote the piece I got a gazillion more examples of Aaron Klein’s plagiarism sent to me.
Now he’s done it . . . again.

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Memo to Aaron Klein, WND:

Imitation is the Insincerest Form of Robbery

The other day, a friend forwarded me an article “by” Klein, in the Jewish Press, about Richard Gere and a campaign commercial Gere and two extremist Palestinian leaders, Sheikh Taissir Rajab Al-Tamimi and Atallah (a/k/a Theodosios) Hanna, made for the Palestinian elections in 2005. The article sounded exactly like my 2005 column on Gere and the commercial. And whaddya know? It was my column, down to a mistake I made in it. Sure, Klein left out a few things I wrote in the column and paraphrased a few things, but it was clear, he did no research of his own. He merely regurgitated what I wrote, without a single iota of credit to me.
And his repeat of a mistake I made when I originally wrote it is telling. Aaron Klein “wrote”–as I did in my original column that he ripped off:
Problem is, the businessman, Daniel Lubetzky, is not Israeli. He’s American and South American, which he wrote me after I posted the article. I would have corrected it, but since it’s from an old template of my website to which I no longer have access, I couldn’t correct this mistake. And Aaron Klein was so lazy and so hellbent on keeping up his thievery that he stole my article in whole, including the mistake:
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL in 2005:

“One Voice,” the sponsor of Gere’s ads is . . . the invention of a sleazy, far-left Israeli businessman, Daniel Lubetzky.

AARON KLEIN’s rip-off in 2008:

Gere’s appearance on Palestinian television was sponsored by One Voice, a far-left organization run by an Israeli businessman.

SCHLUSSEL:

Hanna was fired by the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate because of his open support for terrorism.

KLEIN:

Hanna was fired from his church position after being accused of directly aiding terror organizations.

And there are several other, um, “similarities” between my column and what Aaron Klein presented as his own work. Except that Klein got the year of the commercial wrong. It was from 2005, NOT 2006, as he claimed. When you’re ripping off someone else’s work, you don’t always get the facts straight, especially when you’re not quite the expert on the Middle East or even Israel that you claim to be.
Anyone who knows anything about politics in Israel, knows that Arafat died in 2004 and that the first elections after his death were in 2005, NOT 2006. They also know that–contrary to Aaron Klein’s false claims–that election was not between HAMAS and Fatah, the 2006 election was. And experts know that Tamimi and Hanna both support HAMAS, NOT Fatah, as Klein claims.
Clearly, Aaron Klein doesn’t know what he’s talking about because he’s not a real expert . . . unless it’s an “expert” in plagiarism. And he’s really not good at that either.
And it’s not just an article. I’m told this column is a rehash of some of what’s in his book, “Schmoozing With Terrorists,” which might be better titled, “Schmoozing with Plagiarism of Debbie Schlussel and Israeli Newspapers,” since I’m told by intelligence analysts in Israel and America that Aaron Klein’s entire book is plagiarism of Israeli newspapers stories and fabricated information that he made up. I believe it, since he ripped me off for it and other articles and since he’s fabricated his whole persona. For example, he markets himself as an Orthodox Jews, but isn’t one–he doesn’t keep the Jewish Sabbath, the main requirement of Orthodox Judaism.
Here is what more than one intelligence expert here and in Israel sent me about Aaron Klein:

Those of us both in private work and in the Israeli secret services constantly suck air when Aaron Klein’s name is mentioned. They all say Aaron is a nice enough young guy whom they really want to like, but he makes this all but impossible. Little that he publishes under his own name is really his own material. “Schmoozing with Terrorists” was taken straight out of Israeli newspapers, with a sprinkle from Sherut Bitachon Klali [DS: Known as "ShaBaK," it is Israelis "General Security Service," like the FBI, but more secretive] internal reports to add a little spice.
My sympathies on the plagiarization.

Another:

A retired top Israeli commander now working in private security consulting knows Aaron Klein fairly well. He seconds the opinions I gave you previously: friendly boy, immature, plagiarizes everything, does little original investigation and writing.

Another source:

I had an email run in with Aaron Klein a couple of years ago. I was getting increasingly turned off by his quoting terrorists of their future operational plans (which I thought was B.S. – why tell someone what you are going to do in advance?) and called him out on it, in essence that the Palestinians are blowhards and Bullshit artists. He wrote back that he found them to be more reliable then the Israelis. I wrote him back saying that I will tell the Israelis he said so. He is a self important ass.

The next time you see an Aaron Klein article or book, best to ignore it. What you’re reading is either made up . . . or flat-out stolen from someone else’s work written long ago.
The guy’s a sleazebag. And not to be believed.

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10 Responses

You can’t sue the bastard?

Norman Blitzer on July 11, 2008 at 2:24 pm

And one more thing…
Monica Crowley was also caught plagiarizing a spoof of a commercial for her radio show last week:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/laurie-kilmartin/monica-crowley-caught-pla_b_110568.html
“Monica Crowley Caught Plagiarizing From a Single Mom And Her Baby” by Laurie Kilmartin

Norman Blitzer on July 11, 2008 at 2:30 pm

The saddest part is that he could have found most of the info by going here: http://www.peaceworks.com/ aboutUs/ teamDanielLubetzky. html (remove spaces, no need to give him a trackback). Guess the Internet is NOT one of his research tools.
Norm, Monica DID NOT plagiarize. She played a spoof as a bumper. Then misspoke (maybe) about who created it. Since libs have no sense of humor, it’s a good bet Monica was being sarcastic.
I find it funny that liberals get so upset about stealing, since they think it’s o.k.
Let’s see HuffPo or WND; who is the least reliable source of info?
[MLJ: ACTUALLY, MONICA CROWLEY IS A PLAGIARIST, BIG-TIME. I'VE WRITTEN ABOUT THAT REPEATEDLY ON THIS SITE. THE WALL ST. JOURNAL WON'T RUN HER STUFF AGAIN BECAUSE SHE "WROTE" AN ARTICLE THAT WAS ALREADY WRITTEN A DECADE OR SO EARLIER BY PAUL JOHNSON IN COMMENTARY MAGAZINE.
http://www.debbieschlussel.com/archives/2008/03/wikipedia_found.html
DS]

Mark L. Jackson on July 11, 2008 at 2:47 pm

Debbie: in columns and blogs of mine I’ve cited your work a few times. I remember on one occasion I asked you for permission, and you were kind enough to e-mail back.
Is this the rule of thumb when it comes to citing someone else…
1. Whether quoting verbatim or paraphrasing material, or whether using a quote exclusive to a source, cite where you get it from.
I usually either use the term “columnist/blogger/attorney Debbie Schlussel” or http://www.debbieschlussel.com.
2. Make sure the material you are citing is being used in your work IN CONTEXT.
For instance, if Debbie were to write here, very sarcastically with a rolled-eyes icon that she would love to see another sequel to Clerks, don’t write in your column: “Blogger Debbie Schlussel, who has in the past been very critical of the work of filmmaker Kevin Smith, said recently in her blog that she would love to see Smith make Clerks III.”
[RZ: YOU'RE FINE. YOU CAN QUOTE OR CITE ME ANY TIME, AS CAN ANYONE IN THE FREE WORLD. THIS IS NOT THE SAME THING. IN THIS CASE, HE DIDN'T MENTION ME AT ALL, JUST STOLE MY HARD WORK AND RESEARCH AND PRESENTED IT AS HIS OWN (AND GOT IT WRONG). IN THE FIRST CASE, HE RIPPED OFF MY WHOLE COLUMN AND PRESENTED IT AS HIS EXCLUSIVE WORK AND BREAKING NEWS, EVEN THOUGH HE JUST REHASHED MY WORK, ALMOST WORD FOR WORD. DS]

richardzowie on July 11, 2008 at 4:02 pm

There are no “good” plagiarists and any more than there are “good” thieves. You have no right to appropriate someone else’s work and pass it off as your own. You have to give credit to secondary as well as primary sources. And when there’s any doubt to whether its your own idea, phrase so people know it belongs to you. Plagiarists rip off because they don’t care about the rights of others. And no real Orthodox Jew would steal any more than profane the Sabbath. Aaron Klein is no journalist. A real reporter does the hard work, reports it and then gets the credit, not the other way around. Perhaps Klein is under the impression that bloggers are not journalists. Oh yes they are and attorney bloggers make better journalists since an attorney knows the difference between what will help to win or lose a case in court. That means research and knowing the weakness of the opposing counsel’s side. Good mainstream journalists do investigations, not post advocacy articles. Plagiarists just steal outright and they’re pretty bad at advocacy too for no one knows where they stand. Debbie does what the good MSM journalists do better and unlike Klein, when it comes to advocacy, every one knows what her views are. Here is the difference between the diligent and the outright unethical. People come here because they trust this blogger and her work has an impact – just look at what happened at Fox 2 in Detroit, that she just broke this morning. In the end, that’s what really counts!

NormanF on July 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm

The way the net is setup, the least a person can do is to provide a link. That at the minimum provides credit back to the original source. However, plagiarizers don’t work it that way.

Jackson Pearson on July 11, 2008 at 8:20 pm

DS posters, I ask you all, who else in the blogosphere does what Debbie does here with this site?
All of her work is documented and archived. I’ve noticed that on the rare occasion where she makes a mistake, she comes back and corrects, and updates it. That article does not get taken down from the archives. The thing is 99.5% of what you get from Debbie is ROCK SOLID CORRECT the FIRST TIME she posts it–and needs no retractions. That’s higher than Rush Limbaugh’s self rating of “documented to right 98.6% of the time!!”
I appreciate the difference of having a journalist who puts it out there on the line and who is fearless in this format. The arhives and links show true journalistic integrity.
The plagiarizers like Klein and Hannity deserve to be shunned for their lazy and destructive thievery of Debbie’s and other legitimate columnists’ hard work.
Debbie–here is one more wish for the site update– under the bad guys archives/links– a link for “top plagiarizing phonies.” Here, DS site vistors could get a quick study on who are the biggest rip offs in the journalistic and blogging world. Please consider it.

BB on July 11, 2008 at 10:33 pm

B”H
Debbie,
Don’t you have ANY recourse?
Does he respond at all to your communiques?

Ben-Yehudah on July 13, 2008 at 5:38 am

Deb, I am wondering if Monica Crowley plagerized during her college years and all the way to her PhD thesis. Once one starts down that road……

jim on July 16, 2008 at 9:30 am

If this guy plagiarizes so much, and is known to the intelligence community for his plagiarizations, yet he doesn’t get fired, then I’m wondering who’s really holding his leash. One of your e-mail contacts seems to indicate Klein showed sympathy for the Palestinians over the Israelis. Anything further on who might be signing this guy’s checks?

mechmorph on July 16, 2008 at 3:45 pm

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