January 28, 2009, - 2:25 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
It seems the Los Angeles Times has an unrequited, unilateral obsession with me. Today, for the second time in less than two weeks, the paper attacked me.
Two Fridays ago, the LA Times’ Patrick Goldstein wrote a whole column attacking me for the “crime” of exposing Hollywood director Edward Zwick’s refusal to praise Israel and condemn HAMAS. But it seems that Goldstein’s bigger problem was his jealousy–jealousy that a writer and movie critic from suburban Detroit snagged an interview with the “Defiance” director and not him. And he’s apparently even more upset that I dared ask Zwick a good question rather than the fawning stuff he usually gets from the Goldstein types. Read his online tantrum, if you can put up with print hysterics. He’s also livid that I dared attack the garbage Biggie movie, “Notorious.”
Keep in mind that Goldstein writes about movies for the LA Times’ Calendar section, which means that no-one reads him. Dude, who reads anything in a “calendar section”? It’s like the nosebleed section of a newspaper (and newspapers are already the nosebleed section). Another thing for him to be jealous of me about. My movie reviews are quoted in major newspapers around the world. His, not so much. Well, actually, not at all.
Then, there’s today’s LA Times Editorial gushing over Barack Hussein Obama for his outrageous anti-Israel, anti-American, apologist interview with Terrorist News Network #2 (Al-Arabiya, #1 is Al-Jazeera). The Times calls it “savvy diplomacy,” which it claims magically began even before Obama opened his mouth. In the editorial, the Times doesn’t have the guts to mention me by name, but instead calls me “the wingnut crowd” with a link to this site. The link is to my column, from over years ago, about Obama’s Muslim heritage–the gall of me to expose this. Because, you know, I’m apparently still not allowed to talk about it. Only Obama himself is allowed to brag about it to the Muslim world (while attacking America and Israel, of course).
The L.A. Times claims that I said Obama’s middle name “proves he’s a secret Muslim.” But–read what I wrote–I never said anything of the sort. Looks like the guys (and perhaps lesbians, too) of the L.A. Times editorial board need to learn how to read. I only wrote about how, under the Islamic religion, Obama is Muslim and that the Arab street considers him a Muslim. And they do. Facts are stubborn things.
The thing is, the Los Angeles Times can continue to attack me all it wants. In fact, keep it comin’, guys. I love it. That’s a rookie mistake made by an aging dying newspaper, whose readership is faltering, while mine is growing by leaps and bounds. It kills the L.A. Times’ wannabe movie critic that I have influence and opportunities he now doesn’t have and won’t get, even though he works for a major newspaper in America’s second largest market, just miles from most of Hollywood’s studios. It kills the Times’ editorial pager writers that I have more influence than one of their boring, largely unread editorials praising our new IslamoPanderer-In-Chief.
Sorry, guys. Sucks to be you. Oh, and thanks for spelling my name right–at least, the first time. Glad I’m on your map. But you ain’t on mine.
*** UPDATE: Reader CF notes that the LA Times’ obsession with me might be due to the fact that I exposed LA Times reporter Peter Wallsten’s plagiarism of my work, after he contacted me in writing about the article in question. Could be. Liberals are not only often unethical, but they are sore losers, as well.