June 10, 2010, - 3:27 pm

Saying “No” to HBO: E-Mail Exchange of the Day

By Debbie Schlussel

**** UPDATE: FYI, HBO’s publicist, Kate Brunkhorst, asked me to remove her contact info from this post, which I agreed to do. ****

HBO’s publicists are apparently contacting certain bloggers and commentators, trying to get them to promote HBO’s program, “For Neda,” about the Iranian “democracy” protester who died.  I was one of those contacted, but I’ll pass.  You know my views on the protesters–they are radicals who support Hezbollah and are no different than those in office in Iran.  Anyone–and there remain many, including their ignorant verbal Lewinsky, car loan fraud artists Scamela Geller–who thinks otherwise is a fool, an ignoramus, or on crack.  Below is the e-mail I received from the typically anti-Israel HBO and my response.  I think it fully explains my position on the Iranian “democracy” protester BS.  Please note that in the last couple of weeks a number of these “moderate” Iranian “democrats”  have sent me anti-Semitic and anti-Israel hate mail and have also similarly tweeted on Twitter and posted the same on their FaceBook profile pages.


I Refuse to Promote HBO’s Islamic Propaganda

From: Katlynn Brunkhorst
Date: Thu, Jun 10, 2010 at 2:15 PM
Subject: RE: For Neda Premieres in HBO’s Documentary Films Summer Series
To: writedebbie@gmail.com

Hello Debbie,

This is Kate on behalf of HBO. I wanted to let you know about For Neda, an important and critical piece premiering this coming Monday, June 14th at 9 PM ET that is not to be missed. You can view the trailer in the link below:


For Neda chronicles the life and death of Neda Agha Soltan during protests which followed the June 20th, 2009 protests of the presidential elections in Iran. Within minutes, Neda became a symbol of up-rise and hope for the Iranian people when the footage of her death quickly spread among social media lines. Soon, the world turned its eyes to the protest due to the testament and symbolic death of this heroic woman.

The film explores the Iranian struggle through interviews of those closest to Neda and the tragic incidents surrounding her death. It reveals the impact of an interconnected media world which includes the homespun authorities that brought her story to light. For Neda premieres as the third in the HBO Documentary Films Summer Series. A new documentary airs weekly on Monday nights through August 9th.

I encourage you to share news of the premiere with your readers. If you have any questions feel free to ask.


Kate Brunkhorst
Attention for HBO


My response:

From: Debbie Schlussel writedebbie@gmail.com
Date: Thu, Jun 10, 2010 at 2:44 PM
Subject: Re: For Neda Premieres in HBO’s Documentary Films Summer Series
To: Katlynn Brunkhorst

While I am interested in reviewing and promoting other HBO specials and movies (I’ve contacted the network, without success, asking for a screener of “John Adams,” way back when, for instance), I am not interested in this movie. I’ve gotten many anti-Semitic and anti-Israel messages from Iranian “democracy” protesters just like Neda, who are supporters of Hezbollah and hate Jews and Israel. I’m sure she felt just like them, embraced the same intolerance, and I don’t mourn her one bit. Moussavi, the candidate Neda and her ilk supported, was the architect and founder of Hezbollah, the terrorist group that murdered hundreds of Americans and Jews. The people who protested in the streets of Tehran were every bit as radical and extremist as the ones in office in Iran.

Although you say this is a “critical” program, your promotional e-mail below makes clear that there is no such criticism or critical look at who the Iranian “democracy” protesters really were . . . as in, not much different from HAMAS “democracy” proponents. Contrary to your assertion, in truth Neda is a symbol for nothing more than one rival Islamic mob of hatred that is out of power versus another rival Islamic mob of hatred that is in power. Same difference. Whether or not she left Islam and wore a cross is a distinction without a difference, as the people and candidate with whom she associated are vicious anti-Semites and Israel-haters, most of whom embrace Islam and whose chosen candidate, Moussavi, was picked by the Ayatollahs who run Iran to be on the ballot in the first place. This is a total waste of film on HBO’s part.

When it comes to the Mid-East, HBO–the network which hired you to do PR–seems to have quite a bit of difficulty with the truth and giving it to its viewers. For example, HBO’s “Death in Gaza,” was a one-sided anti-Israel diatribe, er . . . “documentary.” And even liberal Washington Post critic Tom Shales took offense that HBO’s “documentary” on Helen Thomas, “Thank You, Mr. President,” skipped any mention of her hatred of Israel and the Jewish people and her open praise for Islamic terrorist groups, including Hezbollah, the same one that your newest heroine Neda’s fellow “democracy” protesters support.

I hope you will keep me in mind for other HBO programming (not just this one on Iran), but on this one, I’ll happily pass. Sorry, but HBO is propagating BS with this “documentary,” which appears to “document” only a fantasist mainstream media narrative. The real truth about the Iranian “democracy” protesters is not your portrayal of Neda, but, rather, their vicious anti-Semitic hate displayed in e-mails, tweets, and FaceBook posts and comments since last week, when Israel defended itself against a HAMAS terrorist flotilla. I don’t need an HBO documentary to whitewash the truth.

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42 Responses

Glad you brought the truth home to them Debbie

ebayer on June 10, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Good for you Debbie for telling it the way it is. To the liberal mind all people are alike. To us, elections are good because we can promote democracy by electing the right people. But to most other people in the world, particularly in the Muslim countries, an election is simply another power grab with the winner being the one with the most clout. And of course in these countries elections are anomalies, such as the Iraq and Gaza elections held just to please the USA. The winners in these elections couldn’t care less for the people who elect them.

Joseph Greenberg on June 10, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Democracy is a change in outlook – not just an electoral procedure. Democracy brought us the Islamists in Turkey and in Gaza. Is that what we want to promote as acceptable in Iran? – NO!

All the Islamists ARE the same. There is NO difference between them when it comes to hatred of the Jews and Israel. When there is a genuine Iranian democrat – NOT an Islamist – Debbie will be happy to do a program for HBO. But she was right not to take part in a PR exercise designed to obfuscate and whitewash the truth about Iran and its so-called “democracy” movement.

Sometimes saying “NO” is one of the most important things you can do in life.

Debbie, keep up the good work!

NormanF on June 10, 2010 at 3:59 pm

can’t add much to that

drew299 on June 10, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Excellent reply, Debbie. Of course, it will be ignored, but thanks for putting this out there. I’m so sick of islamo-pandering tripe and PR spin in pop media.

DS_ROCKS! on June 10, 2010 at 4:32 pm

I wonder if HBO will highlight the fact that Obama turned his back on the Iranian protesters like “Neda.” Will HBO remind its large homosexual audience that in his first few months of office Obama invited the same leader who killed Neda to come to our shores and explain how Iran “has no homosexuals?”

Jewish Marksman on June 10, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    You have two groups of Islamists in Iran – both extreme, anti-Western and anti-Israel. Its not about democracy. Its about a violent power struggle between two bands of Khomeinists. A feud I want to see last forever.

    NormanF on June 10, 2010 at 5:06 pm

HBO not in my house.

P. Aaron on June 10, 2010 at 5:06 pm

I really get tired of tv programs being called “important” or “events” or any other exaggerated nonsense.

It’s a f’n tv show! That’s it! Nothing more!

Matt on June 10, 2010 at 5:39 pm


I said what I always say when I see a dead muzzie female: NEDA DEAD? ONE LESS BOMB BREEDER.

As goes Israel - so goes the World on June 10, 2010 at 5:55 pm

You are larger than life, Debbie. Thanks.

Arn on June 10, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Great stuff Debbie – keep up the great work – God Bless Israel!!!!!!….the hell with HBO.

BIG IRISH on June 10, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Is it not odd that about a year ago,Lisa Ling was looking for your endorsement to here website, or I should say her publicist. Now HBO is coming around to knock at your door. Seems that somehow they can get a larger audience if somehow they can get you to say something nice. Just stick to your guns and keep telling the truth, Debbie.

Mr. M on June 10, 2010 at 7:15 pm

It looks like there are way too many morons working at HBO. Do you think this movie will tell it like it happened – that all of this was muzzie on muzzie violence? I’m sure they will also ignore the fact that Neda was one of the lucky ones. The protestors that made it out alive are probably rotting in some iranian hell hole of a prison right now wishing for a quick death.

Jarhead on June 10, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Good job, Debbie. Like its sister corporations CNN and Time, HBO isn’t going to say anything too good about Israel or too bad about Arabs or Muslims. As a non-shrimp eating Jew, I do favor the Iranian opposition, as I think their leader may be more mentally stable than Ahmadouchebag, but otherwise, right on.

A1 on June 10, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Soft spoken Islamists are still Islamists. Just because they wear Western suits and speak good English does not mean they are democrats – just the opposite. Its so easy for people to be fooled by mere appearances.

    NormanF on June 10, 2010 at 8:25 pm

For some reason I thought that Neda was a Christian and that was why she was protesting the clamp down on required islamic dress ans so forth. Oh, well…

S: Please read my work more closely. In fact, I noted that she allegedly wore a Cross and may have converted to Christianity, but that this is irrelevant. RIF-Reading Is Fundamental. DS

Sewsalot on June 10, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Yes, Neda was Christian. MSM published photos of her where the cross around her neck was cropped out. I guess we weren’t supposed to know…

Richard on June 10, 2010 at 8:34 pm

I dropped HBO years ago when I was subjected to a profanity-laced tirade by George Carlin against Ronald Reagan. I canceled that night, much to the operators surprise, and have never looked back.

JeffT on June 10, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Debbie the Marines have a saying that I think fits you pretty well; NO GREATER FRIEND, NO WORSE ENEMY. Thanks for keeping us huddled masses of bitter clingers informed so well.

kenny komodo on June 10, 2010 at 9:03 pm

I rather promote the troops who lost their lives in Iraq instead of a dubious protester looking for attention.

THE LORD THOR on June 10, 2010 at 9:33 pm

Awesome job Debbie. I think it’s funny that these people ignore you when you request something from them, but the first time they want to promote a Muslim they call on the conservative Jew to help them…Go figure.

perception of truth on June 10, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Keep up the good work, Debbie! As some other people here have pointed out, the fact that a media outlet–in this case HBO– had asked you for a favor to help support a program shows how a much of a force that you are. Indeed, keep sticking to your guns and continue to report the truth.

JeffE on June 10, 2010 at 10:17 pm


As always, great work! Have a Good Shabbos!

Josh Taylor on June 10, 2010 at 10:37 pm

The people of Iran don’t want the Mullah’s, but they don’t want another Shaw for sure- The only OTHER political that offers hope is more communist in nature.

W: You are misinformed. They were marching in the streets for Moussavi, who was handpicked by the Mullahs. The Shah was the best thing Iran ever had. Anyone who says otherwise is ignorant. If they don’t want him, it’s only because he was Western, pro-Israel, and pro-US. And that tells me all I need to know about them, which is, as I already noted, that they are radicals no different than those in power. DS

Ward Smith on June 10, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    Turkey is moving in the same direction as Iran. The abandonment of secularism has grave consequences for the stability of the Middle East. The good news is the two leading powers in the Islamic World are likely to feud over who should get to lead it. Its one more feud I hope lasts forever.

    NormanF on June 11, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Hi Debbie,

I stumbled on your tweet in my Twitter feed and was very curious. I happen to like a few HBO series very much and couldn’t possibly understand why the network would air something like that. After reading your post and your reply to the letter you received, I am so happy that there are people out there that are not afraid to speak the truth about Israel, and stand up for Jews the world over. Bravo! Thank you for your honesty and bravery. I will certainly be stopping by here more often and am following you in Twitter.

Gabriella Israel on June 11, 2010 at 12:11 am

Thank you Debbie for elucidating HBO publicist Kate Brunkhorst for the millions of us who understand this reality and see this simple truth and would be pleased to tell HBO same.

Sunlight certainly kills mold. Hopefully, subsequent to changing her underpants after this little lashing, upon marching your responce into her boss’s office, someone there might see the light.

As for me, Monday at 9, I believe I would prefer to watch old reruns of Walker, Texas Ranger maybe have some Fruit Loops and milk.

hill billy on June 11, 2010 at 12:47 am

Why can’t we get our politicians to speak the truth on the Iranian issue? Too many pols and analysts have this hopeful wish that the protesters would promote freedom in Iran, yet they supported another Islamist and they would remain anti-semitic and anti-Israel with Moussavi.

JohnH on June 11, 2010 at 9:31 am

this is a key point lost in the media: the people of the middle east don’t hate israel and the US because their leaders tell them to, the leaders tell them that they hate the US and israel because they know the people do. that’s why the whole regime change thing was so silly

lester on June 11, 2010 at 11:40 am

Remember the HBO “Documentary” “A Death In Gaza”? I certainly do because I cancelled my HBO right after viewing it. An idiot woman and her film crew confront an Israeli tank after dark in a war zone and her cameraman gets shot. There is a very fine line between bravery and stupidity and that woman crossed it.
Instead of presenting a balanced view of the Gaza situation she stops short and conveniently only presents the “Suffering” of Palestinian children making grenades to throw at Israeli soldiers. Small wonder the little angel gets shot in the end and thus creates another “Palestinian tragedy”.

Barry on June 11, 2010 at 1:52 pm

hi Debbie, great work as always…This is stunning. I am glad and thankful u are telling the truth! Youare telling pple what they need: reality!

Another reason to NOT have cable in the house indeed.
have a happy friday,


whoa! on June 11, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Debbie, I, as an Iranian citizen, am 100% pro-democracy, pro- America and pro-Israel. I know many Iranians who are deadly against Islam with the exception of one who is communist.Neda was a young girl totally secular with no love for Islam and its barbarity. Many Iranian in Iran and in the West have denounced Islam are Iranians. The difference between Iranian women and Arab women is beyond comprehension. You discredit yourself every time you insult people like Pamela, Robert who defend America and Israel.

David on June 11, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    David, do you think there is any good show on HBO, regardless of anything else that you can say about this specific show? The problem with many people is that they think, that if someone protests against something, that means that he’s on their side. I already found out, and it turns out that people here found that too, that even if these people don’t like the current regime in Ira, still doesn’t mean that they’re on Israel of America’s side, they usually don’t. Nowadays, I can tell you, as someone from Israel, I don’t feel, and many people in Israel feel the same, that any liberal can defend Israel, and America for that matter. They don’t stick to facts, just their facts, never show the big pictures. So, even if once in a while they do come out as showing that they are on our side, than at the end of the day they already caused so much damage, that we might be better of if they just did nothing for us.

    Tal on June 11, 2010 at 10:13 pm

“he Shah was the best thing Iran ever had. Anyone who says otherwise is ignorant. If they don’t want him, it’s only because he was Western, pro-Israel, and pro-US. ”

debbie with all due respect that is crazy. the people elected mossadegh not the shah. they wanted HIM, not a king!!

He was not the best thing they ever had, I’m sure the victims of the SAVAK would tell you so if they could

lester on June 12, 2010 at 3:13 pm

From Contentions: “Today, one year after Iran’s fraudulent presidential election, an important statement comes from a uniquely moving source. Caspian Makan was the fiance of Neda Agha-Soltan, the innocent woman shot and killed by Basij forces during the protests that followed the election farce. He has since escaped Iran and moved to Canada. Where, of all places, is he spending the first anniversary of the June 12 elections? Israel.

Fox News’s Rina Ninan spoke with Makan in Jerusalem and asked why he was there. His answer provides a sensational rebuke to those who argue that Israel is an increasingly aggressive regional antagonist that must be curbed by the forces of moderation.

The Iranian government created a virtual enemy called Israel. Since the beginning of the 1979 Revolution, every time the people of Iran think about a revolution, the current regime starts mentioning Israel as the enemy to divert their attention, and they tell the people, hey, we’re defending you against Israel.”


Dutchie on June 12, 2010 at 5:29 pm

dutchie- Israel ahs been talking about bombing iran since some of the poeple posting here would probably born and it’s only ramped up as the years go by. no one has to create any boogeyman called israel. look at the iraq war, theres your boogeyman

lester on June 12, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Re: Lester @ 5:59 pm.

    “dutchie- Israel ahs been talking about bombing iran since some of the poeple posting here would probably born and it’s only ramped up as the years go by.”

    You wouldn’t suppose that the reason why Israel has been talking about that has something to do with Iran building a nuclear weapon for the last thirty years, calling Israel “little satan”, and Iran’s prez denying that the Holocaust happened and wanting Israel to be “wiped off the face of the earth”, would you?

    It is up to Iran to determine whether or not Israel attacks Iran. If Iran were to cease this illegal and evil war against Israel and demonstrate by both words and deeds that this is indeed so, then Israel will not act against Iran. However, if Iran instead continues with its current path against Israel, then Israel will indeed sooner or later attack Iran.

    JeffE on June 12, 2010 at 10:04 pm

Jeff- My point is the idea that Israel is some made up threat to Iran is wrong. Israel and the US make constant threats against Iran. it isn’t some fantasy mullahs are drumming up for public consumption

lester on June 13, 2010 at 12:53 pm

@ Lester at 12:53 pm.

I know that is your point, but my point is that Iran started this. If the Mullahs in Iran can point to US and Israeli threats, it is merely because it is a self-fulfilling prophecy because of their own threats that they made against the US and Israel, and did so first. And if the Mullahs in Iran want to make it stop, they can. See my first part of my final paragraph of the post from my 10:04 pm post above on how they can do so.

JeffE on June 13, 2010 at 2:00 pm

JeffE, you are quite right, the lester/Mohammed will never admit it.

Tensions with Iran happened when Khomeini came to power. This coincided with an Iranian attack on American soil (that is what an embassy is in a foreign land), and the rest of the sorry mess.

BTW, I expect that, unlike the Arabs, some of the Iranian protesters really do want democracy. But the leaders who put this anti-regime project together want a continuation of theocracy, with a change of personnel.

skzion on June 13, 2010 at 6:47 pm

longing for the days of the shah is not the way forward

lester on June 14, 2010 at 11:49 am

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