January 28, 2009, - 2:25 pm

The L.A. Times’ New Schlussel Obsession

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.

19 Responses

To bad you’re such a class act Deb,I would have e-mailed him w/ a “thanks for the mention & BTW K.M.A.

billybob on January 28, 2009 at 2:57 pm

This might also be a childish way of the LA Times trying to get back at you for exposing the plagiarism of their hack reporter some months ago re Obama’s Muslim connections & supporters. A lot of these people, especially underachievers with big egos have long memories, and are not the most mature people in the world. I would’t put some infantile desire for revenge past them.

c f on January 28, 2009 at 3:01 pm

I stopped reading the Los Angeles Times back when I still lived in California. I never bother to open any MSM paper today or see the Obamafest on the TV nightly newscasts. Sucks to be them, indeed! What am I missing?

NormanF on January 28, 2009 at 3:02 pm

Way to go Debbie, you maniacal right-wing columnist/blogger/anti-Islamic crusader. Goldstein took a few shots in the comments to his piece.
BTW, I subscribe to the LA Times and you know, the only time I even open the Calendar section is to read the funnies. Who the hell is Patrick Goldstein – never mind – I suddenly realized I don’t care.
Uh Oh. Flashback. I just had to sign in twice to post. Is TypePad having a relapse?

Richard on January 28, 2009 at 3:49 pm

The L.A. Times not only is insulting you but it is attacking your readers as well, those who are registered and those who are not.
But who really cares about a toilet-paper like the L.A. times?
Dying toilet-papers will say and do anything to get some attention and increase sales, which will never happen.
But I hope they attack your registered readers and commentators by name. I can’t wait to personally unload on them.
Usually if I buy a newspaper (once a year or so), I end up using it as toilet paper if I run out of pages from the Qur’an.

Independent Conservative on January 28, 2009 at 4:18 pm

Debbie, you knew this was coming. With so many Conservatives/Republicans jumping on the COBRAMA train (“All Aboard”), they want to smoke out the rest you out like they are trying to do with Rush and Ann. First the Hags came after Ann and now COBRAMA is trying to crush Rush. Well I know they will fail with you three, you guys come prepared.
It’s funny every time they bash you, you probably get more readers. The reason I found your site was because Keith Olberman put you on the “worst person in the world”. I remembered you on various shows then really didn’t see you much on TV here.
Keep up the good work.
As for the Calender section, it is a guide for places for liberals to get drunk on the “posh” LA West Side. With the internet, newspaper and cable news channels are going to the dogs.

californiascreaming on January 28, 2009 at 4:50 pm

The Calendar of the Los Angeles Times is the section with all the entertainment information – movies, theatre, concerts, etc. I’m sure it’s read by a great many people in Los Angeles since that is their main industry.
Regarding the movie, I also questioned your review. It seemed as though you were reviewing the concept of the movie and not the movie itself. The plot/story is worthy, but the film was predictable, clichÈd and left a lot of questions unanswered. And the climax is so ìIndiana Jonesî my friend and I both burst out laughing.

LoveAManInAUniform on January 28, 2009 at 5:54 pm

I just love it when you get under their skin !
Regarding the speech : the Al Arabiya dude summed
it up by saying “there was no content”. I think he
meant it as a compliment, but hit it right on the nose with Barry !
When Barry mentioned his Muslim family, I thought
immediately of his half brother living in a shack
on $ 10 a year in Africa ( Liberals are so generous ! )
And let’s not forget his Illegal Immigrant auntie
on the lam from ICE ! Living on our taxes for several years now !

Hawkins on January 28, 2009 at 6:25 pm

Responding to them just shows how small time you really are. So concerned with your image? Spend more time in front of the mirror then!

John the Baptist on January 28, 2009 at 6:33 pm

“It seems the Los Angeles Times has an unrequited, unilateral obsession with me.”
Don’t we all?!?!?

Jeff_W on January 28, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Conservatives haven’t had much to cheer about in the past few years. The demise of newspapers in major metro areas is an exception. I subscribe to WSJ (go Bret Stephens), IBD, and my town paper (which just gives us the straight local news).

sonomaca on January 28, 2009 at 8:39 pm

sore loser? lol, you’re the same woman whining and crying that 60 some million people voted for Obama. If one thing conservatives do well is whine after somebody attacks them. Yet you guys do it ALL the time, then cry when somebody attacks you. Who’s really the victim in this whole thing?

Independentone on January 28, 2009 at 8:52 pm

yep, goldsein kept mentioning you debbie.
he must have crush.
poor patrick… continues to work for a dying rag.
sweetpea, it’s time to start the job hunt.
dg – i LOVE that you irritate the hell
out of these infantile chumps.

kaps on January 29, 2009 at 12:17 am

Debbie keep up the GREAT work…please. I enjoy everything you do from your “legal briefs” (which I have read on pacer), your website comments, your appearances, and on http://www.debbieschlussel.com.
If you ever are in Washington DC area and are in need me, and my multi-black belts in martial arts, will gladly be at your disposal.
After all when you speak the truth they “may” be those in which they attempt to silence speech.
Thanks again and I am happy to be back and getting up to speed again.
God bless and take care.
Jeffrey Schrembs

Nostradamus on January 29, 2009 at 1:54 am

Only thing i ever got out of your columns RE: Barack was that he’s a dumb Nigro…Michelle is the one you portray as a secret Muslim, hence the neverending Michelle HUSSEIN Obama, when here middle name happens to be LaVaughn.
Amazing how racists hate being exposed!

EminemsRevenge on January 29, 2009 at 7:39 am

By strict islamic law Obama is either a muslim(because his father was muslim)or an apostate (because he has turned away). An apostate is the only thing worse than a Jew in Islam. Apostasy is punishable by death. So Obamaniacs, take your pick…either he IS a muslim or he is targeted for murder by same.

steveb1 on January 29, 2009 at 8:00 am

Hee hee. Thank you for a smile and laugh today. It sucks to be them!

FeFe on January 29, 2009 at 12:17 pm

The Los Angeles Slimes, are liken to that New York Slimes POS of a rag that are the eyes, and ears for our enemies, except L.A.’s on steroids. When will these useful idiots ever get a clue as to why their sales have flat-lined, and ready for a granite R.I.P. grave stone. Liberal news papers are like liberal talk shows, FAILURES. So maybe the “Fairness Doctrine” might save their worthless liberals asses, with a 50% dose of conservatism. Oops, forgot, that law won’t apply to liberal news papers…Right!

Jackson Pearson on January 29, 2009 at 1:23 pm

Just goes to show that you’re doing something right. (Actually, a lot right.) I’d like to find a book that explains exactly how the MSM got into the deplorable condition we find them in today. The press in Russia is suddenly more trustworthy than the American press.

Rip Alinsky on January 29, 2009 at 9:17 pm

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