October 5, 2005, - 12:39 am

Al Jazeera’s American Boob

By Debbie Schlussel
Meet America’s latest big boob. No, it’s not one of Anna Nicole Smith’s.
His name is Josh Rushing, the Village Voice’s fave former Marine Captain. And he’s very excited about his latest showbiz role: chief American monkey for Al Jazeera.
When we last saw Rushing, he was out of a job (he was Al-Jazeera’s press liaison at Central Command), going on “Nightline,” Bill Moyers’ “NOW” on PBS, and whatever other liberal media sop would have him and his “somebody give me a job” pronouncements. Ted Koppel gushed over him.
Rushing was looking for a job because he was essentially fired from the U.S. military after his moronic starring role in the Al-Jazeera propaganda fluff film, “Control Room.”
Not only is he a bigger boob than Anna Nicole Smith’s entire chest combined, Rushing also shares her intellect and the politics of . . . well, Al-Jazeera. Maybe that’s why Al-Jazeera just hired Rushing to be it’s American propagandist . . . er, correspondent.

Moron AND Traitor: Al-Jazeera’s Josh Rushing

His pronouncements in “Control Room” were replete with comparisons of FOX News Channel to Al-Jazeera and wishes to make a career of promoting “the Palestinian issue.”
“Control Room” was the 2004 one-sided promotional vehicle for the terrorist news network. American military press aides–especially Rushing–were portrayed as stupid (in Rushing’s case, not a stretch) and insensitive. American military personnel were portrayed as murderers, liars, and everything else bad you can think of. Al-Jazeera, of course, was portrayed as a noble, non-biased bastion of journalism. Why, its chief producer was upset when, at the start of the War in Iraq, a booker chose a far-left American-basher instead of someone “more balanced.” Yeah, right.
Detroit Free Press film critic, no conservative, wrote of “Control Room” that it “leaves unanswered far too many critical questions about Al Jazeera’s mission, its funding, its status in Arab countries, and its standing among international media.”
Rushing–loved by most mainstream media as “genuinely committed” (Entertainment Weekly), “articulate” (Time Magazine), and “impressive” (Seattle’s KING5) – had some interesting comments in “Control Room,” when he wasn’t stumbling over his words.
On FOX News Channel: “We’re watching Al-Jazeera and I can tell what they’re showing, and then I can tell what they’re not showing by choice. . . . Same thing when I watch FOX on the other end of the spectrum. It benefits Al-Jazeera to play to Arab nationalism because that’s their audience, just like FOX plays to American patriotism for the exact same reason–American nationalism.”
FOX News Channel is not a government-run media outlet. Al-Jazeera, founded and funded by Qatar’s Royal Al-Thani family, is. FOX News doesn’t employ “journalists” who moonlight as terrorists. Al-Jazeera does. Days ago, Taysir Alouni, an Al-Jazeera war correspondent, was convicted in Spain of financing, recruiting and logistically supporting Al Qaeda. An Al-Jazeera reporter was arrested in 2004 for providing monetary and other aid to Palestinian terrorists. I don’t see Brit Hume or Sean Hannity doing that anytime soon.
Al Jazeera features a weekly religious show hosted by terrorist group Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual leader, Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi–who issues fatwas urging homicide bombings in Israel and against U.S. soldiers in Iraq. FOX News does no such thing.
But Josh Rushing is too dense to see a difference. Now working for Jazeera, Rushing says he’d “like to go on FOX News as much as possible.” Good luck.
Then there is Rushing on Israel. When bloated Al-Jazeera “journalist” Hassan Ibrahim complains about “Palestine” and compares it to Iraq and the Israelis to Americans, Rushing responds, “I absolutely agree with you. If I get out of the Marine Corps and do anything, I wanna do something with the Palestinian issue. I don’t think Americans are getting good information about it. I really don’t.”
Funny how none of these comments made it into the recent USA Today cover story puff piece on Rushing.
Rushing tells Al-Jazeera how its footage of Iraqi bombing victims “didn’t affect me as much” as footage of dead American soldiers and hostages and that he just forgot about it and went to dinner. “It upset me on a profound level that I wasn’t as bothered as much.”
There’s more of Rushing’s servile “tell ’em what they wanna hear about us evil Americans” pronouncements. He can’t help it. He just wants to be loved. As Detroit Free Press film critic Lawson writes of Rushing, “he often seems to be auditioning for a best friend role.” Sometimes “serving your country” isn’t really much of a service.
When “Control Room” came out, Pentagon brass realized what a mistake they made allowing this fawning, airheaded charmer to appear in this Islamist version of Leni Riefenstahl Productions. They demoted Rushing back to the graveyard of Hollywood studio liaison and made it clear he wouldn’t be moving up again. They also forbade him from ever talking to the press again.
So Rushing quit the Marine Corps, and begged for a job on “Nightline” and everywhere else. And his dream of “do[ing] something with the Palestinian issue” came true when the only employer that would have him–his old friends at Jazeera–came-a-calling. The marine didn’t see working for this murder-enabling network as disloyal. They’re paying him much more than the $70,000 the Marines paid. Don’t expect someone without a brain to have a conscience.
Now this enemy-pandering nimrod, Josh Rushing, is the new face of America to billions of radical Muslims worldwide.
No wonder they disdain us.

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17 Responses

“Rushing has the intellect of Anna Nicole Smith and the politics of . . . well, Al Jazeera.” Really Deb? This moron was defending America??? Gad zooks!

KOAJaps on October 4, 2005 at 1:22 pm

Happy Rosh Hashana, Debbie. Once again, you put the interest in these less-desireables that make the “human interest” stories. I’m betting that his former platoon comrades are wishing they had another chance to pull the bar soap in the pillow case beating on Rushing.

Yiddish Steel on October 4, 2005 at 5:50 pm

We ALL forget the Dostoevsky maxim from a hundred years ago—Love thy neighbours but HATE the Jews—so is it any wonder that the Israelites are constantly under attack???

EminemsRevenge on October 4, 2005 at 6:36 pm

George Orwell had his kind pegged during WWII: he is a sort of Ezra Pound but both stupider and prettier. He is just a moral slut who wants to be loved.

taffy on October 5, 2005 at 7:33 am

I was going to say, “Can anybody say, ‘Cindy Sheehan?'” but Cindy was just another anti-war boob. I can say (more accurately), “Can anyone say, ‘Vanessa Redgrave?'”
Isn’t he giving aid and comfort to the enemy? Try him for treason.

Loser on October 5, 2005 at 10:27 pm

I hate to admit it, but I used to work with Mr. Rushing (when he was still on active duty.) He is smart in the book sense, but GAWD what a moron he’s become. I hate to see this happened to him. He used to be a good Marine … USED to be. God willing he will remain “unbiased” and not a pawn of Al-Jazeera, but I doubt it. Good riddance, that’s all I can say!!!

Griffandolke on October 7, 2005 at 2:12 pm

Plain and simple… you give journalism a bad name. I am embarassed to say I am from the same country as you, much less to have you represent any part of American civilization through your poorly articulated article about a man representing the heart and soul of America. I understand Control Room was made for an audience above 8th grade, but perhaps you should watch it in slow motion and maybe you will catch on this time. America is murdering people for whatever reason, and you’re letting it happen so that you can keep your cushy lifestyle. If the tables were turned would you be able to sit down and interview an Iraqi officer without wanting to hit him in the face after his military just “accidently” killed your spouse? I am an American Jew and proud of it, but let other people have their religions. Let them have their wars and their governments, keep your head where it belongs… in America. Despite what you say about Josh Rushing, he represents me and my generation and fortunately for us, you won’t be around when we are in office. Be a human, be considerate, be kind, be compassionate. Be everything the Torah tells us to be, which is nothing close to a murderer, slanderer, and liar like you.

PaisanoEmily on December 7, 2006 at 2:08 pm

Debbie, or should I call you “Ann Coulter Clone”,
Why do you hate Josh Rushing so much? If you are pro-Israeli, thats fine. You have a right to your opinion. But blatantly attacking Josh Rushing and Al Jazeera with your lies only because of his support for Al Jazeera and the Palestinians only shows your inability to stick to the facts of the issue and resort to neoconservative “swiftboat” tactics. Why do you hate Arabs so much? Israelis took their land; they didnt take Israeli land… Wake up and smell the coffee… neo-conservatism is losing ground in America. Americans are finally waking up to the neo-con crap and are opening their minds to more liberal thoughts. Josh Rushing is a perfect example of that. He is an intelligent American waking up to the realities of our “Anti-Arab, Pro-Israeli” media and the influence it has over the American people. Its time the truth came out… Call him an anti-semite… people like you always do when someone shows any support for Arabs or critisizes Israeli policies in any way.

JesseKing on March 19, 2007 at 2:24 pm

Hi Debbie just wondering if you are the long lost daughter of Bill O’Rielly. I know is is a long way down the track from original post but for god sake, Fox is Rupert Murdock, ex Australian now Jewish American who put Pinnocio sorry Bush back into power. It seems your happy to be fed lies by your own Government.

aussiechris on September 1, 2008 at 4:51 am

Hi Debbie just wondering if you are the long lost daughter of Bill O’Rielly. I know it is a long way down the track from original post but for god sake, Fox is Rupert Murdock, ex Australian now Jewish American who put Pinnocio sorry Bush back into power. It seems your happy to be fed lies by your own Government.

aussiechris on September 1, 2008 at 4:51 am

Hi Debbie just wondering if you are the long lost daughter of Bill O’Rielly. I know it is a long way down the track from original post but for god sake, Fox is Rupert Murdock, ex Australian now Jewish American who put Pinnocio sorry Bush back into power. It seems your happy to be fed lies by your own Government.

aussiechris on September 1, 2008 at 4:54 am

Fuck. You.

Qatari on March 19, 2009 at 8:12 pm

God you are one dirty little scumbag Schlussel. Absolutely disgusting bitch. You should change that picture of yourself at the top of this page, you look like a clown with that layer of makeup on, but I suppose its the lesser of two evils. I hope you die soon 🙂

Bob Contin on August 25, 2010 at 11:56 pm

I wouldn’t typically comment on this but your complete demonization of a man who is trying to bridge Western/Islamic relations borders on revolting.

Why is it that when an American begins to question the mission that he has been appointed he is chacterized as a “traitor.”

If you do not agree with his views or his choices that is fine, but do NOT slander a man who chose to protect his country like so many others.

reactionary and sensationalist views like yours are one of the contributing factors to the growing void between America and everyone else, a problem that men like Rushing are actually trying to help mend.

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i cant believe this, its actually sad how ignorant you are. josh rushing is no moron or traitor as you say, and al Jazeera is far more factual or balanced than you are so maybe you should take a step back. this documentary was made at a time where the US was slaughtering innocent people, and for what? revenge is probably the only thing i cant link it to. american’s think they are so patriotic but when one of their own advocates the truth you slander him as a traitor

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