||The neutrality of this article is disputed. (April 2013)|
April 9, 1969 |
|Alma mater||University of Michigan
University of Wisconsin–Madison
|Occupation||Writer, blogger, attorney|
Debbie Schlussel (born April 9, 1969) is a American attorney, film critic, political commentator, and a conservative blogger. Her columns are often provocative and controversial, specifically those detailing what she considers the unsavory elements of Islam, the objectionable activities of American Muslims, illegal immigrants, as well as liberal and “faux-conservative” politicians.
Early life and political career
Schlussel was born in 1969 to a family of Polish Jewish descent. Her father, H.L. Schlussel, was the son of immigrants. An ophthalmologist who also served in the United States Army, he has been a major influence in his daughter's life. She became active in politics at an early age, joining the National Teenage Republicans. At 16 she worked for Republican Congressman Mark D. Siljander, was a Jack Kemp delegate at the 1988 Republican National Convention and has worked on numerous political campaigns.
Schlussel received a BA from the University of Michigan and later earned a JD and MBA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In 1990, Schlussel ran for the Republican nomination for the 4th District (Oakland County) of the Michigan House of Representatives. She was defeated by Barbara Dobb by a single vote from around 8500 cast. Schlussel has since claimed that voter fraud led to her defeat, making allegations of impropriety against the family of her opponent and the judge who ruled on the issue.
In 1998, she stood for nomination to the same district (now renamed the 39th) against Marc Shulman. Schlussel has continued to attack Shulman, in particular when he received the Republican nomination for the Michigan Supreme Court and was defeated.
Professional life and views
Schlussel's columns have been published in the New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, The Jerusalem Post, amongst others. Her film reviews are posted on Andrew Breitbart's Big Hollywood website. She hosted The Debbie Schlussel Show between 2002 and 2003.
The main focus of Schlussel's journalism is targeting what she regards as negative elements of American Islamic society. In 1998, she reported undercover from the Islamic Center of America for The Detroit News. According to her account, invited speaker Louis Farrakhan made an incendiary and anti-American speech at the mosque and was greeted by 'frenzied applause and wild cheering'. The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee criticized her work in its 2002 Hate Crime report, citing Schlussel's criticism of Darrell Issa after he met with Hezbollah in Syria. Schlussel has also been cited by liberal media watchdog Media Matters for spreading misinformation. Schlussel responded to the latter by calling Media Matters "far-left".
During and following the captivity of American journalist Jill Carroll, Schlussel alleged that Carroll hated Israel and America, and implied that she sympathized with her captors. When objections were raised, she derided her critics as "blind worshippers of Jill Carroll" in need of "LASIK."
Schlussel achieved some notoriety because of an editorial in the Wall Street Journal accusing Morgan Spurlock (who produced the documentary series 30 Days and film Super Size Me) of unbalanced and faulty methods in achieving the results for the television show.
In 2007, Schlussel opined that WNBA player Anna DeForge is a bad role model because she is a lesbian. She was criticized for this statement by player Kayte Christensen in an Arizona Republic column.
When the Virginia Tech Massacre occurred on April 16, 2007, the police told the press that the shooter was an “Asian male.” Schlussel was quick to tie it to Muslims, saying in that "Pakis are considered ‘Asian,’” and that it could be “part of a co-ordinated terrorist plot by Pakistanis.”
In 2011, Schlussel provoked controversy by her comments after CBS reporter Lara Logan's sexual assault suffered while covering the Egyptian protests. Schlussel stated, "Lara Logan was among the chief cheerleaders of this 'revolution' by animals. Now she knows what Islamic revolution is really all about. So sad, too bad, Lara." In 2011, she was listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as one of 10 people in the United States' "Anti-Muslim Inner Circle".
After the killing of Osama bin Laden, Schlussel wrote on her blog "1 down, 1.8 billion more to go". Schlussel wrote about the 2011 Norway attacks that while she doesn't "condone violent massacres on innocent civilians" and condemned their killer, she thought that "I’m not sad for either side... Now these kids’ families know what it feels like to be victims of the Islamic terrorists whose Judenrein boycotts and terrorist flotillas against Israel they support." She also stated, "I don’t get too upset when they face the karma that is their fate."
In 2012, Schlussel wrote an article in which she made a comment regarding Barack Obama apology for mistake he made in his speech regarding using the phrase "Polish Death Camps" for Nazi Germany Death Camps, which were located in occupied Poland. Schlussel described the apology as "the feigned shock and fake moralizing over his comments, yesterday, about German Nazi death camps in Poland being a Polish death camp...Poles murdered millions of Jews, they maintained several death camps, and they wiped out almost all of both sides of my family, as well as those in hundreds of thousands of other Jewish families". Her commentary, publicized by, among others, the Polish Press Agency, met with wide-scale protests in Poland. Chairman of Polish Parliament's Foreign Affairs Commission Grzegorz Schetyna called it a "pack of lies". During the 72nd anniversary of the first deportation of inmates to the Auschwitz concentration camp numerous Holocaust survivors referred to Schlussel's commentary as "slanderous" and appealed to president of Poland Bronisław Komorowski to prosecute Schlussel for the "Auschwitz lie", which is a criminal offence in Poland. In its daily news release, the Institute of National Remembrance dubbed Schlussel's commentary as "defamatory".
-  Schlussel, H.L., "One Little Lamb & 3+ Bad Wolves: A Short History of the Mid-East Peace Process", 21 March 2006
-  Schlussel, Debbie, "Confessions of an Orthodox Jew", Jewish World Review, 11 August 2000
-  Gizzi, John "Back from a one-vote loss". Human Events. Jul 31, 1998
- "Jayson Blair in a Skirt: Detroit Free Press "Reporter" Fabricates Story", December 12, 2005
-  "Chutzpah, Inc.: Michigan GOP Recruits Fieger Associate, Trial Lawyer for Supreme Court; Promises Appt. After He Loses", August 24, 2006.
-  "Endorsements: If You Vote in Michigan, Remember... ", November 6, 2006.
-  "Schlussel Endorsements Help Decide Michigan Elections", November 8, 2006.
- Schlussel, Debbie (2001-10-08). "Radical Islam's Phony Patriotism". Debbie Schlussel. Retrieved 2007-04-20.
- 2002 Hate Crime report, see "Media Bias and Defamation: Hostile Commentary in Print"
- "Mein Fuhrer, Media Matters: Thanks, Keith Olbermann and Nazi George Soros". Debbieschlussel.com. Retrieved 2013-04-23.
- Schlussel, Debbie (2006-01-18). "SICK: Jordan Times on Jill Carroll & Who Deserves Beheading". debbieschlussel.com. Retrieved 2007-01-19.
- Schlussel, Debbie (2006-03-30). "So, Anti-American Jill Carroll was Freed...". debbieschlussel.com. Retrieved 2007-01-19.
- Jacoby, Jeff (2006-04-05). "Hold that opinion". op-ed. Boston Globe. Retrieved 2007-01-19.
- Schlussel, Debbie (2006-04-02). "Premature Articulation: The REAL Jill Carroll for Jimmy Carter Geraghty and Others w/Reading Comprehension Deficiencies". debbieschlussel.com. Retrieved 2007-01-19.
- Schlussel, Debbie (2005-06-24). "Unreal for 30 Days: A "documentary" on Islam tells a preconceived story.". Opinion Journal. Retrieved 2007-01-19.
- Balko, Radley (2005-08-16). "Spurlock Food Scare a Super Size Scam". Fox News. Retrieved 2007-01-19.
- Christensen, Kayte (June 21, 2005). "Want models? Role models? WNBA embodies female athlete". Arizona Republic. Retrieved August 26, 2007.
- Media Matters for America: 4/17/2007. Accessed on 5/10/2010 http://mediamatters.org/research/200704170006
- "Now FEMALE pundit lays into Egypt sex attack victim Lara Logan and 'animal' protesters.". Daily Mail. 18 February 2011. Retrieved 19 February 2011.
- The Anti-Muslim Inner Circle, Intelligence Report, Summer 2011, Issue Number: 142
- "Osama bin Laden Dead: Debbie Schlussel Calls for Killing 1.8 Billion Muslims; Let the Crackpot Raving Begin!".
- "Anti-Muslim Blogger: Slain Norwegian Teens Were ‘Hateful, Privileged Brats'".
- "Poles Were Complicit in Holocaust: Outrage Over Obama "Gaffe" is Fraudulent, Ignorant". Debbieschlussel.com. 2012-05-30. Retrieved 2013-04-23.
- (Polish) Schetyna, Grzegorz (July 6, 2012). Gość Radia Zet. Interview with Monika Olejnik. Radio Zet. Warsaw. http://www.radiozet.pl/Programy/Gosc-Radia-ZET/Blog/Grzegorz-Schetyna4. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
- (Polish) PAP (corporate author) (2012-06-14). "Rocznica pierwszego transportu więźniów do KL Auschwitz" [Anniversary of the first transport of inmates to KL Auschwitz]. Gazeta Wyborcza (Warsaw: Agora). Polish Press Agency. ISBN 2882500289. ISSN 0860-908X. OL 15247334M. Retrieved 2012-07-09.
- (Polish) IPN (corporate author) (2012). "Przegląd mediów – 6 czerwca 2012" [Media review, June 6, 2012]. ipn.gov.pl. Institute of National Remembrance. Retrieved 2012-07-09.