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Debbie Schlussel Isn’t Very Diligent

Debbie Schlussel is angry about the forthcoming joint cruise between TAS and National Review for amongst other things including Grover Norquist in the proceedings. Then she launched a lengthy tirade against TAS part of which I have highlighted below:

And as for the American Spectator, it’s the same deal. Several American Spectator editors repeatedly attacked me for exposing Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih’s Hezbollah family and the fact that her pageant bids were paid for by PFLP terrorist, immigration defrauder, and FBI Award revokee Imad Hamad. They also attacked me for pointing out that Lara Logan learned the true Islam when she was gang-raped by the Egyptian Muslim “democracy” protesters in Tahrir Square. This little, inconvenient fact got in the way of the magazine’s strong support for the “democracy protesters” and the removal of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak (the Spectator’s idiotic Aaron Goldstein actually quoted the New York Times pan-Muslim Marxist Nicholas Kristof to bolster their support).

Well, one can say many things about Debbie Schlussel. Being diligent isn’t one of them.

I didn’t quote Nicholas Kristof concerning Egypt. John Guardiano did. To which I replied:

Alas, Guardiano is content to dismiss the anti-Semitism of some of the protesters. Why? Because The New York Times says so. OK, maybe Nicholas Kristof saw only one anti-Semitic sign. Well, he can take a look at these others. Somehow I find it hard to believe there aren’t more where those came from.

So I didn’t quote Kristof on Egypt much less endorse any argument he was making. In fact, the only time that I have quoted Kristof was to critique an article he wrote concerning his questions for Bahrain’s King Hamad.

With regard to Egypt, as John can attest, we disagreed quite sharply. I wasn’t the only one here at TAS who took a skeptical view towards Egypt. For Ms. Schlussel’s edification, I cite articles written by Ben Stein, Jed Babbin, as well as a thoughtful blog post from Jim Antle.

Sadly, this isn’t the first time Ms. Schlussel has been inaccurate in her characterization of what I wrote (and probably not the last):

As his proof that the 200 Muslims who attacked Logan were operatives of Mubarak, Guardiano cites some Kapo token Spectator Jew, Aaron Goldstein. Goldstein’s “proof” that the attackers were Mubarak “thugs masquerading as protesters”? Well, he links to the terse CBS statement announcing the assault – a statement which says no such thing, doesn’t mention Mubarak, and says absolutely nothing he claims.

Here was my response to Schlussel:

If Ms. Schlussel is going to refer to me as “some Kapo token Spectator Jew” then should do me the courtesy of actually reading what I have written. Not only have I not asserted that the thugs who attacked Logan were pro-Mubarak but I criticized Guardiano when he claimed they were. I also criticized Guardiano when he suggested pro-Mubarak forces produced anti-Semitic signs seen during the protests.

I ended with that post by writing, “And with that I trust that Schlussel will correct the record.”

Well, that was fifteen months ago and I’m still waiting.

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