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Debbie Schlussel

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Debbie Schlussel
Born April 9, 1969 (age 43)
United States
Alma mater University of Michigan
University of Wisconsin
Occupation Writer, blogger, attorney

Debbie Schlussel (born April 9, 1969) is an American attorney, film critic, political commentator, and a conservative blogger who focuses particularly on Islam and American Muslims. Her writing frequently targets the largely Muslim population of the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, which she refers to as “Dearbornistan”.[1] 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.

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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.[2] 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.[3]

Schlussel received a BA from the University of Michigan and later earned a JD and MBA from the University of Wisconsin. While at the University of Michigan, she once appeared on an episode of The Morton Downey, Jr Show that was filmed in Detroit, Michigan. 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.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6][7][8]

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’.[9] 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.[10] Schlussel has also been cited by liberal media watchdog Media Matters for spreading misinformation.[citation needed] Schlussel responded to the latter by calling Media Matters “far-left”.[11]

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.[12][13] When objections were raised,[14] she derided her critics as “blind worshippers of Jill Carroll” in need of “LASIK.” [15]

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.[16][17]

In 2007, Schlussel opined that WNBA player Anna DeForge is a bad role model because she is a lesbian.[18] She was criticized for this statement by player Kayte Christensen in an Arizona Republic column.[18]

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 a racist tirade that “Pakis are considered ‘Asian,’” and that it could be “part of a co-ordinated terrorist plot by Pakistanis.”[19]

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.[20]

After the killing of Osama bin Laden, Schlussel wrote on her blog “1 down, 1.8 billion more to go”.[21] 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.”[22]

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