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Schlussel's Hannity Smear Debunked
American Spectator ^ | on 3.19.10 @ 6:06PM | By John Tabin

Posted on 03/20/2010 6:39:41 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines

Tim Mak at FrumForum is debunking each of Debbie Schlussel's allegations against Sean Hannity and Freedom Alliance.

Schlussel has been unreliable in the past, and in retrospect I should have approached her report with more skepticism (the lede sentence on my post this morning -- "This is disgusting" -- should have been something more like "If this is true, it's disgusting"). I apologize to Hannity, and (much more importantly) to our readers.

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KEYWORDS: debbie; hannity; schlussel; sean
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1 posted on 03/20/2010 6:39:41 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

I notice Schlussel showed up to comment. Her timing is horrendous! Couldn’t she have waited for the Obamacare vote
to go one way or the other?


2 posted on 03/20/2010 6:44:23 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Anti-Bubba182

She has exposed herself, AT BEST, as an attention whore eaten alive by hate, and at worst, as a lib sympathizer— given the timing of her attack.


3 posted on 03/20/2010 6:46:15 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Debbie Schlussel| 3.19.10 @ 6:41PM

You know who's unreliable? John Tabin, who--this morning posted excerpts of my column and endorsed them--and then did a 180 when Sean Vannity threatened his boss Bob Tyrell, the editor of this once great publication. It's hilarious that repeating a CYA press release put out by the rip-off charity at issue is now "debunking." Tabin didn't even read the "debunking" yet b/c it's still being put up piecemeal, since there's actually no "debunking" going on at all. You can't debunk Freedom Alliance's tax forms, unless you are admitting they committed tax fraud.

In fact, the Freedom Alliance “response” doesn’t answer any of the questions I raised and goes on to lie more. They don’t address why they gave a triple amputee only $200—and in fact there are many of these examples provided in their tax return addendum, but I only cited a few for brevity’s sake. They also lie and claim that they gave a lot more money to charity b/c they categorize it as “program expenses.” But I’m sorry—calling $3 million in consulting fees, printing, and postage “program expenses” doesn’t change the fact that it still went to their cronies, not to a fund and not the soldiers who only got on average less than $900 apiece. It also doesn’t change the fact that out of the money spent (I didn’t use the money they claim they raised for their scholarship fund) the vast majority goes to those kinds of expenses.

Also, the “scholarship fund” is really a war chest for something else. We’ve been at war since 2001, when we went into Afghanistan, and we’re winding down in Iraq. Unless the kids were born in 2001 or thereafter, many of these kids are in college now and Freedom Alliance is giving them a pittance toward their college tuition, while they continue to build this massive warchest. With a giant multi-million dollar fund, why aren’t they giving the kids a free, complete ride to college? And how many kids of deceased troops will there be in the future? Enough to exhaust a multi-million dollar fund? Doubtful.

Moreover, because they hoarded millions of dollars, their returns show the fund shrunk by several million dollars with bad investments and market losses. That money could have put these kids through college for the entire time. What’s their excuse for the soldiers with no limbs and with severe burns? Are they waiting for two decades from now when technology is better? $165 for a soldier who is blind and his face blew up? No excuse for that. Their “response” is simply a non-response and an attempt to cover up the fraud. How sad that John Tabin and the American Spectator are going along. Tells me a lot about your journalistic integrity: You have none.

DS

4 posted on 03/20/2010 6:47:12 AM PDT by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the existing Constitution"Obama Adviser)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

I have learned never to trust anything that Debbie Schussel has to say. She is just a nasty, self absorbed huckster. Her rebuttal to this article is a good example of her work. She’s baked a nonsense pie and now she’s demanding that everyone eat it.


5 posted on 03/20/2010 6:49:03 AM PDT by centurion316
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To: Anti-Bubba182

I know how to make Nancy need one more vote, tell Schussel the Bloomingdales in North Miami Beach is having a sale on shoes, tomorrow only. A walking JAP sterotype that woman is.


6 posted on 03/20/2010 6:49:24 AM PDT by pburgh01
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To: icwhatudo

I’ve never hit a woman but I’d do 12 months w/ the satisfaction knowing DS will poop teeth in 30 hours


7 posted on 03/20/2010 6:52:37 AM PDT by advertising guy (Consumer Of Confiscated Liquers Czar)
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To: xsmommy
She has exposed herself, AT BEST, as an attention whore eaten alive by hate, and at worst, as a lib sympathizer

Or as a woman scorned.

8 posted on 03/20/2010 6:53:02 AM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: icwhatudo

“Tells me a lot about your journalistic integrity: You have none.”

Pot meet kettle.


9 posted on 03/20/2010 6:54:36 AM PDT by NoobRep
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

If Deb remains true to type, she will move on to accusing all those who are pointing out what a whack-job she is of being raging anti-Semites.


10 posted on 03/20/2010 6:56:17 AM PDT by hcmama
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

She is such a slut...But then again that may be a complement to her...


11 posted on 03/20/2010 6:59:43 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus sayin')
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Looks like Debbie tried to do a hit job here.....


12 posted on 03/20/2010 7:00:33 AM PDT by misterrob (Have you tea bagged a liberal today?)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Debbie hates any conservative that gets more attention than she does, especially conservative women. She hates Coulter and Malkin, has viciously attacked Sarah Palin, and despises Sean Hannity. She fancies herself in the Peggy Noonan/Kathleen Parker mold, but just can’t understand why Meet the Press isn’t giving her a call every Sunday.


13 posted on 03/20/2010 7:00:48 AM PDT by AnnGora (Let 'er rip, Tater Chip!)
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To: centurion316
I agree...I can't believe the number of Freepers (maybe some are trolls) that sided with this bitch when this story came out. Again...shame on them!!!! You don't have to totally agree with Sean or like him, but come on...use your brains and understand there are people (liberals) out there trying to bring him down...and many on FR fell in the trap! I even linked to a liberal website from 2006 spewing the same crap, yet people on here turned a blind eye. Frankly, FR can be an ugly place at times.
14 posted on 03/20/2010 7:01:15 AM PDT by halo66
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To: xsmommy

I’ve never been a Schlussel fan, so I’m baffled as to her motives for this smear—you hit on the one possibility that seems to make sense: a trojan liberal?


15 posted on 03/20/2010 7:06:15 AM PDT by MizSterious (Do you not think an angel rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm? John Page, 1744-1808)
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To: halo66

Man, do I agree with you!
I caught this stuff posted yesterday and, as a rule, cringed but thought to wait it out to see if there would be verification...
I was mildly shocked at how many fellow freeps jumped on the band wagon immediately!
How do we fight the “bad guys” if we are so quick to jump on one of our own?
Talk abt self-destructive behavior...and at such a crucial time...geez people, get a grip!


16 posted on 03/20/2010 7:07:25 AM PDT by matginzac
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To: xsmommy

Well Put, My sentiments exactly !!!Thanks


17 posted on 03/20/2010 7:08:20 AM PDT by chatham
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To: pburgh01
She truly is a stereotype. Everything is phone about Debbie right down to the heavily Photoshopped image on her website. She is insanely jealous of women like Sarah Palin and Michelle Malkin who are happy and have achieved all the things she has failed to achieve.
18 posted on 03/20/2010 7:08:31 AM PDT by bwc2221
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To: halo66

“Frankly, FR can be an ugly place at times.”

Any place with a large gathering of human beings can be, but don’t blame FR. Completely understand what you are saying, though...


19 posted on 03/20/2010 7:09:04 AM PDT by dubyagee (Thrilled to be here...)
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To: dubyagee

Not blaming FR...I just know that I did not see this on FR when I joined...and it seems to be getting worse.


20 posted on 03/20/2010 7:12:13 AM PDT by halo66
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To: halo66
Freerepublic used to be a place where people demanded proof before jumping on any bandwagon. It's disappointing how many sided with Deb, without checking things out first.

We're becoming as bad as the media, shoot first and question later.

That was a vicious hit job by Deb, I don't understand what has happened to her.

21 posted on 03/20/2010 7:12:51 AM PDT by McGavin999
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
'Debbie Schlussel'
Hmmm? Didn't she used to be somebody?

'series', The little Princess is peed that with our new conservative female 'stars' like Sarahcuda and Michele Bachmann, little Debbie has become irrelevant.


('New' FR Picture Rules)

Debbie needs a shopping trip to Bloomingdale's to cheer herself up. /s

22 posted on 03/20/2010 7:13:52 AM PDT by Condor51 (A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. [A. Einstein])
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To: McGavin999

Exactly...this is what I mean when I say FR can be an ugly place. I kept calling this story BS and many on FR said Sean really needs to address this NOW! We are in the middle of losing our country as we know it and Sean is working his ass off to get people out there to be a part of the solution, yet many on here were calling him out to address this NOW! If Sean had to address every accusation about him...that’s all he would be doing. Again, PATHETIC!


23 posted on 03/20/2010 7:17:42 AM PDT by halo66
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To: matginzac
...I was mildly shocked at how many fellow freeps jumped on the band wagon immediately!...

I imagine there are a lot of liberal "sleeper agents" here on FR.

24 posted on 03/20/2010 7:17:44 AM PDT by FReepaholic (No matter where you go...there you are.)
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To: bwc2221
..."right down to the heavily Photoshopped image on her website.

I don't recall visiting her site, so I had to take a look for myself. Wow, you weren't kidding.

25 posted on 03/20/2010 7:17:57 AM PDT by new cruelty
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

After reading the article and comments here I still have no idea what this is all about. What caused all this?


26 posted on 03/20/2010 7:19:13 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

There has been bad blood for years. I have seen Deb claim that Sean was not crediting her for this or that scoop and I’ll bet she was right on that stuff at least


27 posted on 03/20/2010 7:23:49 AM PDT by dennisw (It all comes 'round again --Fairport)
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To: hcmama

“Deb remains true to type, she will move on to accusing all those who are pointing out what a whack-job she is of being raging anti-Semites.”

Pretty good trick for the “FrumForum” (a forum restricted to Orthodox Jews) to be anti-semitic!


28 posted on 03/20/2010 7:34:33 AM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (Nothing to see here. Move along.)
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To: halo66

I don’t listen to Hannity or watch his TV show. I just had to give up all that stress-producing barrage of information after a heart attack 3 years ago, so I don’t listen to or watch anything like that much. Sometimes MSNBC for pure amusement at watching them slobber and froth. I do know personally some of the performers and musicians who have worked with Hannity on these gigs, however. One in particular is a very wise man and good steward of the gifts God has given him. He would NOT be fooled into doing such a thing as donating his talent and time to a fraudulent charity. That’s all I have to go on, but it’s enough for me.


29 posted on 03/20/2010 7:42:20 AM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
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To: FReepaholic

Probably - and kind of naive of me to trust in posters’ committment to the conservative cause...
But this is still my first site to go to for all political info - I go to others afterward - and I love the folks who are “regulars” - sanity in the midst of shear LUNACY!!!!!
Rock on, fellow freepers...


30 posted on 03/20/2010 7:49:26 AM PDT by matginzac
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31 posted on 03/20/2010 8:00:27 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: icwhatudo

Thanks for posting that.
She is nuts.


32 posted on 03/20/2010 8:34:08 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

isn’t THAT scary?


33 posted on 03/20/2010 8:37:33 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy

I’m not Sean’s greatest fan- but it was really hard to believe and I was hoping there was no truth to any of her “research”. I’m delighted and relieved.


34 posted on 03/20/2010 8:40:09 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat veteran)
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To: SE Mom

sean is annoying but i don’t believe he’s dishonest or self-enriching, i don’t doubt his sincerity in supporting the troops. the organization has to rise or fall on it’s own numbers, but Hannity is a DONOR to the charity, not an administrator so her attempting to attack Hannity via Freedom Alliance is misguided.


35 posted on 03/20/2010 8:45:34 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=3644


36 posted on 03/20/2010 8:45:45 AM PDT by squirt (POLITICIANS & DIAPERS NEED TO BE CHANGED, FOR THE SAME REASON)
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To: squirt

Sorry wrong one

http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?keyword_list=Freedom+Alliance&Submit2=GO&bay=search.results


37 posted on 03/20/2010 8:47:53 AM PDT by squirt (POLITICIANS & DIAPERS NEED TO BE CHANGED, FOR THE SAME REASON)
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To: Red_Devil 232
Sean Hannity’s Freedom CONcert Scam
38 posted on 03/20/2010 8:48:19 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: FReepaholic
I imagine there are a lot of liberal "sleeper agents" here on FR.

Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence.
-Napoleon Bonaparte

39 posted on 03/20/2010 8:52:18 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Lancey Howard

You are kidding me! Surely that is not Schlussel!


40 posted on 03/20/2010 9:26:09 AM PDT by outinyellowdogcountry
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To: Lancey Howard

Is that actually the same person?

Every picture I see of her she looks like the south end of a north bound donkey.


41 posted on 03/20/2010 9:29:06 AM PDT by chichipow
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To: Pan_Yan

I borrowed that quote. I must remember that.

It is either incompetence or sleeper agents but either way, there was a lot of judging of Sean.


42 posted on 03/20/2010 9:41:14 AM PDT by outinyellowdogcountry
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

I appreciate Schlussel’s brave work to expose the Islamic threat to Americans. I read her work regularly and yes, she can be reckless and start unnecessary fights. It seems that her personal attacks are becoming more frequent. Sean Hannity can simply ignore her. And hopefully she gets more respect for genuine authority.


43 posted on 03/20/2010 10:28:04 AM PDT by Falconspeed ("Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others." Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94))
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To: Pan_Yan; outinyellowdogcountry

There is such a thing, however, as “malicious stupidity”.


44 posted on 03/20/2010 11:04:00 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: outinyellowdogcountry; chichipow
His freeper name was classygreeneyedblonde.
45 posted on 03/20/2010 11:09:07 AM PDT by Lancey Howard (Yes, I said "his".)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Debbie Schlussel is as worthless as Peggy Noonan.

You can quote me on that.



46 posted on 03/20/2010 1:59:38 PM PDT by rdb3 (The mouth is the exhaust pipe of the heart.)
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To: halo66; Wpin

I’m glad Hannity is vindicated, and for those who took my rather benign questions/comments about it PERSONALLY, I would encourage you to afford others their opinions or questions on the matter.

But the vindication of Hannity does not grant you a free pass to smear FReepers who expressed doubt about this charity without any malicious intent.

So anyone who did question Hannity and the charity are “pathetic”. Anyone who has doubts or questions about anything in the future are to remain silent on the matter? Are we not allowed to express our opinions in your mind?

Chill out.


47 posted on 03/20/2010 7:29:29 PM PDT by SZonian (We began as a REPUBLIC, a nation of laws. We became a DEMOCRACY, majority rules. Next step is?)
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To: SZonian; Wpin

Sorry Wpin, I didn’t mean to attribute any of those comments to you. I was only trying to acknowledge my error in previous postings on the subject and included you in the address by mistake.

FRegards,
SZ


48 posted on 03/20/2010 7:31:55 PM PDT by SZonian (We began as a REPUBLIC, a nation of laws. We became a DEMOCRACY, majority rules. Next step is?)
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No...I will not chill out. It’s one thing to question and it’s another to say he has to address this NOW and statements about how the libs are going to run with this story and how it will make us (conservatives) look bad, while the country is headed for the shitter. The comments about how Hannity was keeping silent like the way Bush was and did not fight the constant accusations from the liberal media...etc. There were many uncalled for comments, IMO that went beyond just questioning. I never called out any FReepers by name and I do not remember your comments. But again...I linked to a liberal website from 2006 that had basically the same crap that this Debbie BITCH was spewing and yet many people here chose to question Hannity over her (and her intentions). I am sorry...but I am not smearing anyone here...but if you/they side with someone who has a history of of this crap(Debbie), I will not hesitate to give my opinion.


49 posted on 03/20/2010 7:51:01 PM PDT by halo66
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To: halo66

Oh but you were/are smearing FReepers and you lack the courage to name names.

If you’re going to make accusations you had better be prepared to defend yourself when those FReepers come knocking.

I at least posted my mea culpa, but at the same time questioned your intentions with your emotional outbursts against other FReepers.

Your emotions are getting the better of you.

Like you, I am free to post my opinions on the matter if I so choose. If you disagree, that’s fine, that’s what debate is about. But you don’t get to define what is and is not “uncalled for”.

And your “sorry’s” don’t cut it. You can’t throw the stone intentionally and then claim you didn’t mean it.


50 posted on 03/20/2010 8:16:42 PM PDT by SZonian (We began as a REPUBLIC, a nation of laws. We became a DEMOCRACY, majority rules. Next step is?)
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