They are the minor-league pundits -- political consultants, professors, activists, actors, journalists, bloggers and opinionated civilians -- and they're using 21st-century stunts to troll for airtime. Some try to break out of the blogs by repeating particular phrases in their written rants, designed to pop their sites up when TV bookers search for keywords online. Others are buying air time on AM and Internet radio stations to practice their punditry....
So far this year, Ms. Schlussel has appeared on more than 600 radio shows and 35 TV programs, she says. But while Ms. Coulter, America's most-famous blonde pundit, earns millions, the also-blonde Ms. Schlussel has earned well under $10,000 this year from her punditry, she says. Still, Ms. Schlussel feels momentum: Her online fan clubs have grown to 5,496 members.
I know I've talked to a few bookers in my time, but this takes the cake...One visitor on her site calls her:
Ms. Schussel, you are a empty-souled, vampiric monster.
UPDATE: (Nicole Belle) Apparently, Debbie Schussel is eager to prove vampiric rumors correct. This latest post is lowest of the low and there's got to be a special place in Hell reserved for her for this one. Apparently, some random private citizen in Indonesia has pictures of friends and relatives on a Flikr site. One person is identified as a South Korean student with glasses whose name is similar to VTech shooter Cho Seung-Hui. Obviously, it's the same person, right? And then when the Flikr account holder removed the photo. Well, that has to mean guilt, right? Debbie Schussel, you ARE an empty-souled vampiric monster.