Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld announced yesterday that he cancelled his office’s subscription to The New York Times after liberal columnist Paul Krugman called 9/11 “an occasion for shame” on Sunday.
Rumsfeld tweeted to his followers that “After reading Krugman’s repugnant piece on 9/11, I cancelled my subscription to the New York Times this AM.”
Not only did Krugman refer to what has happened after 9/11 as shameful, he also said that Rudy Giuliani and George Bush were fake heroes who raced to “cash in on the horror.”
What happened after 9/11 — and I think even people on the right know this, whether they admit it or not — was deeply shameful. The atrocity should have been a unifying event, but instead it became a wedge issue. Fake heroes like Bernie Kerik, Rudy Giuliani, and, yes, George W. Bush raced to cash in on the horror. And then the attack was used to justify an unrelated war the neocons wanted to fight, for all the wrong reasons.
A lot of other people behaved badly. How many of our professional pundits — people who should have understood very well what was happening — took the easy way out, turning a blind eye to the corruption and lending their support to the hijacking of the atrocity?
What’s shameful is Krugman’s politicization of the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil, which dishonors the memories of those who lost their lives on that fateful day.
It’s also worth noting that Krugman disabled commenting on the article since he knew that what he wrote was highly controversial.
Considering the treatment that Rumsfeld and other Bush era officials have received from the Times over the years, Rumsfeld’s cancellation of his Times’ subscription was long overdue.