Rumsfeld Kills NYT Subscription Over Krugman

Rummy fumes after reading columist's 'repugnant piece'
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2011 6:03 PM CDT
Donald Rumsfeld Cancels New York Times Subscription Over Krugman Blog
Former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – Donald Rumsfeld is mad as hell and he's not going to take it anymore—so he's canceled his subscription to the New York Times. "After reading Krugman’s repugnant piece on 9/11, I cancelled my subscription to the New York Times this AM," the former defense secretary tweeted today. In the offending blog, Krugman wrote yesterday that "what happened after 9/11 ... was deeply shameful." He called the memory of 9/11 "irrevocably poisoned; it has become an occasion for shame. And in its heart, the nation knows it."

Krugman stuck to his guns today, Politico reports. “I’m not saying anything in that post that I wasn’t saying back in 2002, when people like him [Rumsfeld] were riding high." Rumsfeld has clashed with the paper before, notably when its editors praised a decision allowing two Americans who said that they had been tortured in Iraq to sue Rumsfeld. A Times review also panned Rumsfeld's book, Known and Unknown, calling it a “tedious, self-serving volume” that is “filled with efforts to blame others.” (Read more Donald Rumsfeld stories.)

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