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
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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