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By Noel Sheppard | September 12, 2011 | 10:10 AM EDT

There have been some idiotic things said by liberal media members surrounding the tenth anniversary of 9/11, and "NBC Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams added to the list Monday.

Appearing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Williams said, "People forget the crazy pressure to put a flag on your lapel and without it you couldn’t be a patriot. You certainly couldn’t love your country" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By NB Staff | September 12, 2011 | 10:09 AM EDT

Former presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty has been out of the race for nearly a month, following poor results at the Iowa Straw Poll, but he hasn't been completely silent. He endorsed Mitt Romney for president this morning on Fox News.

In his words, "There's one candidate in this race who's unmatched in his skills and experience and talent when it comes to turning around this economy and growing jobs, and that's Mitt Romney...I believe he's going to be our party's nominee, and I think he's going to be a transformational and great president for this country." 

By Mark Finkelstein | September 12, 2011 | 8:31 AM EDT

A skirmish broke out on Morning Joe today as PBS host Tavis Smiley claimed President George W. Bush "lied" the USA into the war in Iraq. Joe Scarborough and--surprisingly--Jon Meacham forcefully refuted Smiley's slur.

Scarborough unwittingly provoked the incident when, commenting on yesterday's 9-11 observances, he called for a Kumbaya moment in which Americans would put aside politics and thank presidents Bush and Obama for keeping the country safe.  That set Smiley off: "the reality is that one of those guys lied to the American people"--and the fight was on. View video after the jump.

By Tim Graham | September 12, 2011 | 7:55 AM EDT

Paul Krugman wasn’t the only old soul at The New York Times who refused any urge to be patriotic on September 11. Former Times reporter Chris Hedges unleashed a tirade on Truthdig on Saturday. It was titled: “A Decade After 9/11: We Are What We Loathe.”  He began by suggesting coverage of 9/11 was sanitized by the Bush "lap dogs" of the press because the occasion “demanded images and stories of resilience, redemption, heroism, courage, self-sacrifice and generosity, not collective suicide in the face of overwhelming hopelessness and despair.”

Hedges lamented that the U.S. response to the 9/11 attacks wasn't turning everything over to the diplomats to negotiate and apologize profusely for our support of Israel. He charged the 9/11 dead were exploited to "sanctify the state's lust for war," and the "plague of nationalism" took effect immediately, which is "anti-thought" and racist to boot. He really hates the people with big American flags:

By Tim Graham | September 12, 2011 | 6:59 AM EDT

On the front of Sunday's Business section, Washington Post columnist Steven Pearlstein slammed GOP candidates: "If you came up with a bumper sticker that pulls together the platform of this year’s crop of Republican presidential candidates, it would have to be: Repeal the 20th century. Vote GOP."

Pearlstein seemed especially insulted that Gov. Rick Perry would suggest John Maynard Keynes and his "stimulus" economics were through, and no one on the Republican stage came to the liberal icon's defense. Somehow, reporters (and former reporters like Pearlstein) always expect there to be a liberal in the other party's fold. Liberals really hate it when you say their ideas are outdated.

By Noel Sheppard | September 12, 2011 | 1:14 AM EDT

CNN's Fareed Zakaria got more than he bargained for in his Sunday interview with guest Donald Rumsfeld.

As he pushed the former Secretary of Defense on America's need to cut military spending, the "GPS" host blushed when Rumsfeld smartly said, "There are people who think we're living in the post-American world, to coin a phrase. There are people who believe that we should step back and lead from behind" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tom Johnson | September 12, 2011 | 1:01 AM EDT

Politics didn't change on 9/11. It paused, then, little by little, resumed as before: increasingly polarized and venomous, a trend well underway even at the time of the first, failed attack on the World Trade Center in early 1993. These days, the sort of invective on display below (especially from agnostic, Hunter, and joelgp) is, sad to say, common.
As usual, each headline is preceded by the blogger's name or pseudonym.

By Noel Sheppard | September 12, 2011 | 12:55 AM EDT

Within seconds of his introduction on Friday's "Tonight Show," Bill Maher attacked leading Republicans.

In a truly delicious example of instant karma, moments after calling Dan Quayle, George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, Rick Perry, and Michele Bachmann idiots, the pompous, more arrogant than most Maher spoke of how important the "Iowa primary" is (video follows with commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | September 12, 2011 | 12:34 AM EDT

The story broken by NewsBusters last week involving Chuck Todd saying NBC's pollsters were "concerned" about President Obama's poll numbers has brought some scrutiny on the Peacock Network's chief White House correspondent.

After radio's Laura Ingraham questioned Todd about this issue Thursday, Fox News's Bill O'Reilly brought her on his program Friday saying, "We did a little research on Mr. Todd...His wife makes a living working for the Democratic Party. There is a report that Chuck Todd actually worked for Senator Tom Harkin, very liberal Senator from Iowa" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | September 12, 2011 | 12:21 AM EDT

It certainly wasn't a Paul Krugman moment, but is the tenth anniversary of the biggest attack on our mainland a good time to say, "Fifty years from now, we might even look at 9/11 as simply the beginning of the decline of America?"

That's what Fareed Zakaria said Sunday on the CNN program bearing his name (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | September 11, 2011 | 5:18 PM EDT

Many of the news broadcasts from the day our nation was attacked on 9/11 have become a part of the fabric of American culture.

The Internet Archive has put together a fabulous video summary of reports from around the world that day (videos follow with commentary):

By Matthew Sheffield | September 11, 2011 | 4:13 PM EDT

On this solemn commemorative day, we at NewsBusters have made a point of holding our rhetorical fire against liberals as a gesture of respect to those who lost their lives that day and subsequently. There is much we could say and, starting tomorrow, will say.

An exception has to be made for one Paul Krugman, who seems, earlier life, to have been a decent and civilized person. Since he began writing a column for the New York Times, however, Krugman has experienced a veritable descent into madness, principally due to Bush Derangement Syndrome. Today, Krugman decided to proudly expose his neurosis for the entire world to see in an execrable rant on his Times blog. His post is preserved in full below:

By Noel Sheppard | September 11, 2011 | 3:36 PM EDT

CBS's Bob Schieffer finished Sunday's "Face the Nation" with a fitting tribute to the feeling of unity the 9/11 attacks brought to our nation and its capital.

"Ten years later, I sometimes wonder if we could still come together as we did then" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | September 11, 2011 | 12:54 PM EDT

On September 11, 2001, after our nation had been attacked, the leaders of Congress, flanked by their fellow members, spoke to the country in a united front.

Moments after they concluded, emotional legislators spontaneously sang "God Bless America" as they hugged each other (video follows):

By Matthew Sheffield | September 11, 2011 | 12:42 PM EDT

Ten years ago today, an event happened that impacted not just America, but also each one of us who lived through that moment.

As we recall that day as a nation, I wanted to provide a thread here on NB for all reading who so choose to share your experiences of that day. You can also use this post to comment on other public commemorations of the day or tributes to America and/or those who serve it.

In keeping with the solemnity of today, we here at NB will not be critiquing any of our usual targets today. Please keep your comments in the same spirit and refrain from negative remarks about anyone unaffiliated with al Qaeda.