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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.

By Tim Graham | September 11, 2011 | 7:27 AM EDT

On September 11, 2001, I was a White House correspondent for World magazine and was on my way to cover a hearing on Capitol Hill. The second tower of the World Trade Center had been hit on my commute, and then as I approached Alexandria, Virginia on the Capital Beltway, I saw a large column of black smoke rising from Arlington. I was in the middle of a phone call with an editor who said I needed to get to the White House. I told the editor what I strongly suspected had happened and said the White House would have to wait. I made it to the scene about 15 minutes after the plane hit.

Driving north on Highway 1, the white hotels of the Crystal City neighborhood were a stark contrast to the skies filled with black smoke, and I pounded my steering wheel in anger. Here is my story that was published in World:

By Brent Baker | September 11, 2011 | 6:19 AM EDT

“A Tribute to the Media,” a ten-minute video, honoring television coverage of the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. This was shown at the Media Research Center’s “DisHonors Awards” held in Washington, DC on January 17, 2002 when we took a time-out for a few minutes to pay tribute to the patriotic work of journalists during the national crisis.

By Tim Graham | September 10, 2011 | 11:22 PM EDT

CNN's Belief Blog posted  a commentary on Wednesday with the headline "Muslims Should Stop Apologizing for 9-11." The author was Aman Ali, a stand-up comedian and "co-creator of 30 Mosques in 30 Days, a Ramadan road trip across America." They should have called it "30 Networks in 30 Days." This publicity idea has been featured in the last two weeks on BBC, Al-Jazeera, and the PBS NewsHour.

The issue here is that how often in America do regular non-Islamic Americans demand every Muslim needs to apologize? Haven't we been pounded with guilt trips on this matter for ten years now? Ali only says he's sick of people asking about his feelings.

By Brent Baker | September 10, 2011 | 9:27 PM EDT

Back in May, actor/comedian Martin Short celebrated the killing of Osama bin Laden by singing, on the Late Show with David Letterman, “Bastard in the Sand,” a parody set to the tune of Elton John's “Candle in the Wind.”

With the tenth anniversary of 9/11 on Sunday, I thought I'd re-post video of the entertaining song (original May 30 NB post).

By Tim Graham | September 10, 2011 | 8:12 PM EDT

One obvious double standard in network coverage of the War on Terror came in stories on Gen. David Petraeus, who was maligned by left-wing activists as “General Betray Us” under Bush. The media didn’t really object to a full-page ad in The New York Times using that epithet, although they did report President Bush’s objection to it.

On the September 10, 2007 World News, reporter Jonathan Karl related: “War critics inside and outside the hearing room attacked Petraeus, saying he had manipulated statistics – failing, for example, include many killings in his calculation of ethnic violence. The anti-war group went further, accusing the General of cooking the books for the White House.”

By Noel Sheppard | September 10, 2011 | 7:28 PM EDT

As NewsBusters reported moments ago, there was a dedication Saturday in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, for the Flight 93 Memorial.

After former President George W. Bush addressed attendees, former President Bill Clinton immediately followed (video of full speech follows with transcript):

By Noel Sheppard | September 10, 2011 | 6:09 PM EDT

A memorial for the victims of Flight 93 was dedicated in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, Saturday.

Former President George W. Bush addressed attendees on the meaning of 9/11 and its tenth anniversary (video of entire speech follows with transcript):

By Noel Sheppard | September 10, 2011 | 5:05 PM EDT

On Saturday, former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura honored the heroes of September 11th at the dedication of the Flight 93 National Memorial.

Shortly after, the Bush Center released a video in which the former President invited people to help commemorate the 10th anniversary of the attacks by contributing to a historical record for future generations (video follows with commentary):

By Tim Graham | September 10, 2011 | 4:46 PM EDT

"Human rights" lawyers for suspected terrorists used to have a very receptive media to publicize their claims.  Every suspect held at Guantanamo in Cuba or at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan or once-secret CIA sites in Europe was presumed innocent and dreadfully wronged and tortured by the Bush administration. Every prisoner held without a speedy trial was a deep black gash on America's international reputation.

But terror suspects immediately lost their cachet once Barack Obama was elected. Their political usefulness in painting Bush and Cheney as oppressors of the innocent became obsolete. Now, Obama can hold terror suspects on ships for months at a time and the networks yawn.

By Noel Sheppard | September 10, 2011 | 4:34 PM EDT

A day after the New York Times published an editorial praising President Obama for his "ambitious," "robust," and "far-reaching" jobs address the previous evening, the Gray Lady printed a front page story with the shocking headline, "Employers Say Jobs Plan Won’t Lead to Hiring Spur."

The first few paragraphs were just as surprising:

By Noel Sheppard | September 10, 2011 | 3:00 PM EDT

As NewsBusters previously reported, MSNBC's Chris Matthews on Thursday admitted that Social Security is technically a Ponzi scheme.

Less than 24 hours earlier, in numerous post-debate discussions, the "Hardball" host criticized Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry for saying the same thing (video follows with transcript and commentary):