The media has taken a break from hounding Donald Trump for things he’s said, and instead has turned to attacking Rudy Giuliani over things he hasn’t said.
Read about him in any liberal publication and you’ll get the impression that the man who was mayor of New York City during the September 11th attacks forgot that they happened. Liberals are claiming that Giuliani blasted Obama, stating that we never saw a terror attack under the Bush administration.
Here’s one such example of the reporting on Giuliani’s out-of-context comments, funded by your tax dollars over at NPR: For a man once accused of forming every sentence with a noun, a verb and 9/11, it was a serious omission. Rudolph Giuliani appeared to forget the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001, while warming up a crowd for Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech on Monday.
You know, maybe if you’re going to point out that the man mentions 9/11 ad nauseum, you should double check what he actually said before pretending that he forgot about those attacks? They continue: “By the way,” Giuliani said, “under those eight years, before Obama came along, we didn’t have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack in the United States. They all started when Clinton and Obama got into office.”
The oversight was all the more glaring because Giuliani had spoken moments earlier about visiting ground zero with Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, “when we went through the worst foreign attack in our history since the War of 1812.”
Giuliani’s oversight was quickly mocked on social media and in his hometown newspaper, the New York Daily News.
Tomorrow's front page…RUDY'S MOST PATHETIC POLITICIZING OF 9/11 YET: ex-mayor "forgets" https://t.co/GIgYSvkz5U pic.twitter.com/szM2NbrcnZ
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) August 16, 2016
Giuliani isn’t an idiot, but those reporting on his comments are. As Snopes noted: A truncated clip of remarks made by Rudy Giuliani suggested the former New York City mayor didn’t recall 9/11, but he discussed the attack at length immediately prior to those remarks.
Some outlets, such as New York City-based blog Gothamist initially mocked what was framed as a mortifying omission on Giuliani’s part but later walked back the assessment after a video of the former mayor’s complete remarks emerged, noting that “it appears Rudy is specifically referring to the eight years after Bush signed the Patriot Act” (on 26 October 2001).
NBC Nightly News editor Bradd Jaffy shared the most relevant portion of that longer clip, which contained important context as well as documenting that Giuliani indeed talked about 9/11 and was referring to the [nearly] eight years after that event (i.e., the remainder of President George W. Bush’s administration) as the period in which “we didn’t have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack in the United States.”
Here’s longer clip that includes context around Rudy’s “before Obama came along” remark. He was talking post-9/11. https://t.co/pzYxPIY0KE
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) August 15, 2016
Great job fact checking that one, liberal media — it would’ve been as difficult as sitting down and watching a speech.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]