Rumsfeld on going New York ‘Times-less’: ‘It’s just no longer a relevant newspaper’

Jeff Poor Media Reporter
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When former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld canceled his subscription to The New York Times, was it just the angry online ruminations of columnist Paul Krugman, or was that just the straw that broke the camel’s back?

On Wednesday’s broadcast of “Fox & Friends,” Rumsfeld explained the Times is not the paper he knew from “the old days,” and has deteriorated. But Krugman, for him, was the last straw.

“I must say, when I read that – it was kind of the last straw for me,” Rumsfeld said. “I remember The New York Times in the old days when, you know, people liked Scotty Reston and Bill Safire used to write for them. And now it’s gotten to the point where they promote things like Krugman and the outrageous repugnant things he says, as well as others and I decided that I could, in fact, go ‘Times-less’.”

Rumsfeld took his complaints a step further and said the paper was now irrelevant.

“I’ve been reading the Sunday New York Times since 1950, when I was in college. And, over the decades it has deteriorated… It’s just no longer a relevant newspaper.”


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