Video: CNN wants answers to explain its bad reporting

posted at 1:36 pm on September 11, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Earlier today, CNN broke news that a Coast Guard ship had opened fire on another boat in the Potomac area, expending ten rounds, as Washington DC spent the day commemorating the 9/11 attacks. Later, it turned out that no shots had been fired at all. CNN reacted to radio traffic of a Coast Guard drill and ran with the story without confirming it. Now, Jeanne Meserve says people will demand answers, presumably from the government — but perhaps viewers would like some answers from CNN instead:

Politico notes the White House’s fully-justified retort:

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs today criticized CNN – not the Coast Guard – over the panic caused by the agency’s training exercise on the 9/11 anniversary, saying that the alarm could have been avoided if the network had checked its facts.

Gibbs said he wouldn’t second-guess Coast Guard leadership for holding a Potomac River exercise on the morning of the 9/11 commemoration. But he took a shot at CNN, which initially didn’t know the maneuvers in the Potomac were part of an exercise and erroneously reported that gunshots were fired – something the homeland security department said didn’t occur.

“Let’s understand that best I can tell there was reporting based on listening to a police scanner that was not verified, and then it was on television and now we’ve raced back to find out that it’s a training exercise. So I think it appears as if a lot of this might have been avoided,” Gibbs said.

Gibbs told reporters that the Coast Guard was holding a news conference to explain the exercise. “Hopefully CNN will go,” Gibbs quipped. “My only caution would be that before we report things like this, checking would be good.”

The CNN reporter in the briefing room tried to push for the White House and the Coast Guard to explain holding exercises on 9/11, but Gibbs wasn’t biting:

The incident also set off a terse exchange between Gibbs and CNN reporter Elaine Quijano over the incident as Gibbs briefed reporters. Quijano asked whether the public should have been informed about a training exercise on the 9/11 anniversary.

“If we set aside the media coverage, would you be asking this question?” Gibbs said.

Mark your calendars for this one, because I agree completely with Robert Gibbs on this. The “panic” over the exercise originated entirely at CNN, due to their rush to go live with a story before properly verifying it. They have a reporter at the White House and people at the Pentagon. Why not ask first whether the Coast Guard had an exercise? Are they that desperate for a scoop?

The military of the US is on constant duty, and the best way to ensure that they operate at their best capacity is constant training. Today, while significant for our nation, is just another day to prepare for our defense to the Coast Guard and the other branches of the service. No one would have “panicked” over this exercise or even known of its existence had CNN not freaked out over a radio communication.

This is the day we’re supposed to honor our fighting men and women for their dedication and service in defending the nation, not quibble about normal exercises.


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It was the Republicans, tea party protesters and rightwing Nazi racist killbot terrorist extremists who hate humanity and want to kill us all by opposing Obama’s plans.

Go with it!

Good Lt on September 11, 2009 at 1:38 PM

But CNN is the most trusted name in news…

myrenovations on September 11, 2009 at 1:39 PM

CNN = contrived news network

homesickamerican on September 11, 2009 at 1:39 PM

Is this about ACORN?

faraway on September 11, 2009 at 1:39 PM

Stupid CNN heard someone over the radio say “Bang, bang, bang” and thought it was gun shots.

CNN’s new motto: We Are Idiots.

Enoxo on September 11, 2009 at 1:40 PM

What is this “CNN” that you speak of…?

Seven Percent Solution on September 11, 2009 at 1:40 PM

All news is a threat to their Messiah

faraway on September 11, 2009 at 1:41 PM

Gibbs said he wouldn’t second-guess Coast Guard leadership for holding a Potomac River exercise on the morning of the 9/11 commemoration. But he took a shot at CNN

I second guess both of them. Well, not really – I haven’t seen CNN outside of an airport terminal since 1990.

Vashta.Nerada on September 11, 2009 at 1:41 PM

Neal Boortz blamed Drudge. He said he had it first.

Cindy Munford on September 11, 2009 at 1:41 PM

I can’t blame CNN much for live reporting this strange 9/11 exercise.

toliver on September 11, 2009 at 1:41 PM

Hmmmm The Obama WH vs CNN…

Whom to hate? Whom to hate?

Can’t we find a way they are both wrong?

(/snark)

Diogenes of Sinope on September 11, 2009 at 1:41 PM

Wow… I think this is the first time I have agreed with Gibby…

swenocha on September 11, 2009 at 1:41 PM

Still…on 9/11?

Especially after Scare Farce 1, this is rather lacking in consideration.

Mr Snuggle Bunny on September 11, 2009 at 1:42 PM

It WAS a bad day to schedule and exercise, but, since no shots were fired, it would have amounted to nothing had not CNN acted on unverified reports.

But, remember; it’s the blogosphere that is unreliable and irresponsible and News needs to be left in the hands of ‘professionals’.

michaelo on September 11, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Now, Jeanne Meserve says people will demand answers, presumably from the government — but perhaps viewers would like some answers from CNN instead:

Both need to provide answers and hold people responsible. Maybe the special prosecutor who is charged with the treasonous act of trying to jail our spies (who defended us, as any normal person would have) can be turned, instead, to investigate the White House and CNN? At least there would be some productive work being done in going after America-haters who are working to weaken this nation, rather than the current charge being pursued at the behest of our treasonous Precedent and his moronic, America-hating AG. (Oh, and Holder should be thrown into the special prosecutor’s investigation, too)

progressoverpeace on September 11, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Expect some ginned-up event today/tomorrow to deflect coverage of a HUGE 9/12 rally in DC.

Fishoutofwater on September 11, 2009 at 1:43 PM

Although FOX News had the story as well simultaneously (dear gawd, I spelled that right without spellcheck!) they were far more careful that CNN it seems.

Had this BEEN FOX News, you can be sure the lefty blogs would be all over that.

I’d love to see what they say about CNN. Too bad it wasn’t MSDNC.

JetBoy on September 11, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Neal Boortz blamed Drudge. He said he had it first.

Cindy Munford on September 11, 2009 at 1:41 PM

Boortz is an idiot sometimes. Drudge only posts links of news reports.

faraway on September 11, 2009 at 1:44 PM

The Coast Guard runs training exercises 24/7/365 – and I feel safer because of it.
CNN is run by idiots…

texan_forever on September 11, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Here…

Let me hold my fist out at you while you beat your face against it.

upinak on September 11, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Screw CNN. Why does anyone give the Communist News Network any credence at all?

hachiban on September 11, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Expect some ginned-up event today/tomorrow to deflect coverage of a HUGE 9/12 rally in DC.

Fishoutofwater on September 11, 2009 at 1:43 PM

Don’t forget the insane, adn abusive, Congressional address yesterday (to promote an un-Constitutional and un-American expansion of the federal government) that was intended to help deflect attention from anything having to do with 9/11 or the 9/12 rally.

progressoverpeace on September 11, 2009 at 1:46 PM

They’re demanding to know why the Coast Guard would be holding a training exercise on the anniversary of a day when 3000 Americans were slaughtered because we weren’t adequately prepared for one?

Are these people angling for a job in the Obama Administration as homeland security czars?

Good Lt on September 11, 2009 at 1:46 PM

Boortz is an idiot sometimes. Drudge only posts links of news reports.

faraway on September 11, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Drudge does post original “flashes” from time to time.

toliver on September 11, 2009 at 1:46 PM

faraway on September 11, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Agreed. He can be entertaining but he is often incorrect and it makes me cringe. And I don’t mean opinion, facts.

Cindy Munford on September 11, 2009 at 1:47 PM

toliver on September 11, 2009 at 1:46 PM

Didn’t Drudge break the blue dress?

Cindy Munford on September 11, 2009 at 1:47 PM

Ha ha, CNN! Just a bit too quick to turn this into an Obama saves National Community Service Day story, eh?.

ROCnPhilly on September 11, 2009 at 1:48 PM

Good thing the Coast Guard wasn’t flying a large aircraft over the Pentagon at low level for a photo op.

PBoilermaker on September 11, 2009 at 1:48 PM

CNN doesn’t employ reporters, they showcase “performance artists”.

Laura in Maryland on September 11, 2009 at 1:48 PM

“I agree completely with Robert Gibbs” – Ed Morrissey.

Grow Fins on September 11, 2009 at 1:49 PM

Get smart, CNN.

You should have picked up on the ACORN story instead. For the male talking heads at CNN, Hannah’s a cute interview.

BuckeyeSam on September 11, 2009 at 1:50 PM

It WAS a bad day to schedule and exercise,

michaelo on September 11, 2009 at 1:42 PM

No it wasn’t.

baldilocks on September 11, 2009 at 1:50 PM

But CNN is the most trusted BUSTED name in news…

myrenovations on September 11, 2009 at 1:39 PM

Fixed.

Del Dolemonte on September 11, 2009 at 1:52 PM

wow. the white house is pissed at a media outlet that is not owned by mr. murdoch. ha ha hah

kelley in virginia on September 11, 2009 at 1:52 PM

“I agree completely with Robert Gibbs” – Ed Morrissey.

“Robert Gibbs completely agrees with the right-of-center Obama critics in the country.” – Good Lt.

Good Lt on September 11, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Gibbs has gotten a lot more comfortable with his role. Remember how awkward he was in the beginning? To put a CNN reporter in their place is progress.

scalleywag on September 11, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Reporters checking for facts. What a concept!

Although, come on, the coast guard could have taken the freakin’ day off. Who didn’t tell them it was 09/11 ???

Idiots all around, IMHO.

bridgetown on September 11, 2009 at 1:53 PM

I guess someone at CNN just happened to be listening to the Coast Guard channel and CNN just happened to have a camera at the scene when all of this took place.

Kind of like those incidents aboard airplanes after 9/11 when Muslims were making a ruckus and the scareforce flyover. Soften us up and tell us it’s all in our heads. It’s also safe again to believe that your passenger jet can be hijacked and you will live through it, as of a couple of days ago.

Buddahpundit on September 11, 2009 at 1:53 PM

I, for once, agree with Gibbs…I just threw up a little in my mouth…

Driefromseattle on September 11, 2009 at 1:54 PM

In fairness, CNN had to do something to keep from covering the ACORN story.

RightWinged on September 11, 2009 at 1:54 PM

It’s still news..

the_nile on September 11, 2009 at 1:55 PM

I, for once, agree with Gibbs…I just threw up a little in my mouth…

He agrees with you.

Good Lt on September 11, 2009 at 1:55 PM

“I agree completely with Robert Gibbs” – Ed Morrissey.

Grow Fins on September 11, 2009 at 1:49 PM

LOL, What is that about? sheesh

bridgetown on September 11, 2009 at 1:55 PM

At first, I just want to just LAUGH MY FREAK’N FACE OFF at CNN. Tell me again why their ratings are lower than the mercury on a thermometer at the South Pole?

However, the Glenn Beck in me rises: Is this really a goof on CNN’s part? Or is this just a play so Obama can wag his finger again and say, “See? You can’t trust the press. Once again, they’re assuming things that we didn’t do. Let me make this clear. ….”

I would say the latter is just paranoid ramblings, but given how tightly-knit CNN and Obama’s administration is…it feels more like good cop / bad cop to me.

CatsGodot on September 11, 2009 at 1:56 PM

The Coast Guard runs training exercises 24/7/365 – and I feel safer because of it.
CNN is run by idiots…

texan_forever on September 11, 2009 at 1:44 PM

No kidding. And we thank them for their service!

scalleywag on September 11, 2009 at 1:56 PM

No it wasn’t.

baldilocks on September 11, 2009 at 1:50 PM

If only the public knew how many Force Protection drills were going on 24/7/365.

For those who are unaware, FP measures usually increase on these kinds of anniversaries and personnel are at a heightened state of alert. It is normal for our military and police to train like this on holidays and anniversaries. It is unusual, however, for a news organization to respond to such drills in full blown panic mode.

PBoilermaker on September 11, 2009 at 1:56 PM

Doesn’t the Coast Guard usually put out announcements prior to holding an excercise in populated area??

MarkTheGreat on September 11, 2009 at 1:56 PM

CNN = contrived news network

homesickamerican on September 11, 2009 at 1:39 PM

LOL

How about CNN= Complete Noodleheaded Nincompoops. :D

capejasmine on September 11, 2009 at 1:56 PM

CatsGodot on September 11, 2009 at 1:56 PM

Good point. It also keeps them from covering real news about ACORN, etc

bridgetown on September 11, 2009 at 1:57 PM

Still…on 9/11?

Especially after Scare Farce 1, this is rather lacking in consideration.

Mr Snuggle Bunny on September 11, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Given that terrorists sometimes use anniversary dates to strike new attacks (see OKC bombing on 2nd anniversary of Waco) 9/11 is the perfect time for a new exercise.

cornfedbubba on September 11, 2009 at 1:57 PM

Although, come on, the coast guard could have taken the freakin’ day off. Who didn’t tell them it was 09/11 ???

Idiots all around, IMHO.

bridgetown on September 11, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Put me at the top of your “idiot” list. I don’t ever want them taking a day off, especially not today.

Knucklehead on September 11, 2009 at 1:57 PM

Van Jones: “The Coast Guard exercise was an inside job”

faraway on September 11, 2009 at 1:58 PM

This reminds me of an incident that happened a couple of months ago when CNN reported that a C-17 had crashed in Texas. It turned out that a plane out of Altus AFB was on a training flight, and just doing some low level flying. But the story caused a panic in the area of SW Oklahoma and Northern Texas, especially to those in the Altus area. CNN never did apologize for that incident.

DWGoodwin on September 11, 2009 at 1:58 PM

I agree with Gibbs too. The first time I turned on the TV today was to the Coast Guard’s press conference. I had to defer exactly what happened from the little banner scrolling underneath it. Concluded this was ginned up by the media. CNN needs to get it together.

Emily M. on September 11, 2009 at 1:58 PM

Doesn’t get much better than this.

petefrt on September 11, 2009 at 1:58 PM

“I agree completely with Robert Gibbs” – Ed Morrissey.

Grow Fins on September 11, 2009 at 1:49 PM

wow, maybe you could make that your screen saver,it can replace the picture of chris matthews with the tingle up his arse… err leg, whatever.

SHARPTOOTH on September 11, 2009 at 1:58 PM

I am shocked…absolutely SHOCKED That I actually agree with Gibbs on this one.

Koa on September 11, 2009 at 1:59 PM

But CNN is the most trusted name in news…

myrenovations on September 11, 2009 at 1:39 PM

CNN…the most trusted name in news…on channel 3.

BigWyo on September 11, 2009 at 1:59 PM

For the first time, I agree with Gibbs.

riverrat10k on September 11, 2009 at 2:00 PM

What’s CNN? Is it some sort of news thing? Are they in the White House?

Cinday Blackburn on September 11, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Fully justified???

OK, what kind of idiot does this in 9/11???? Seriously, this is like the AF1 flyover, gross incompetence.

Spartacus on September 11, 2009 at 2:01 PM

CNN was right to report this story. Sorry, but it was a real story. I hate to defend CNN, but I have to question why the other news outlets did not report it. The embarassment should be on the White House, Homeland Security, and the Coast Guard for letting this “felony stupidity” happen in the first place, not CNN.

Mr. Joe on September 11, 2009 at 2:01 PM

To add some egg to CNN’s face, the CG Admiral said protocol is to announce it is a drill at the beginning and end of the radio traffic. He hadn’t listened to the recording but could almost guarantee they followed protocol and announced it was a drill.

TheBigOldDog on September 11, 2009 at 2:02 PM

c’mon already with the i agree with gibbs, your giveing him too much credit, even a broken clock is correct twice a day.

SHARPTOOTH on September 11, 2009 at 2:02 PM

It is normal for our military and police to train like this on holidays and anniversaries.

PBoilermaker on September 11, 2009 at 1:56 PM

Holidays and anniversaries FOR US. But we all know that arab/persian/muslim terrorist like to commemorate anniversaries like this with renewed attacks. 9/11 is a day for extra vigilance in the likely target areas, not training exercises. If alert is heightened, why would anyone be contributing to possible confusion (as we see is easy to do)?

Training can be done in other areas, but to have any such training going on in DC or New York, today, is just beyond silly. Today is for vigilance, not practice that could easily become confused.

Further, after the Scare Force One buzzing of Manhattan, no one can claim not to have considered the exact same problems that we all just went through, then.

progressoverpeace on September 11, 2009 at 2:03 PM

Fully justified???

OK, what kind of idiot does this in 9/11???? Seriously, this is like the AF1 flyover, gross incompetence.

Spartacus on September 11, 2009 at 2:01 PM

An FP drill on 9/11 is normal.

A re-creation of the events of 9/11 with a 747 for an unannounced photo op is not.

Not even in the same ballpark.

PBoilermaker on September 11, 2009 at 2:03 PM

CNN needs every attention-getter it can make for itself. Sadly for them, they don’t mind looking stupid.

On a sad remembrance, CNN gave us something to laugh at: Them

Liam on September 11, 2009 at 2:04 PM

What is this “CNN” that you speak of…?

Seven Percent Solution on September 11, 2009 at 1:40 PM

Dude, that’s my line.

Blacksmith8 on September 11, 2009 at 2:05 PM

CNN is drooling over the opportunity to paint the 9/12 Tea Party in a negative light. They jumped the gun.

riverrat10k on September 11, 2009 at 2:05 PM

This is the day we’re supposed to honor our fighting men and women for their dedication and service in defending the nation, not quibble about normal exercises.

There’s blame on both sides. Yes, CNN jumped the gun (no pun intended) but choosing to hold a training exercise by Memorial Bridge- not far from the Pentagon- while a 9/11 commeration was going on doesn’t make sense either.

highhopes on September 11, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Did Gibbs just throw CNN under the bus?

PappaMac on September 11, 2009 at 2:05 PM

I work on rule books for DHS and I know how these exercises work. Before any communication, they are supposed to say “This is a drill.” According to the Coast Guard guy, they stuck to that rule. CNN shouldn’t be listening in on the training channel without knowing and understanding how the communication works.

Also, didn’t he say they train 4 times a week? This is a holiday week, so there are only 4 days this week. That would require them to do this training today.

Assuming the Coast Guard stuck to the rules, CNN screwed this up. If not, then the Coast Guard needs to go back and make sure everyone knows the rules.

CookeyD on September 11, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Van Jones: “The Coast Guard exercise was an inside job”

faraway on September 11, 2009 at 1:58 PM

Heh, I’m cleaning the screen now. Thanks.

Blacksmith8 on September 11, 2009 at 2:06 PM

PS

You don’t allocate forces to drills, vacations, spa resorts or training during days like 9/11. You have them suited up, positioned, watchful and not distracted.

Only an idiot would risk the comfusion of this, coupled with a real event. Imagine a real event today, and some folks would be scared to escape the scene because they thought some key bridges were under attack also. This excersize would have the capacity to be a casualty multiplier. Also, first responders who knew about the drill may mistakenly ignore reports of real things, and they could also get innundated with rumors that would cause them to think that maybe something really did happen at the training site.

Spartacus on September 11, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Training can be done in other areas, but to have any such training going on in DC or New York, today, is just beyond silly. Today is for vigilance, not practice that could easily become confused.

Silly? CNN was easily confused. Our security forces were not. What don’t you understand about that?

PBoilermaker on September 11, 2009 at 2:07 PM

CNN wants answers to explain its bad reporting?
Here’s one:CNN is a sewer!

willy v on September 11, 2009 at 2:07 PM

Hate to say it but I disagree and have to side with CNN. They can be condemned for saying that shots were fired by listening to a scanner, and not having witnesses reporting it. They cannot, however, be condemned for the crap timing of this ‘exercise’. It not only shows irreverance for the day, but an insensitivity of the location for it.

And unless Fox is caught up in the frenzy of this reporting, they reported that there were some ‘agents’ down there ascertaining what was going on. Implying that it’s possible that other agencies weren’t aware of it?

That puts a whole different spin on things. If you’re going to do this, don’t you inform other agencies so that they don’t come down there trying to find out, just like the media, if something nefarious is going on?

Sorry, this isn’t as cut and dried as ‘it’s just an exercise, nothing to see here, move on’.

IMHO they could have an exercise any day of the week that isn’t on the anniversary of 9/11, and isn’t in close proximetry of the President during a memorial service, and that not only informs news agencies that there is nothing to report, but also informs other agencies who might be concerned that there is nothing to ‘investigate’.

Looks like piss poor planning.

GeeWhiz on September 11, 2009 at 2:07 PM

Sigh, I suppose every network is bound to get something wrong every now & then. All things being equal I’d let ‘em slide on this one… tho’ unfortunately in CNN’s case things may not be ‘equal’.

And this pitch to Gibbsie was such a dripping meatball that even he couldn’t manage to f–k it up. Good for him.

CNN doesn’t employ reporters, they showcase “performance artists”.

Laura in Maryland on September 11, 2009 at 1:48 PM

:D HA! (“Wait a minute sir, lemme check the book one more time… there’s got to be a ‘code’ for that job in here somewhere.”)

RD on September 11, 2009 at 2:08 PM

“I agree completely with Robert Gibbs” – Ed Morrissey.

Grow Fins on September 11, 2009 at 1:49 PM

The correct quote is “I agree completely with Robert Gibbs on this.” You left out the last two words which changes the context of his statement.

CBP on September 11, 2009 at 2:08 PM

They are going to argue with the ONE?

Don’t they know the penatly for doing such a thing?

Elizabetty on September 11, 2009 at 2:09 PM

CNN is so quick to criticize the military that they really acted irresponsibly and it backfired ala mapes rather.

rjoco1 on September 11, 2009 at 2:09 PM

Does anybody know what the Bamster did? Was his schedule interrupted?(he said hopefully) Did his security detail do the snatch and run? Inquiring minds want to know.

Blacksmith8 on September 11, 2009 at 2:10 PM

Van Jones: “The Coast Guard exercise was an inside job”

faraway on September 11, 2009 at 1:58 PM

Awesome.

myrenovations on September 11, 2009 at 2:11 PM

The correct quote is “I agree completely with Robert Gibbs on this.” You left out the last two words which changes the context of his statement.

Similar to his President, who says things like “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor” without including “until we start telling you which doctors you can go to and how much they’re to be compensated.”

Good Lt on September 11, 2009 at 2:11 PM

They don’t call it Chicken Noodle News for nothing!

rockmom on September 11, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Gibbs said he wouldn’t second-guess Coast Guard leadership for holding a Potomac River exercise on the morning of the 9/11 commemoration.

Now – the CIA, those people he’ll second-guess about why they do what they do to protect us.

But he trusts the Coast Guard completely.

Daggett on September 11, 2009 at 2:11 PM

What’s CNN? Is it some sort of news thing? Are they in the White House?

Cinday Blackburn on September 11, 2009 at 2:00 PM

It’s a running spoof on 1984-style media.
At least that’s what I hope it is.

justltl on September 11, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Glad I don’t live in DC anymore.

Reagan National has TVs blaring CNN everywhere which is irritating enough.

Then, because of CNN’s unethical and irresponsible “reporting”, flights are delayed and cancelled.

Going to CNN for hard news is like going to McDonald’s for fine dining.

NoDonkey on September 11, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Van Jones: “The Coast Guard exercise was an inside job”

faraway on September 11, 2009 at 1:58 PM

Van who?

/CNN off

Good Lt on September 11, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Silly? CNN was easily confused. Our security forces were not. What don’t you understand about that?

PBoilermaker on September 11, 2009 at 2:07 PM

Nothing serious happened. If it had, many, many people would have been confused.

Do you think the Coast Guard was running this sort of training around DC on Inauguration Day? If not, why not?

progressoverpeace on September 11, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Man I hate having to agree with Robert Gibbs.

soap-box rant
This is why we need professional journalists, to stop the rumor-mongering and scare tactics of bloggers like CNN.

Er, what, CNN is professional journalism?
nevermind

/soapbox rant and slink away

Still, today just might be a day to not hold training exercises.

rbj on September 11, 2009 at 2:13 PM

Did the FBI “panic”?

corona on September 11, 2009 at 2:13 PM

Gibbs said he wouldn’t second-guess Coast Guard leadership for holding a Potomac River exercise on the morning of the 9/11 commemoration.

Of course not, it’s all Bush’s fault anyway, isn’t it?

What day is the official “blame Bush for everything, day”?

Oh wait, it’s that day every day on the Obama calendar, on which every day is a red letter day.

NoDonkey on September 11, 2009 at 2:14 PM

Joke news organization.

WisCon on September 11, 2009 at 2:14 PM

Good for Gibbs. That wasn’t tough. Report a couple facts without spin. It can be done that way. When is the next time Gibbs will report a few facts without spin and ducking truth?

seven on September 11, 2009 at 2:14 PM

Gibbs corect?

Ow.

OW!

Eeeeeeeeeeyyyaaaaaaaaa!!!!1111!!!!

MONKEYS FLYING OUT OF MY BUTT!

noblejones on September 11, 2009 at 2:15 PM

We had a disaster drill at work today – are y’all going to condem it, too? Someone should call CNN on us!!

Thank you Coast Guard (the fifth, and forgotten armed service) for being “Simper Paratus”.

texan_forever on September 11, 2009 at 2:15 PM

They don’t call it Chicken Noodle News for nothing!

rockmom on September 11, 2009 at 2:11 PM

God, that was hysterical!

Liam on September 11, 2009 at 2:15 PM

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