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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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

You NEVER do an Excercise if you are at a heightened security condition… because if somthing goes down, then your people don’t know if its the Excercise or not.

You may deploy… but the whole “shots fired” thing, if true, takes it to the sillyness level.

I will also note that this current administration is trying to make this just another day. Obama is off doing Political speeches on Health Care, instead of commenmorating 9/11.

If’n I was President? I would use this day to “stand down” everything except on call units, as a day of reflection…. Lest we Forget…

But Obama WANTS us to forget…

Romeo13 on September 11, 2009 at 2:16 PM

Perhaps a hearing person transcribed the radio conversation to a deaf person and they saw the bang bang bang and interpreted it as gun shots…

Yeah.

James on September 11, 2009 at 2:16 PM

CNN = Constant Noisy Nonsense

Elizabetty on September 11, 2009 at 2:16 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

I have no doubt that the MSM will do anything to not cover the 9/12 tea party.

Look! A …
terrorist attack
mad man
crazy right winger
training exercise!

Guardian on September 11, 2009 at 2:16 PM

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

rockmom on September 11, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Chicken Noodle News…I’m still laughing for that! Good shot, Babygirl!

Liam on September 11, 2009 at 2:17 PM

Lefty garbage. They are a complete disgrace to journalism.

marklmail on September 11, 2009 at 2:18 PM

“My only caution would be that before we report things like this, checking would be good.”
–White House Press Secretary Gibbs

Yeah, uh, hey buddy, why don’t you clowns remember this “caution” when you claim the economy is turning around and millions of jobs lost actually are evidence that a million or more were saved?

There, Ed, egg back on Gibbs’ face, go rub it in for us!

Maquis on September 11, 2009 at 2:19 PM

But Obama WANTS us to forget…

Romeo13 on September 11, 2009 at 2:16 PM

I with him there, I would like to forget Obama exists and yes, Obama was an inside job.

NoDonkey on September 11, 2009 at 2:19 PM

Are they that desperate for a scoop?

They’re that desperate for viewers.

The good news about this story is that very few Americans were alarmed by the reports of shots fired, because almost nobody watches CNN.

AZCoyote on September 11, 2009 at 2:19 PM

As much as I’d like to, I just can’t blame the government or the Coast Guard on this one.

The Coast Guard should run training drills every day.

And they shouldn’t be required to alert the news media as to what they’re doing every day.

The news media should be responsible enough to check its facts before trying to scare its viewers.

CNN is entirely at fault.

If you force me to assign some blame to the gov’t, I’ll give 99% of the blame to CNN and 1% to the Coast Guard.

For once, I’m with Gibbs.

Chris of Rights on September 11, 2009 at 2:20 PM

cnn BAD REPORTING??????…………OK….What day ya talkin ??????

1luckydogg on September 11, 2009 at 2:21 PM

What’s next, an anti-terrorism drill scheduled to be held just outside the Super Bowl? “But it was only fake blood .. to train”

progressoverpeace on September 11, 2009 at 2:21 PM

Nine-eleven would be the perfect day for an exercise to my mind. Because 9/11 is when 9/11 happened. And unlike your average there-will-be-a-firedrill-at-9:45 workplace, the military may not want to tip off its exercisers as to when and where they will exercise, or the likes of CNN as to what, exactly, was exercised. For all we know media misdirection may be part of the plan. In that case it appears to have been an effective exercise.

Better to remember 9/11 with security exercises than with lamebrained calls for community service.

curved space on September 11, 2009 at 2:22 PM

Why on earth schedule such a training exercise on 9-11???
This reminds me of the famous Statue of Liberty fly-by only worse.
C’mon people!! CNN is NOT to blame here. Reflexive criticism without thought is just as bad on the right as on the left.

Randy

williars on September 11, 2009 at 2:22 PM

I was watching a tape of “So you think you can dance” What’s this CNN thing?

rjoco1 on September 11, 2009 at 2:22 PM

What’s next, an anti-terrorism drill scheduled to be held just outside the Super Bowl? “But it was only fake blood .. to train”

progressoverpeace on September 11, 2009 at 2:21 PM

You were silly before. Now you have turned the knob to “11″.

PBoilermaker on September 11, 2009 at 2:23 PM

while I normally try and stay away from saying this as it is very unamerican, in this instance I feel it is appropriate – if you have not served in the military your comments mean nothing here!!!! there are not always “weekends”, its not a “9-5″, there is no freedom within it!!!!! exercises happen all the time, that is the idea, and they happen everyday

for anyone to think that there was something wrong with a training exercise, well you just don’t get it

seaniep on September 11, 2009 at 2:25 PM

You were silly before. Now you have turned the knob to “11″.

PBoilermaker on September 11, 2009 at 2:23 PM

Are you saying that it would be stupid to run an anti-terrorism training exercise just outside of the Super Bowl?

But running a Coast Guard training exercise on the Potomac on 9/11 is smart?

I’m not sure where you stand on this. And you never answered my question about training that went on in DC during the inauguration.

progressoverpeace on September 11, 2009 at 2:26 PM

CNN ….. “You can be sure there’s going to be a lot of high-level demands for answers.”

Yah, just like you were sure there was gunfire.

Too funny.

fogw on September 11, 2009 at 2:27 PM

I can’t watch the vid, but my understanding is that CNN claimed to have heard shots over the radio, right? But the Coast Guard said they only said bang bang, or something. Why would you claim to have heard shots fired if all you heard was someone saying bang?

changer1701 on September 11, 2009 at 2:27 PM

and to compare with AF1 new york flyover? apples and oranges

how many people do you think ran out of their work place today in DC unless they saw a fake panic on CNN?

seaniep on September 11, 2009 at 2:27 PM

CNN investigative reporters to file expose` on scandal at the White House.

Sources say it appears Bush is no longer President, and has not been in office for some months. No has been able to adequately explain why the MSM has not picked up on this. Insiders’ predict Karl Rove involvement.

BobMbx on September 11, 2009 at 2:28 PM

I don’t even know where to begin. Some men have ba11s, some men run and hide.

CEA_Agent on September 11, 2009 at 2:29 PM

While I have never been a fan of the Communist News Network I have to say that they are only partially to blame. More than likely they heard fake radio traffic that we commonly in the mlilitary called “Drops”! These are simulated scenario’s that are used in training to create a response from the trainers. Yes they should have tried to verify the story…I will agree with that.

But I want to know who is the dumbass that planned an exercise on 9/11 this close to the pentagon. Some stupid officer will be releaved of command today or Monday! Bet your bottom dollar on that one!

sargentj on September 11, 2009 at 2:30 PM

This is the reason why the COMM guys at my AFB would’nt let us use “NUKE” in our call signs over the radio!

Spinstra on September 11, 2009 at 2:33 PM

On this occasion, Gibbs is the lesser moron.

bloviator on September 11, 2009 at 2:34 PM

Hey, don’t blame CNN. They needed to get the news out quickly and didn’t have time to contact Obama’s people to find out what he wanted CNN to tell America.

Jeff from WI on September 11, 2009 at 2:35 PM

Can anyone on this thread answer my question as to whether this sort of training occured around DC on Inauguration Day? Does anyone think it did, or that it should have been going on?

progressoverpeace on September 11, 2009 at 2:36 PM

Hey, it’s a slow news day. It isn’t like there’s ANOTHER ACORN office to investigate

Jeff from WI on September 11, 2009 at 2:36 PM

Hey cnn,GET A LIFE!!!!!!

ohiobabe on September 11, 2009 at 2:36 PM

The media is still scratching it’s head wondering why it’s credibility has been in the tank.

JeffinSac on September 11, 2009 at 2:36 PM

CNN wants answers to explain its bad reporting

Them and the rest of the thinking world!

Branch Rickey on September 11, 2009 at 2:37 PM

Nine-eleven would be the perfect day for an exercise to my mind. Because 9/11 is when 9/11 happened. And unlike your average there-will-be-a-firedrill-at-9:45 workplace, the military may not want to tip off its exercisers as to when and where they will exercise, or the likes of CNN as to what, exactly, was exercised. For all we know media misdirection may be part of the plan. In that case it appears to have been an effective exercise.

Better to remember 9/11 with security exercises than with lamebrained calls for community service.

curved space on September 11, 2009 at 2:22 PM

Forget who said it, but the phrase goes “If your training was hard, the mission is easy; if training was easy the mission is hard.”

Blacksmith on September 11, 2009 at 2:37 PM

Coast Guard training on 9/11 next to the Pentagon planned by the same guy that flew AF 1 over NY city at low altitude as a photo op.

Jeff from WI on September 11, 2009 at 2:37 PM

On this occasion, Gibbs is the lesser moron.

bloviator on September 11, 2009 at 2:34 PM

Between Gibbels and CNN we have just another example of the left losing both sides of an argument, simultaneously, once again.

progressoverpeace on September 11, 2009 at 2:38 PM

seaniep on September 11, 2009 at 2:25 PM

Well, I happen to agree with you. If someone thinks there is something wrong with a training exercise, they don’t get it. Of course, since I never served in the military, my thoughts on this don’t matter to you. I agree with your first point too, what you said was unamerican.

In a totally unsarcastic remark, thank you for your service to our nation.

Torch on September 11, 2009 at 2:39 PM

Why didn’t Gibbs just say, “CNN acted stupidly”?

the_souse on September 11, 2009 at 2:39 PM

Could CNN be held responsible if someone’s flight or travel was cancelled or delayed due to their errant reporting?

ConservativePartyNow on September 11, 2009 at 2:40 PM

I don’t understand how CNN could have done this.

All they would have had to do is turn around in their chair and ask the Obama news director if it was real or not.

PappaMac on September 11, 2009 at 2:40 PM

You know you’ve won when your opponents begin to devour each other.

Because it’s CNN, it’s like eating dessert first.

BobMbx on September 11, 2009 at 2:41 PM

Eh, when Dilbert’s right, he’s right.

CNN is a crappy news source run by greenhorns and chumps addicted to the DC-NY info-trough.

spmat on September 11, 2009 at 2:41 PM

Are you saying that it would be stupid to run an anti-terrorism training exercise just outside of the Super Bowl?

No, I’m saying your hyperbolic reaction to an FP drill and your bizarre analogies are stupid.

But running a Coast Guard training exercise on the Potomac on 9/11 is smart?

Yes.

I’m not sure where you stand on this. And you never answered my question about training that went on in DC during the inauguration.

Where I stand? I stand on the side of force protection readiness. I stand on the side of visible deterrents as well as covert increases in security postures along with the training needed to make that happen.

Your speculative question about the DC inauguration being analogous to today’s running an FP drill on the Potomac on 9/11 is idiotic and shows your complete lack of understanding regarding force protection training, methodology and tactics.

Just be thankful that there are military and law enforcement officials out there doing what they need to do to protect the population, whether you are aware of it or not.

PBoilermaker on September 11, 2009 at 2:42 PM

BREAKING NEWS: CNN personnel unable to distinguish between onomatopoeia and actual weapons fire.

Chickyraptor on September 11, 2009 at 2:43 PM

Re: Gibbs, even a stopped watch is right twice a day.

Priscilla on September 11, 2009 at 2:44 PM

Your speculative question about the DC inauguration being analogous to today’s running an FP drill on the Potomac on 9/11 is idiotic

PBoilermaker on September 11, 2009 at 2:42 PM

Why is that? Do you think that there is les of a threat of a real attack on 9/11 than there is on Inauguration Day?

I don’t see the difference between the two days, in terms of the threat level. Do you?

progressoverpeace on September 11, 2009 at 2:44 PM

USAToday:

Update at 12:39 p.m. ET: CNN’s Jeanne Meserve, who covered the breaking story, says CNN contacted the Guard Guard [sic] before airing their first report to ask what was happening, based on the radio intercepts and activity in the river. She said, “They couldn’t tell us. They didn’t know what was happening.”

Did Gibbs check whether CNN checked before he commented that they need to check before reporting?

Christien on September 11, 2009 at 2:45 PM

CNN can’t be blamed for their curiosity, but they should be seen as yellow journalists in the wake of the truth. Have we asked why they were rooting around in the Potomac for a story? As someone else said, the Coast Guard runs drills 24/7. Yes, even on 9/11. So CNN looks more like panic-mongers for the sake of news than for anything considered truly newsworthy.

“Look, look, more terror! Tune in! Tune in!”

They want us constantly afraid, continually panicked and depressed. It’s what drives the news.

somewhatconcerned on September 11, 2009 at 2:46 PM

Gibbs quipped. “My only caution would be that before we report things like this, checking would be good.”

You mean, like, checking what really happened before you accuse police of acting stupidly?

Daggett on September 11, 2009 at 2:46 PM

for anyone to think that there was something wrong with a training exercise, well you just don’t get it

seaniep on September 11, 2009 at 2:25 PM

Sorry, but as someone who RAN these types of excercises for YEARS…

You do NOT run excercises when there is a heightened chance of somthing happening.

Its to easy for people to become either confused as to whether its an excercise, or not… but also if somthing REAL goes down, your people are not ready to respond, and they could be out of position.

Jihadists have a history of “celebrating” past atrocities, with further atrocities… this is well known… so IMO doing this on the anniversery of 9/11 was not a very smart move… from a TACTICAL viewpoint.

Romeo13 on September 11, 2009 at 2:48 PM

Who would have figured the Coast Guard? It’s usually “2 white guys in a white work van” from this crowd.

Dukehoopsfan on September 11, 2009 at 2:49 PM

“CNN, the most busted name in news”
didn’t read pg. 1 of the comments so it could be a repeat

thomasaur on September 11, 2009 at 2:53 PM

Those teeth look ridiculously white on Meserve.

drjohn on September 11, 2009 at 2:53 PM

Why is that? Do you think that there is les of a threat of a real attack on 9/11 than there is on Inauguration Day?

I don’t see the difference between the two days, in terms of the threat level. Do you?

progressoverpeace on September 11, 2009 at 2:44 PM

An apple and orange comparison. All inaugurations are high threat dates, even the last one.

It has already been repeated several times that Islamists like commemorating their big victories on the same dates of occurrence. And it is my opinion that this administration has been inciting attacks from our enemies, especially Islamists. Thus would today be a good day to die–for a jihadist–moreso than most other days.

baldilocks on September 11, 2009 at 2:55 PM

CNN is having a bad day

http://biggovernment.com/

jp on September 11, 2009 at 2:55 PM

Does anyone else see a pattern here? MSM doesn’t,t report stuff that should be on the front burner but catches the NYC flyover photo op. coastguard boats fireing on boats. I think these are just ways of knocking the real news off the scope..to cover the ass of Nobama and ALL his cronies.

ATEXAN on September 11, 2009 at 2:57 PM

Romeo13 on September 11, 2009 at 2:48 PM

If what you say is true, this makes me wonder whether the exercise isn’t a cover story.

baldilocks on September 11, 2009 at 2:57 PM

P.S and just why did the coastguard need to do a training mission today of all days and who told them to??

ATEXAN on September 11, 2009 at 2:59 PM

baldilocks on September 11, 2009 at 2:55 PM

You lost me, baldilocks. You seem to be agreeing with me that both Inauguration Day and 9/11 are high threat level days. So why do you then call the comparison apples and oranges? Both are days for vigilance and reality in the likely target areas, not training.

progressoverpeace on September 11, 2009 at 3:00 PM

They ignore perfectly newsworthy stories. Why shouldn’t we expect they make up some?

shick on September 11, 2009 at 3:00 PM

If what you say is true, this makes me wonder whether the exercise isn’t a cover story.

baldilocks on September 11, 2009 at 2:57 PM

Nah, probably just some Gung Ho Junior Officer…

Bet his CO is cussing him out even as we speak…

Romeo13 on September 11, 2009 at 3:02 PM

CNN… only watchable when things are happening too fast to inject the communism… Even they thought the government couldn’t be stupid enough to be running an exercise today…

phreshone on September 11, 2009 at 3:02 PM

do u really think a junior officer would have the pull to conduct a training mission on a day like today?

ATEXAN on September 11, 2009 at 3:03 PM

Nah, probably just some Gung Ho Junior Officer…

Bet his CO is cussing formaly counseling him with regards to his judgement him out even as we speak…

Romeo13 on September 11, 2009 at 3:02 PM

Forgot, this is the Coast Guard….

/runs out of thread…. ducking…

Romeo13 on September 11, 2009 at 3:05 PM

You do NOT run excercises when there is a heightened chance of somthing happening.

Romeo13 on September 11, 2009 at 2:48 PM

Was their a heighten chance of something happening or just a heightened fear?

Ronnie on September 11, 2009 at 3:05 PM

Does this mean the entire Pacific Fleet should stand down on Dec. 7th? I mean we wouldn’t want to start a panic and have people think the Japanese were coming back, would we?

SPCOlympics on September 11, 2009 at 3:07 PM

The WH went after a news organziation that wasn’t FOX?!?!?!
You can’t make this stuff up.

cjs1943 on September 11, 2009 at 3:08 PM

Gibbs should have asked CNN flat out, next time, give us a call before you bloviate, will you?

They are supposed to be reporting facts, not supposition or unconfirmed data unless they label it unconfirmed.

Confirmed, however, is why so many hold them in contempt. If a story so easily checked out as this one leaks through there quality control routines, what of complex things that look one way and are something else entirely?

Like illegal alien access to government healthcare, say?

Harry Schell on September 11, 2009 at 3:08 PM

Was their a heighten chance of something happening or just a heightened fear?

Ronnie on September 11, 2009 at 3:05 PM

Theres been a lot of “chatter” concerning Germany the last few weeks… not so much about America…

But face it… its all a judgement call… when do “Fears” or instinct suddenly become REAL?

Right after it drops in the pot…

Romeo13 on September 11, 2009 at 3:08 PM

OT: I’m astounded by how long the joke has been around, and been accepted as a part of every-day speech.

“You’re comparing apples and oranges”. As if you can’t.

Hmmm

1. Oranges grow on trees. Apples grow on trees.
2. Both are fruit.
3. Both are spherical.
4. Both have seeds inside.
5. Both are used for breakfast juice.
6. Both taste good.

So, you can compare apples to oranges.

BobMbx on September 11, 2009 at 3:08 PM

CNN . . . ran with the story without confirming it.

Why is this new or news? I expect this as normal operations at the communist new network.

Mangy Scot on September 11, 2009 at 3:08 PM

Gibbs. Broken clock etc.

kahall on September 11, 2009 at 3:10 PM

Does this mean the entire Pacific Fleet should stand down on Dec. 7th? I mean we wouldn’t want to start a panic and have people think the Japanese were coming back, would we?

SPCOlympics on September 11, 2009 at 3:07 PM

According to my Father, a WWII Vet, they used to…

And if in your snark you wish to compare the current Japenese Government and military, with the Jihadists which are still killing us?

Wow… delusional.

Romeo13 on September 11, 2009 at 3:10 PM

Well I want some answers, darn it. Today is 9/11 it’s Public Service Day. I want to know why the Coast Guard was wasting time doing training exercises to defend our country, when they could have been out picking up empty beer cans along the shoreline.

PackerBronco on September 11, 2009 at 3:13 PM

Sighted ship, sank same.

unclesmrgol on September 11, 2009 at 3:13 PM

You do NOT run excercises when there is a heightened chance of somthing happening.

Romeo13 on September 11, 2009 at 2:48 PM

I can tell you’ve never been associated with Strategic Deterrence. It’s the best time to run a test/drill.

Why? Because the folks involved will react as if the real thing was happening. And this is what, as a commander, you need to know. As a matter qualification you know that they know what to do. What you don’t know is how they will perform under stress or actual incidents.

If they know it’s a drill, they respond like its a drill. Slow and automatic, making sure they don’t make the same mistake they were gigged for during the last drill. And that’s all.

BobMbx on September 11, 2009 at 3:14 PM

This reminds me of their coverage of the West Virginia coal miners.
A woman on the street told Anderson Cooper they’d been rescued alive, it turned out not to be true, and all of CNN demanded answers on how this disinformation could have happened. Soledad O’Brien’s reaction the next morning was the most misdirected outrage I had ever seen.

MayBee on September 11, 2009 at 3:15 PM

You lost me, baldilocks. You seem to be agreeing with me that both Inauguration Day and 9/11 are high threat level days. So why do you then call the comparison apples and oranges? Both are days for vigilance and reality in the likely target areas, not training.

progressoverpeace on September 11, 2009 at 3:00 PM

Yes there should be a special threat day for both. What makes it an apples-oranges comparison: the reasons.

baldilocks on September 11, 2009 at 3:15 PM

Hey I have an answer to why CNN can be accused of bad reporting. Simply put, “If you don’t use, you lose it.”

pjean on September 11, 2009 at 3:16 PM

Nah, probably just some Gung Ho Junior Officer…

Bet his CO is cussing him out even as we speak…

Romeo13 on September 11, 2009 at 3:02 PM

Is the decision to conduct such exercises made on the low level of junior officer in the CG?

baldilocks on September 11, 2009 at 3:17 PM

It was the perfect way to step on the 9/11 remembrance.

I am surprised the White House didn’t take Air Force One for another joy ride. I note they won’t release the passenger list, of contributors.

tarpon on September 11, 2009 at 3:20 PM

Here’s an answer:

You’re a frikkin’ moron.

N. O'Brain on September 11, 2009 at 3:23 PM

There is hardly a better day then today, to put our men and women on exercises like this to show how important it is to be ready.
You can bet that during these “exercises” each and every member was thinking, in the shadow of the twin towers, how important their job is.
It reinforces and commemorates how important it is to be always ready, always training.
You can bet, after today’s training, those Coasties went home with more then just “working another day”.

right2bright on September 11, 2009 at 3:23 PM

Notice how this is the only time when a CNN dooph will stand up to the White House – only when CNN’s credibility (LOLZ) is at stake. Any other White House story would be accepted without a dissenting word from CNN.

Pathetic

Ogabe on September 11, 2009 at 3:23 PM

Gibbs was correct?

Even a broken clock is correct twice a day.

Fishoutofwater on September 11, 2009 at 3:23 PM

Imagine if it was Fox News that had pulled this snafu!

By now, George Soros’ MediaMatters would be demanding that the FCC pull Fox News off the air, while DailyKOS, HuffPO, Olbermann, Matthews and every moonbat loon liberal group running around the landscape would be urging every major company out there to stop sponsoring the network.

Funny that this oopsie was pulled by CNN and all they are getting is what amounts to a slap on the hand from Bobby Gibblets.

pilamaye on September 11, 2009 at 3:26 PM

CNN should be charged for the cost of all flight delays that resulted.

Ronnie on September 11, 2009 at 3:27 PM

Does this mean the entire Pacific Fleet should stand down on Dec. 7th? I mean we wouldn’t want to start a panic and have people think the Japanese were coming back, would we?

SPCOlympics on September 11, 2009 at 3:07 PM

I get it, but be careful using analogies, people on this site often confuse analogies. They often think that an analogy has to be an exact duplicate or clone of each other, they don’t understand that it is a comparison of different events, but with a common theme or thread.
We want the world to see we stand ready, everyday, every hour, every minute…the only thing between us and the enemy is the media like CNN.

right2bright on September 11, 2009 at 3:27 PM

If the U.S. military and emergency response folks (e.g., police officers and firemen) had not been working on 9/11/01, just imagine how much worse it could have been!

CNN to terrorists: We’ll get the Coast Guard to stop working on 9/11 from now on (hint, hint).

cackcon on September 11, 2009 at 3:32 PM

So many hours to fill without covering ACORN, Tea Parties and the truth; Give them a break!

barnone on September 11, 2009 at 3:33 PM

Mark your calendars for this one, because I agree completely with Robert Gibbs on this.

Dark Midnight Blue on Dark Midnight Blue… somebody had to be the lesser of two foul-stenching evils. In this case, it happened to be Gibbs.

mankai on September 11, 2009 at 3:34 PM

James on September 11, 2009 at 2:16 PM

Stop posting on my handle.

James on September 11, 2009 at 3:38 PM

It is to bad that CNN will not jump on the ACORN story as quickly.

farright on September 11, 2009 at 3:41 PM

So many hours to fill without covering ACORN, Tea Parties and the truth; Give them a break! thank you barnone that hit the nail on the head of point i wanted to make.

ATEXAN on September 11, 2009 at 3:41 PM

Gibbs might be correct but he still sucks.

farright on September 11, 2009 at 3:43 PM

I can tell you’ve never been associated with Strategic Deterrence. It’s the best time to run a test/drill.

BobMbx on September 11, 2009 at 3:14 PM

Hmmmm… Retired Navy. Ran Boarding and Security Teams on 2 different ships, including during Desert Storm. Worked for COMSUBPAC for 3 years…

Nope, never had anything to do with security.

Romeo13 on September 11, 2009 at 3:44 PM

I have participated in a number of drills involving the USCG and local law enforcement authorities on the water. When there could be any chance of misinterpretation, we and they always would interject “This is a drill”.

Often our communications would involve picking up “bodies” or “victims” — all part of the exercise. We, as the Coast Guard in DC should have, are always aware Ch 16 and the 3 Coast Guard frequencies are being monitored by folks with scanners. That’s probably what happened here.

MY guess is the Coast Guard will be more careful in the future.

Corky Boyd on September 11, 2009 at 3:45 PM

Need to mark my calendar too. For once I agree with Gibbs. CNN made the mistake.

MobsterinVA on September 11, 2009 at 3:46 PM

Gibbs might be correct but he still sucks. how many of u would flat out lie or twist the truth for cash or glory?

ATEXAN on September 11, 2009 at 3:47 PM

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