Reporter Kurt Eichenwald blasts Ari Fleischer over 9/11 ‘truther’ accusation

By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 23:08 EDT
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Tuesday on CNN, reporter Kurt Eichenwald confronted Ari Fleischer after the former White House Press Secretary accused him of believing that George W. Bush was behind the September 11 terror attacks.

“Now, I am kind of angry at Ari today, because the first thing he did was send out a tweet calling me a ’9/11 truther,’” Eichenwald said, while Fleisher nodded in agreement, “meaning one of those people who says George Bush orchestrated 9/11. And that is the kind of garbage, the kind of empty headed garbage, that has prevented history from taking place here.”

Eichenwald recently authored a book claiming President George W. Bush ignored classified daily intelligence briefings about the threat of Al Qaeda. Eichenwald explained that his book is partially based on daily presidential intelligence briefings that were not made available to the 9/11 Commission, a congressional task force that conducted a lengthy investigation of the terror attacks.

But Fleischer insisted that Eichenwald was merely preaching a “cleaned-up version of trutherism” because his column in the New York Times didn’t criticize former President Bill Clinton. Fleischer described Eichenwald as a “rabid partisan.”

“It is about what did the documents I obtained and saw show,” Eichenwald said. “I’m not going to run around and say, ‘Gee, I have a new story, but Ari Fleischer might be afraid or upset that I’m not spinning it enough in order to bring in Clinton.’ Did Clinton make mistakes? Absolutely. It has nothing to do with this.”

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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