A retraction on our article claiming Rudy Giuliani ‘forgot’ 9/11, because context is important

Yesterday, I wrote piece (as did many other websites) that suggested former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani “forgot” about the terror attacks of 9/11. Although the word “forgot” was tongue in cheek, the intent was to highlight that it seemed Giuliani fashioned his language to gloss over 9/11 in order to slam the foreign policy decisions of President Barack Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

“Under those eight years before Obama came along, we didn’t have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack in the United States,” Giuliani said in the video. “They all started when Clinton and Obama got into office.”

The short clip from Giuliani’s speech at a Trump campaign-related event in Ohio went viral this Monday, sparking mockery from many left-leaning websites, including us.

But now that a complete video has emerged putting Giuliani’s remarks in more context, it’s apparent that his remarks were referencing the 8 years after George W. Bush signed the Patriot Act.

NBC Nightly News editor Bradd Jaffy shared the longer clip on Twitter, adding the proper context as well as pointing out that Giuliani actually referenced 9/11 during his talk and was referring to the almost eight years after that event as the period in which “we didn’t have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack in the United States.”

Giuliani’s assessment is still debatable and his rhetoric on foreign policy is generally atrocious. But taking someone’s words out of context in order to get clicks is not what DeadState is about. The full context of his speech should have been taken into account before the initial article was written.

I have no delusions about DeadState’s place in the online media world, but we always strive to be truthful in our headlines and to correct the record when we get it wrong.

[h/t Snopes]

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