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09/14/2011 12:08 pm ET | Updated Nov 14, 2011

Donald Rumsfeld: New York Times 'No Longer A Relevant Newspaper' (VIDEO)

Appearing on "Fox & Friends" on Wednesday, former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld discussed his recently announced decision to cancel his New York Times subscription.

Rumsfeld's decision comes on the heels of Times columnist Paul Krugman calling the behavior of some politicians after 9/11 "deeply shameful." Krugman drew conservative outrage with a blog post in which he wrote "fake heroes like Bernie Kerik, Rudy Giuliani, and, yes, George W. Bush raced to cash in on the horror" of 9/11. He added, "The memory of 9/11 has been irrevocably poisoned; it has become an occasion for shame. And in its heart, the nation knows it."

In addition to Rumsfeld, Michelle Malkin and writer Glenn Reynolds are two conservatives who took issue with the piece.

Soon after this post appeared online, Rumsfeld wrote on Twitter, "After reading Krugman’s repugnant piece on 9/11, I cancelled my subscription to the New York Times this AM."

While speaking on Fox News, Rumsfeld explained his decision to cancel his subscription to the Times. He said the Krugman post “was kind of the last straw for me." He went on to elaborate on his criticism and said, “Well you know I really wasn’t sending any message. I started reading the Sunday New York Times in 1950 when I was in college, and over the decades it has deteriorated and I decided I just didn’t want to provide my hard earned money to them and to support something that was promoting things like Krugman says, and others, and it’s just no longer a relevant newspaper by my standard.”

Below, video of Rumsfeld's appearance on "Fox & Friends."

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