If you haven't seen it yet, the Village Voice article on Rudy Giuliani's phony claims about 9/11 is a must-read. We already knew that his "broken windows" strategy was probably not responsible for the drop in crime in New York City. And now it turns out that his reputation for effectively fighting and responding to terrorism is also bogus. So why is he running again? And will the press point any of this out?
Update 8/11 11:10 AM -- Ross Douthat makes a good point about the Voice story:
I'm no great Rudy booster, but I'm much, much more likely to take this kind of story with a grain of salt because it appears in an extremely left-wing alternative weekly (but I repeat myself) that did nothing but bash Hizzoner, sometimes fairly but usually not, throughout his mayoralty. Forget [National Review]: There's a whole world of more mainstream liberal publications that would lend far more credibility to a story like this, and that would be happy, I would imagine, to run a devastating takedown of Giuliani's "hero of 9/11" reputation. And so fairly or not, the fact that it didn't run in the Times Magazine or Time or Newsweek or The New Republic or Vanity Fair or Esquire or almost anywhere else makes me automatically inclined to approach it with more skepticism that it may deserve.
So who in the mainstream press is going to follow up on the story?