9/11 Memorial Museum Tried to Keep Out Iconic Flag Raising Photo


Not surprising at all for anyone who has followed the shameful course of events as the left hijacked the memorialization of September 11.

This iconic picture of firefighters raising the stars and stripes in the rubble of Ground Zero was nearly excluded from the 9/11 Memorial Museum — because it was “rah-rah” American, a new book says.

Michael Shulan, the museum’s creative director, was among staffers who considered the Tom Franklin photograph too kitschy and “rah-rah America,” according to “Battle for Ground Zero” (St. Martin’s Press) by Elizabeth Greenspan, out next month.

“I really believe that the way America will look best, the way we can really do best, is to not be Americans so vigilantly and so vehemently,” Shulan said.

That about says it all. This is the moral rot we’re dealing with.


Eventually, chief curator Jan Ramirez proposed a compromise, Greenspan writes. The Franklin shot was minimized in favor of three different photos via three different angles of the flag-raising scene.

“Several images undercut the myth of ‘one iconic moment,’ Ramirez said, and suggest instead an event from multiple points of view, like the attacks more broadly,” the book says.

“Shulan didn’t like three photographs more than he liked one, but he went along with it.”

Shulan told The Post he didn’t know that the way Greenspan described the discussion about the photographs “is the way that I would have.”

“My concern, as it always was, is that we not reduce [9/11] down to something that was too simple, and in its simplicity would actually distort the complexity of the event, the meaning of the event,” he said.

And what is the meaning exactly? It’s complex. It just isn’t American. It isn’t patriotic.

  • Chez

    “….the complexity of the event, the meaning of the event.”

    Left-wing intellectuals/academics are always talking about “complexity” when referring to our enemies, but resort to simplistic, reductionist formulas when defining America (“institutionally racist”, “patriarchal”, “imperialist”). It’s just one more aspect of their characteristic hypocrisy and disingenuousness.

    Sorry Mr Shulan. The “complexity” of 9-11 can be reduced to one simple fact: America was/is an impediment to the aspirations of the global Jihad, so the Jihadists murdered 3000 Americans to express their displeasure.

    • Chez

      Should read WAS, not is. It would be one helluva stretch to assert that the Obama Admin. is an impediment to the global Jihad.

      • Alex

        @Chez – Time long pass to put “intellectuals/academics” in quotation marks. They are not neither. Believe you me, I’ve seen them in the times of TSHTF and practically every one is full of the proverbial matter and nothing else. Wast majority of these people are leaches living of the fat of the working members of society and, due to raging subconscious inferiority complex and resulting hubris, despise the providers and just have to be nihilists to prove to themselves and alike that they stand for something.

        • MarilynA

          Our educational institutions are crowed with Communist indoctrinated Hippies from the 60’s Peace and Civil rights Revolutions. The only way they could remain “student activists” was to stay in school so they went on to get masters and Doctorate degrees, thereby becoming the most educated to apply for jobs. They just continued their student “activist” activities as Professors and teachers.

  • luckycat76

    I wonder what Mr. Shulan’s reaction would be to the most iconic flag-raising image of all : the Marines raising the flag atop Mt. Suribachi at Iwo Jima?

    • Drakken

      That whackademic would have a meltdown and call us Marines militaristic imperialist who imposed our will on those innocent misunderstood Japanese.

  • Archibald Angel

    There’s no doubt that that Michael Shulan would enthusiastically applaud the black flag of jihad being raised over the White House as the Constitution is extinguished. He is a vile parasite intent on destroying his host.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “There’s no doubt that that Michael Shulan would enthusiastically applaud the black flag of jihad being raised over the White House as the Constitution is extinguished. He is a vile parasite intent on destroying his host.”

      Because that fits his “complex” worldview. It would excite him to no end. Well, it would end when they got around to applying sharia to his behavior. Obviously too late for him by then.

  • Archibald Angel

    How exactly does some vile, anti-American parasite like Michael Shulan get a job as the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s “Creative Director,” anyway? Did CAIR make the nomination?

    • Ballclamp

      No. CAIR, and other like-minded adherents of the perversion of nature that is Islam, would have Shulan stoned to death because of his obvious homosexuality.

    • MarilynA

      He got the job because he is a vile Anti American parasite. Haven’t you heard that that the Pennsylvania memoral to the victims on the plane that went down there is in the shape of the crescent with the main memorial site in the place where the star is on the Muslim flag? To add insult to injury the crescent is made up of red maple trees. And the hijackers names are included in the names of the victims.

  • DogmaelJones1

    “My concern, as it always was, is that we not reduce [9/11] down to
    something that was too simple, and in its simplicity would actually
    distort the complexity of the event, the meaning of the event,” he said.

    Meaning? Absolutely nothing. Shulan ought to be writing Obama’s speeches. The “meaning of the event” is that Americans did not share Shulan’s premise that the attack on this country by Islam was to be judged by moral “relativism” but by moral absolutes, and that the attackers were killers, not “frustrated” Muslims trying to get the “angst” out of their system by killing 3,000 Americans. Shulan is a contemptible creature. But then the whole notion of “memorializing” 9/11 is futile. We were attacked by an identifiable enemy, and we never retaliated. Had we done that, Shulan would be spray painting subway walls with “gay” graffiti instead of living the high life on the Memorial Museum committee.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “Meaning? Absolutely nothing.”

      Especially in the context being discussed, which was a museum that I assume already has more than a single display.

      He meant that the mere act of showing or highlighting an American flag itself is “complex” because it conflicts with his international socialist worldview values.

      Maybe he prefers to reenact the plane strikes and let that be the sole focus: Take that America!

      He obviously hates America, but says that he loves America meaning don’t call him a traitor because it will make him cry and besides, he is visualizing a “transformed” America so he’s doing his part. For the international socialist cause. In America.

  • tagalog

    Not too simple, right, got it. All that nuance in an incident in which those who hate America attacked it and caused thousands of deaths, and some firemen raised the American flag for some reason, undoubtedly patriotic, and we’re now commemorating the attack and the American feelings it inspired. There must be some non-simplicity in there somewhere.


    Where do we get such simpletons, and why do we entrust them with American responsibilities? Let them write for Mother Jones or something.

  • cathy


    Obama: No Hand on Heart for National Anthem
    October 20, 2007

    “During rendition of the national anthem when the flag is displayed, all present except those in uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. Men not in uniform should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart.” — United States Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, Sec. 171

    Turns out that not wearing a flag lapel pin isn’t the only way Barack Obama chooses to show he’s a different kind of Democrat.

    Photo –

  • cathy


    Barack Obama Stops Wearing American Flag Lapel Pin
    Published October 04, 200

    Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama says he doesn’t wear an American flag lapel pin because it has become a substitute for “true patriotism” since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

    “The truth is that right after 9/11 I had a pin,” Obama said. “Shortly after 9/11, particularly because as we’re talking about the Iraq war, that became a substitute for I think true patriotism, which is speaking out on issues that are of importance to our national security.
    “I decided I won’t wear that pin on my chest,” he said in the interview. “Instead, I’m going to try to tell the American people what I believe will make this country great, and hopefully that will be a testament to my patriotism.”

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    • CowboyUp

      Obama’s idea of ‘true patriotism’ is to let Obama and his commissars make your important decisions for you, and take your money and spend it on your behalf.

  • chepkadog

    it’s all empty talk

    be cool

  • Sunshine43

    This Shulman piece of trash needs to be put in the disposal! What an imbecile!