As the anniversary is shortly upon us, we decided to revisit footage captured from live local media broadcasts on the morning of September 11, 2001.
TV news stations always have slogans like “news you can count on,” but when a major traumatic event happens, what percentage of the live mainstream media reports that you are watching are even really happening?
On September 11, the nation watched in horror live as the second plane slammed into the World Trade Center, then later both towers collapsed into their own footprints live; essentially, the nation’s viewing audience watched thousands of people die on live TV.
As audiences are captivated by the nightmarish scenes of death and destruction replayed over and over and over again on 24/7 news channels, are they too traumatized in that instant to question anything they are being told with a critical eye? Are viewers simply terrified into readily believing everything that they see on TV?
This footage comes from a VCR recording taped on the morning of 9/11 by Popeye at Federaljack.com. Reviewing it now years later leaves us with fresh questions and definitely many more questions than it answers. (You may view the full six-hour video here.) Our video only analyzes what was reported until around 11:30 a.m. that day, and thus, does not even include the fact that the BBC reported the WTC building 7 collapse 20 minutes early while the reporter is clearly standing in front of a live view of building 7 still standing.
Of the original, YouTube viewer Jsd8675 wrote, “Best coverage… illustrates the feeling that every city was eventually going to be attacked, everything was closing, shutting down, the country was falling apart. Looking back we know what happened. Back then, we thought the entire country was falling apart.”
The reporting of this event as seen above certainly mirrors that viewer’s sentiments; traumatic doesn’t even begin to cover it, and much more was being reported than just the attacks at the World Trade Center, the attack on the Pentagon, and the crash at Shanksville, Pennsylvania that comprise the official 9/11 Commission report.
After the space shuttle Challenger blew up live on television killing all seven people aboard, Joyce Nelson wrote: