The events of September 11th, 2001 affected the entire world.
The 9/11 Television News Archive is a library of news coverage of the events of 9/11/2001 and their aftermath as presented by U.S. and international broadcasters. A resource for scholars, journalists, and the public, it presents one week of news broadcasts for study, research and analysis.
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Television is our pre-eminent medium of information, entertainment and persuasion, but until now it has not been a medium of record. This Archive attempts to address this gap by making TV news coverage of this critical week in September 2001 available to those studying these events and their treatment in the media.
Explore 3,000 hours of international TV News from 20 channels over 7 days, and select analysis by scholars.
Analysis of the 9/11 Television News: Perspectives
- Therapeutic Patriotism and Beyond
It was incomprehensible, unless it was a movie. Tentative conversations about the horror-movieness of it would begin, only to stall as people turned back to the spectacle, astonished again in rerun.
- Terrorism, Television and the Rage for Vengeance
"This will be a monumental struggle of good versus evil," President Bush proclaimed. The media reactions to such rhetoric have been overwhelmingly favorable.
- Television Conventions
Within the course of a few hours, the unthinkable had occurred and news coverage shifted from responding to uncertain events to imposing form and meaning upon them. Graphic form, rhythmic form (the footage of the jet smashing into the second tower repeated up to 30 times per hour), and increasingly, narrative form - all gave coherence to events that were still difficult to comprehend.
- Terrorism and the Sublime
It didn't take long to view all the disaster footage the television networks had to offer, and yet those first days I kept watching, and watching and watching.
- Media Convergence and Its Consequences
Convergence of media and wider participation in communication underlie the global information revolution now permeating the Arab Middle East and bypassing efforts of nearly all governments of the region to control the print and broadcast media.
- Minute by Minute with the Broadcast News
CBS shows one of the shots I will never forget. It is a wide, wide aerial view from the harbor. The Statue of Liberty stands proud and strong in the foreground. Behind her, Manhattan--all of it--is shrouded in smoke.
- Media Advisory: Media March to War
In crisis situations, particularly those involving terrorism, media often report unsubstantiated information about suspects or those claiming responsibility-- an error that is especially dangerous in the midst of calls for military retaliation.
- Action Alert: Media Pundits Advocate Civilian Targets Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly, the channel's most popular host, declared on his September 17 broadcast that if the Afghan government did not extradite Osama bin Laden to the U.S., "the U.S. should bomb the Afghan infrastructure to rubble-- the airport, the power plants, their water facilities, and the roads."
- When Journalists Report for Duty
Much of the initial news coverage was poignant, grief-stricken and utterly appropriate. But many news analysts and pundits lost no time conveying -- sometimes with great enthusiasm -- their eagerness to see the United States use its military might in anger. Such impulses are extremely dangerous.
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