RE: Why?

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Date: Fri Sep 14 2001 - 15:29:04 BST

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            Hi Wade,

    >>I don't know if they showed these images in
    >>the US, to see Palestinians cheering the news of the attack

            <We were not kept from this.>

            The reason I said this was because it has been suggested over here
    that US network news has been, or was initially, very circumspect over the
    scale of the tragedy in some regards (e.g. ABC concentrating on the human
    interest angle of the woman and child successfully looking for the father).
    I'm not suggesting any kind of censorship, only a kind of journalistic
    disbelief (also evident from the US based British journalists- one BBC
    economics correspondent who was in the basement of one of the towers when it
    was first hit and later got out, has been permanently on the BBC's coverage,
    looking to me absolutely shell shocked, and needing some care, and not to be
    permanently in front of the camera which is where he's been).

            It's not a subject for now, but of course my professional interest
    inclines me to increasingly focus on the media angle. Behind the ambulances
    are the journalists, politicians, and not far behind are media academics.

            One chilling thing that stands out straight away is the
    consideration of where else in the world would one be certain of ending up
    with the terrorist act being filmed from about a dozen different angles?
    Could this have been in the terrorists' plans beyond the symbolism of the
    WTC, were they thinking, in a sense, of being certain of generating good
    pictures and extensive coverage?

            How's the feeling in Boston, Wade? Are people thinking about a
    national grief, or are thoughts more introspective in terms of it being
    Boston's airport that two of the planes left from?


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