Through it, narratives are created and strengthened, whether they relate to a nation's history, gender roles or economic goals. This is true of terrorism, of course, and there have been studies on the cultural production that touches upon this phenomenon, especially after the attack on the World Trade Center towers in New York City on 11 September Most of them, however, have focused on the ways cultural production has reinforced the political goals of the White House, effectively making acceptable and justifying the so-called War on Terror, including the invasion to Iraq. They have explored the public's reaction to that iconic event, and have even gone so far as to imagine newer, deadlier attacks on American soil.
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Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. May Learn how and when to remove this template message Television coverage of the September 11 attacks and their aftermath was the longest uninterrupted news event in the history of U.
From the moment the networks broadcast the news that the first plane hit the North Tower of the World Trade Centerall programs and commercials were suspended, with all four networks broadcasting uninterrupted news coverage. Programming on the cable and satellite channels was also altered in the immediate aftermath, as only appropriate re-runs were aired, and commercials were either changed, suspended, or replaced by PSA messaging to help the attack's victims.
Millions of television viewers, watching live broadcasts of the attacks unfolding, would see the second plane hit the South Tower and both towers collapse. This was the first time since the assassination of John F.
Kennedy that TV networks announced that there would be no television commercials or programs for an indefinite period of several days after the attacks, as it was widely felt that it was an inappropriate time for "fun and entertainment" programs to be shown when so much death and destruction was being seen live on television.
During the week of the attacks, evening news broadcasts for the networks nearly doubled its average viewership audience, and it was also estimated that American adults watched an average of eight 8 hours of television, a day, again nearly double the average viewership audience.
To keep up with the constant flow of information, many news networks began running continuous updates in the form of a news ticker that crawled along the bottom of the screen, which soon became a permanent feature of many networks.
Occasionally, erroneous information was broadcast. An examination of CNN's coverage of September 11, which was replayed online, virtually in its entirety, on the fifth anniversary of the attacks on September 11, reveals that following the attack on the Pentagon, CNN also reported a fire had broken out on the National Mall and that according to a wire report, a car bomb had exploded in front of the State Department.
It also broadcast an interview with a witness to the Pentagon attack who said it was a helicopter that hit the building, not a plane. CNN was not alone in airing these or similar inaccurate reports, as subsequent examination of coverage by other networks has shown. During the second attack, the networks had already suspended programming, in all time zones, to air special coverage from their respective news divisions: As Fox did not have a network morning program, many Fox affiliates began airing local news telecasts with coverage from Fox News Channel.
Some affiliates broke away from network news coverage at certain times to air their regularly-scheduled local newscasts. The three major networks brought their main evening news anchors to lead coverage within the hour; Peter Jennings took over from GMA at 9: The major television stations in New York City provided local coverage of the World Trade Center attacks, though they also had to deal with the additional hamstring of their transmission facilities atop the World Trade Center being destroyed, along with six station engineers at WTC being killed in the attacks;  outside WCBS-TV and Univision flagship WXTV which maintained backup Empire State Building facilitiesthe other major New York English commercial stations hastily made arrangements with other full-power and low-power stations in the market not based at the World Trade Center to continue broadcasting their coverage over-the-air coverage over cable television was for the most part not affected due to direct fiber connections from stations to Time Warner Cable and Cablevision ; the attacks pre-dated the addition of local channels to direct-broadcast satellite providers.
WXTV relayed news in both Spanish and English in order to provide information to over-the-air viewers. One station in Washington, D. Smaller broadcast networks also altered their schedules.
PAX TV later i: The All News Channel continued their usual "news wheel" format updated when needed, albeit with the full half-hour devoted to the attacks rather than its usual format.
Most independent stations also suspended normal programming, but some independent stations continued to show their normal programming. CNN was the first cable network to break the news of the first attack at 8: The other major cable and satellite television networks in the United States reacted in three ways during the attacks: Some networks suspended their program lineup and simulcast the news coverage of their affiliated broadcast networks.
In addition, some local cable news channels, as well as C-SPANalso simulcast coverage from all of the major national cable news networks in the New York metropolitan area, NY1 and News 12 provided local coverage.
The Weather Channel also continued their regular programming, albeit with extra coverage of items of interest to their audience such as airport issues and ground travel delays due to the FAA's full-stop of all air operations.
Children's cable networks, including PBS KidsNickelodeonNogginDisney ChannelCartoon NetworkToon Disneyand Boomerang retained their usual programming schedules, with some episode removals due to violent or bomb-related imagery.
Premium channels such as HBOShowtime and Starz and their associated networks also retained their usual schedules, though triggering films with extreme violence and disaster films were quickly substituted with lighter fare.
After departing from CBS News's continuous coverage, MTV decided to program a limited continuous loop of music videos, with no new videos being introduced for a period of weeks. Several PBS member stations and networks, such as Wisconsin Public Televisiondecided to air PBS Kids programming, even in primetime, outside of The NewsHour and other regular public affairs programming to provide children a safe harbor from continuous news coverage of the attacks.
Other PBS member stations and some non-commercial independent stations continued showing normal programming, though with some extended coverage if they carried foreign newscasts. Broadcasters in several countries throughout South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania and also the rest of North America suspended normal programming to air coverage of the attacks.
Use of pictures[ edit ] When asked for her thoughts on the attacks, First Lady Laura Bush stated that "we need to be very careful about our children".
She warned parents not to let their children see the frightening images of destruction over and over, recommending that parents turn off the television and do something constructive, reassuring and calming with their kids. WPIX's satellite feed froze midway into the live footage; the image remained on the screen for much of the day, broadcasting continent-wide, until WPIX was able to set up alternate transmission facilities; as mentioned above, Superstation WGN was used to provide a national outlet for the station's programming when transmission resumed.
However, the advent of digital televisionwhich used New York as one of its flagship test markets, suffered a large setback, and many stations would not build their new digital facilities until orand networks and stations across the country in turn had to push back many deadlines both locally and nationally regarding high definition on-air operations while New York's shuffle of transmission facilities took place.
Programming[ edit ] The most immediate impact to television was the loss of David Angella co-creator and co-executive producer from the NBC show Frasierwho was among the passengers on American Airlines Flight In the United States, the start of the — television season was put on hold due to the extensive news coverage several series, such as NBC's Crossing Jordanwere originally scheduled to debut on September 11with mid-September premieres delayed until later in the month.
Late night talk shows such as The Tonight Show and Late Show with David Letterman were also off the air; Letterman was already dark for the week for a pre-season vacation. Even after regular programming resumed, several talk shows remained off the air for several more days as writers and hosts determined how best to approach the sensitive situation.While terrorism in general had crept back into the movies, often through fantasy, it was still several years before the actual events of 9/11 were depicted on timberdesignmag.comd: Sep 18, National Security; America After 9/11 America After 9/ A systematic look at the patterns of rights abuses in the United States’ domestic “war on terror” since September 11, From Jackie Chan's movie plot to Beavis and Butthead donning the garb of Al Qaeda activists, here are 15 bizarre pop culture events that mysteriously spoke of the 9/11 attacks, before they.
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