NBC, MSNBC 9/11 anniversary broadcasts stir emotions and controversy

Today is, of course, the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. It was the biggest news event of a generation, but particularly iconic for television news.

MSNBC re-airs the original Today Show coverage of 9/11.

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  • Anonymous

    It’s been more than 60 years since Pearl Harbor, and newspapers will STILL get complaints if it’s not
    mentioned on A1 every Dec. 7. It’s a no-win situation.

  • http://twitter.com/ProducerMatthew Matthew Keys

    Mostly true. It was an interview with Kris Jenner to discuss the finale of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” a show which is aired on the E! Network (a sister-channel of the NBC Network following Comcast’s acquisition in 2011).

  • http://twitter.com/ProducerMatthew Matthew Keys

    TL;DR version: “MSNBC did something they do every year. Some people on Twitter and Facebook liked it. Others did not.”

    That bit aside, the few paragraphs on ABC News were interesting. One year after the attack, they ran video of the towers falling as part of their recap (I still have it on a VHS somewhere). So if ABC News implemented a policy of only showing still images, it broke its only policy one year later.

    I’m not convinced, though, that ABC’s approach for the good of the “children” is the best. Are journalists supposed to educate and inform? Does the duty to inform only extend to what would make us, and our audience, comfortable? Nobody should tell ABC News how to run their newsroom — they have to make the decision as to whether they want to inform and educate all generations of its audience, or if they want to coddle it.

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t see it, but on Michael Smerconish’s radio show at noon today (eastern Time, 09/11) he mentioned that this morning’s “Today” show aired a segment on the Kardashians during the second hour, 8:00 to 9:00 am Eastern. If true, “duh”.

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t see it, but on Michael Smerconish’s radio show at noon today (eastern Time, 09/11) he mentioned that this morning’s “Today” show aired a segment on the Kardashians during the second hour, 8:00 to 9:00 am Eastern. If true, “duh”.