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Monday, September 12, 2011

911 Films

Brian forwards this:

MRC Alert Special: MRC’s 9/11 Tribute to the Media Video

We’ve posted “A Tribute to the Media,” a ten-minute video, honoring television coverage of the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. It was shown at the Media Research Center’s “DisHonors Awards” held in Washington, DC on January 17, 2002 when we took a time-out for a few minutes to pay tribute to the patriotic work of journalists during the crisis.

The video starts with clips of the breaking news reporting that Tuesday morning, moves to world reaction, memorial services and search efforts; then to the patriotism displayed by Americans, the U.S. military response, Dan Rather and Geraldo Rivera rallying behind President Bush. It includes powerful commentaries from two leading journalists who have since passed away: Tim Russert and Tony Snow.

Please watch it on our MRCTV site:

Also appropriate as we commemorate the loss of life ten years ago caused by Osama bin Laden, on May 16 of this year, actor/comedian Martin Short celebrated the killing of bin Laden by singing, on the Late Show with David Letterman, “Bastard in the Sand,” a parody set to the tune of Elton John's “Candle in the Wind.” As he played the piano and sang, he was accompanied by five people dressed as Navy SEALs.

Watch the parody song:

To read the lyrics, go to the NewsBusters blog post with the same video:

Back to the MRC’s tribute to the media, in his September 19, 2001 column, “Beautiful Journalism,” MRC President L. Brent Bozell III heralded those in the media who performed exceptionally in the days after the terrorist attacks. An excerpt:

....[T]he work done by our national press corps in the wake of the horror has been, overall, magnificent....

Conservatives have pointed the finger at the snipings of David Broder and Mary McGrory in the Washington Post; at the New York Times; at others here and there. That’s all fine and good, but these journalists made themselves indescribably small in a nanosecond, so small in stature that I have no interest in commentary.

They weren’t reflective of our national media in the days following September 11. This was.

It was NBC’s John Palmer, grizzled old veteran that he is, who has probably seen all there is to see for thirty years or more – and suddenly he couldn’t find the words to describe to his audience what, exactly, had transpired during the memorial service at the Washington National Cathedral last Friday.

It was Fox’s Tony Snow, the happy warrior who relishes political combat with his biting Sunday television commentaries, putting politics aside to deliver an impassioned declaration of affection for his country, only to stop abruptly midway as the tears began to flow.

It was seemingly the entire on-air staff at Fox proudly wearing American flags on their lapels on Sunday, Tim Russert adorned with the red, white and blue ribbons on Meet the Press, CNN continuously running graphics of a waving American flag in its broadcasts.

It was Russert commenting on the death of Father Michael Judge, the chaplain of the New York City Fire Department, and a personal friend: “New York’s bravest physically carried Father Mike away…They asked his fellow Franciscans to cross the street and join them. Together – firemen, priests, and brothers – wept and sang the prayer of St. Francis, ‘May the Lord bless and keep you and show his face to you and have mercy on you.’ That is the way of New York. That is the spirit of America.”

It was Fox’s Shepard Smith on Saturday night, casting journalism rules to the wind as he reported on the pending re-opening of the stock market only to launch into a national pep talk about the patriotic duty to buy, not sell on Monday morning. It was Tom Brokaw putting his reporter’s instincts aside when he tenderly invited Solicitor General Ted Olson not to answer questions that might be too difficult concerning his wife’s murder.

It was the San Francisco Examiner raging with the headline Wednesday morning: “Bastards!” It was Time magazine defiantly proclaiming on its cover, “One Nation, Indivisible.” It was Newsweek stating with wondrous simplicity, “God Bless America.”

It was Dan Rather on the Letterman show twice breaking down, the second time unable to control his sobbing. It was Rather saying, “George Bush is the President. He makes the decisions, and, you know, it’s just one American, [but] wherever he wants me to line up, just tell me where.” It was Rather asking, “Who can sing now, with the same meaning we had before, one stanza of [“America the Beautiful”] that goes, ‘So beautiful, for patriot’s dream, that sees beyond the years/Thine alabaster cities gleam, undimmed by human tears’? We can never say that song again, that way…”

Will the sentiment last? Assuredly not. There will be – there are already – cracks developing as some in the media revert to the tired ways of partisan politics. But make no mistake about what you’re seeing. The emotion is deep, the passion is fierce, and the patriotism is there. And so is a renewed appreciation for the important things.

On Sunday evening Fox was airing live coverage to the Mass of Supplication at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York. Communion had been distributed and the choir’s hymns filled the air. The camera focused on a group of nuns, perhaps a dozen or so, kneeling in silent prayer. Look, intoned commentator Rita Cosby, “at those beautiful nuns.” On this day, in this time, they were no longer just nuns. They were – are – beautiful nuns.

These journalists aren’t just doing their job. They’re doing their job, beautifully.



Everyone should see 911 Reflections; Then and Now

Our very own Jack Kemp was one of the makers of this film, and it is a must-see for anyone who vowed to never forget that terrible day.

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