Skip to comments.Clueless: Tom Brokaw Cheapens “The Flight that Fought Back”
Posted on 09/15/2005 9:26:28 AM PDT by pabianice
Many readers will have watched the recent production on The Discovery Channel of The Flight that Fought Back, a dramatization of the events that occurred on September 11, 2001, aboard Flight 93. Using a wide variety of tapes and personal interviews, the producers recreated a harrowing scenario of what happened aboard the hijacked flight as it was speeding towards Washington, DC, at nearly 600 mph, controlled by four of the Middle Easts finest Islamic homicidal lunatics. The presentation was shown without interruption and was gripping from beginning to end. The survivors of those killed that day are to be thanked and congratulated for their participation in the production of this film.
If you have not yet seen this film, do yourself a favor: once the story ends, do not watch the epilogue hosted by career leftist and pseudo-journalist Tom Brokaw. To his eternal discredit but wholly in keeping with "liberal" political views Brokaw interviewed half a dozen of the survivors. Not only does this segment add nothing of value, it cheapens the story itself as Brokaw leads the interviewees through an eye-popping Im OK, Theyre OK segment right out of the Ward Churchill playbook. Brokaw continues the cognitive dissonance he showed the world in The Greatest Generation, in which he showered praise upon World War II veterans at the same time he was branding todays US military as the aggressors in Iraq and back-door draftees from among Americas poorest.
In his segment at the end of The Flight that Fought Back, Brokaw tries mightily to achieve two goals: to encourage the survivors to get through their grief and to learn to live with what happened. Its like watching a scene from the old 70s show Newhart, in which the psychologist leads his group of whacky, unbalanced Chicagoans through a satiric dissection of that era's frothy trends in psychological feel-good nonsense. Not once does Brokaw acknowledge that the acts of savagery on 9-11 need to be addressed for what they were: an act of war by ignorant, hate-filled barbarians intent upon punishing the USA for its successes as their own countries wallow in abject failure. Not once does Brokaw ask any of the people in the group if theyre feelings towards the Middle East and even (G-d forbid) Islam -- have been affected by what happened in 2001. Not once does Brokaw ask if we Americans need to look at life differently since the attack. No, its all about understanding what happened as a random act removed from the real world and about feeling better about ourselves now that the nasty events of that day are safely behind us. I do not remember Brokaw even saying the word Islam. Quelled Horror! That would be so so uncivilized.
That Brokaw could convince the films producers to add his bizarre segment to the shows end shows that he retains some tatters of his unearned clout within the industry. That Brokaw was able to get the survivors to agree with his Kerry-esque agenda must remain a painful moment in the lives of the survivors who participated in his interview. That some people of education and experience remain as willfully ignorant as Brokaw now four years into this war is a disquieting thing to contemplate as we wait for the next act of savagery directed at America from a people who would kill us all for our beliefs and our success.
Er, I think he means "quelle horreur" ....
I have the show on tape to watch later. Now I'll have to watch the epilogue to see if it's really that awful.
We watched it till we saw Brokaw then my wife changed the channel.
How could this be, or am I taking this statement out of context?
I re-read, you're talking about the surviving family members of those on board the flight. Sorry.
---Brokejaw--the simpleton my age who discovered some years ago that there was a decade between the thirties and the fifties and wrote a book about it---
It's amazing that in this nation there are those (proles and their handlers in the media) tend to respect or find credibility in those with deep resonant voices and passable looks dressed in suits...AND NOT MUCH ELSE!
In all fairness, this docudrama was about the passengers, their families and what they went though. It was an emotion piece, not an educational piece. I watched most of it, but I couldn't watch the end, so I didn't see this. I just couldn't take it anymore. I was so angry and so mad I ended having a sleepless night.
don't tell me brokaw refered to the hijackers as the freedom fighters and the passengers as the insurgents
"survivors" implies those who lived through the crash. It's a poor use of the word to use it to mean the relatives of the crash victims. You'd think these journalism majors woud have a better command of the English language. Or don't they proof read their material?
I watched the ending part.
It was more important to hear from the families and their answers rather than what Brokaw had to say.
To me it seemed like the only one "struggling" with thier feelings was the piano playing music teacher father...I feel so bad for him.
He posture and expressions while sitting there seemed so different than the others.
I turned it off when Broken-jaw came on. Who in the hell cares what he thinks! Old media is dead and he is old media!
It was a good production. I tuned out as soon as Brokenjaw appeared on the screen.
Is Brokaw a liberal MSM talking head? Certainly. But, on "The Flight That Fought Back", it didn't show.
I knew there was a reason I skipped that segment.
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