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Big 3 Networks to Mark 9/11 with Harder Stance (They figure they can ambush the Administration now)
Yahoo! News / Hollywood Reporter ^ | 8.12.03 | Andrew Grossman

Posted on 08/12/2003 6:57:13 AM PDT by mhking

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - One month before the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 tragedy, the broadcast networks seem set to change the tone of their coverage of that event from focusing on the event itself and the memorials to looking more at policy issues in the aftermath of the attacks.

The exact extent of the coverage is still uncertain as the networks await to hear from New York, Washington and Shanksville, Pa., on their plans for the day, but it is highly unlikely that ABC, CBS and NBC News will repeat their 2002 menu of broad live coverage on Sept. 11.

"In the first year after that unspeakable tragedy, there was a need for the nation to come together," ABC News vp Jeffrey Schneider said. "For the second-year anniversary, we've obviously taking a very serious look at a host of security issues facing the country, and we're doing that for five days."

Networks carried minute-by-minute timelines from the day of the attacks and issued commentary about the state of the nation's psychology and preparedness at a time of when the government was constantly warning of further terrorist action.

ABC News' Peter Jennings seemed to sum up all of the networks' attitudes when he said at one point during the Sept. 11 coverage last year: "This is not, it seems to me, the moment to have a policy debate."

Not this year.

ABC is brandishing its plans to spend five days that week on a series of reports across most of its news vehicles -- on television, radio and the Internet -- that will examine, in effect, if the war on terrorism is working. All of ABC News' shows will ask aggressive questions about al-Qaida, Osama bin Laden (news - web sites) and whether the $20 billion spent on security was worth it.

CBS said its plans are similar, though executives are unsure if all of its newsmagazines will address Sept. 11-related issues. "60 Minutes II" will reprise and update Scott Pelley's interview with President Bush (news - web sites). NBC News' plans "are still in formation," said Mark Lukasiewicz, executive producer of news specials and special projects.

Schneider said the aggressive tone does not represent a change from a year ago. "I take exception to that," he said. "That's our job. This is in the same vein. We've always had a healthy dose of skepticism when we approach any subject."

But CBS News senior vp news operations Marcy McGinnis conceded that the media might have hesitated at a time when patriotic fervor was sweeping the country.

"It's been swinging like a pendulum back and forth," she said. "The press, they questioned authority a little bit less than they normally would after 9/11. The mood of the country was such, it was a very different time. The mood of the country was very much 100% rally around the president, and I think the media probably wasn't as tough as they normally are."

But in the past few months, she said, "It went the other way after the war was over. There were no weapons of mass destruction and no connection between al-Qaida and (Saddam) Hussein."

Andrew Tyndall, publisher of the Tyndall Report, which monitors the broadcast news coverage, said there is no question that a year ago, the media "pulled their punches compared to what they are doing today."

For example, he said, little was said about intelligence flaws and Saudi Arabia's link to the attacks, issues the networks are likely to raise this year.

All the networks agreed they will downplay the sentimental coverage of a year ago. "The second anniversary feels different than the first one," NBC's Lukasiewicz said.

As for airing special reports in the vein of ABC, he said only, "We've been aggressively covering the important stories and important issues surrounding 9/11 all along, not just tied to that anniversary."

The networks did not ignore controversy during last year's anniversary week: There were stories on the Bush administration's increasing pressure on Iraq (news - web sites) and questions raised over how effective new security measures had been.

"A year ago, it was a chance to issue a report card on the state of the country's spirit, on the state of terrorism and the state of domestic preparedness," Lukasiewicz said.

This year, McGinnis said, all the networks will cover the same thing.

"The stories are the obvious ones," she said.


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They figure they can slip back into their "we hate the President" mode and do their level best to make the Administration look bad.
1 posted on 08/12/2003 6:57:13 AM PDT by mhking
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Just damn.

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2 posted on 08/12/2003 6:57:29 AM PDT by mhking
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To: mhking
I foresee another rating bonanza for FOX.
3 posted on 08/12/2003 6:58:26 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: mhking
I hope we find some WMD's, Saddam, and OBL's remains before 9-11. I suspect this post is correct, the media is preparing to launch a huge attack on Bush.
4 posted on 08/12/2003 7:00:00 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: 1Old Pro
Soooo....what's new? 60% of the people are behind the President.....this is going to backfire.
5 posted on 08/12/2003 7:10:13 AM PDT by goodnesswins (Join the Democrat party......be a COMMIE in drag.)
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To: mhking
The celebrations begin at DU:


6 posted on 08/12/2003 7:11:35 AM PDT by dead (Perdicaris alive or Raisuli dead!)
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To: mhking
All the networks agreed they will downplay the sentimental coverage of a year ago. "The second anniversary feels different than the first one," NBC's Lukasiewicz said

Maybe to them, probably to them, but CERTAINLY NOT to me!! Alas, they are starting only 2 years after the event to minimize the tragedy and attempt to re-focus the responsibility away from Islamic terrorists.

Before too many years, 9-11 from the perspective of the media will have lost all it's poignancy, lost much of it's meaning and lost everything we should learn and re-learn from it. The media hardly if ever, recognizes Pearl Harbor Day at ths point. So odious that they strive to do the same with the attack on America in this century. Ptuuiii!! spit.

I hope that David Kay's report comes out just after this, and illustrates the corruption and commie agenda of so much of American media so brightly that even the blind can see them for the traitors they are. This is beyond disgraceful!

Prairie

7 posted on 08/12/2003 7:24:42 AM PDT by prairiebreeze (Middle East terrorists to the world: " We don't want no STINKING PEACE!!")
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To: mhking
bump
8 posted on 08/12/2003 7:25:33 AM PDT by RippleFire
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To: mhking
I don't care what they say, as long as they SHOW THOSE PICTURES three or four times. Everything else will take care of itself.
9 posted on 08/12/2003 7:41:56 AM PDT by LS
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To: 1Old Pro
These are same people who would not show the jumpers flying out the top of the WTC on 911 on TV. Sick.

To fight off the leftist morons who anguish over driving SUV's with bumper stickers with such BS as "WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER," I plan to attend events that will take 9-11 seriously. I know of events planned at special Boy Scout meetings to commemorate 9-11. Perhaps there are others that veterans are planning.

Don't take this sitting down.

10 posted on 08/12/2003 7:43:44 AM PDT by flamefront (To the victor go the oils. No oil or oil-money for islamofascist weapons of mass annihilation.)
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11 posted on 08/12/2003 7:56:08 AM PDT by flamefront (To the victor go the oils. No oil or oil-money for islamofascist weapons of mass annihilation.)
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To: mhking

12 posted on 08/12/2003 7:59:28 AM PDT by ChadGore (Kakkate Koi!)
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To: prairiebreeze; mhking
Hmmmmm. David Kay. Said to have a report first coming out "in six months...." or then "..end of year..." now "SEPTEMBER."

Strategery? I hope so.
13 posted on 08/12/2003 8:02:49 AM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: mhking
Can't understand why their news ratings are tanking. Most of us wouldn't believe the salaries they pull down to be this incompetent. They put these shows on for each other because most viewers who pay attention to current events are not lefties.
14 posted on 08/12/2003 8:07:25 AM PDT by Let's Roll (And those that cried Appease! Appease! are hanged by those they tried to please!")
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To: mhking
I guess this means they will look into the intelligence and foreign policy failures of the previous presidency, and follow the Saudi money trail to Clinton administration officials, right? Right?
15 posted on 08/12/2003 9:02:11 AM PDT by fnord ( Hyprocisy is the tribute vice pays to virtue)
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To: mhking
Translation: Fun's fun, folks, but it's time to get to the important task at hand: Elect a Democrat in '04.
16 posted on 08/12/2003 9:04:48 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty ( 2003, Ravin' Lunatic since 4/98)
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To: ChadGore
ROTF!!!! Jeez, there went my lunch!!
17 posted on 08/12/2003 9:07:07 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: mhking
Negative and blame the Bush administration is all the media cares about. It's about their politics. They keep showing their bias and can continue to do so because they will continue to prove the point that they are liberals spewing their propaganda. The media needs to be hit with slander suits and the like. They are spinning out of control and becoming ever more flagrant.
18 posted on 08/12/2003 9:38:30 AM PDT by bushfamfan
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19 posted on 08/12/2003 10:14:44 AM PDT by Timesink
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To: LS
Not a chance they'll be showing the pictures. This will be an opportunity for them to bash Ashcroft, Rumsfeld, Rice and of course, Cheney.

Just another nail in the coffin of spiraling downward ratings for the elite media.

20 posted on 08/12/2003 10:20:31 AM PDT by OldFriend ((Dems inhabit a parallel universe))
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To: mhking
All of ABC News' shows will ask aggressive questions about al-Qaida, Osama bin Laden and whether the $20 billion spent on security was worth it.

The bigger question is what did we get for our money with President Bill Clinton's national security team.

21 posted on 08/12/2003 11:38:52 AM PDT by weegee
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To: mhking
Good, let 'em try. I hope the administration holds off on the Kay report until after 9/11, so as to let the network 'news' totally undermine themselves. A big refutation exposing their bias that everyone sees, right before the 2004 presidential campaign begins
22 posted on 08/12/2003 11:43:26 AM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: LS
I don't care what they say, as long as they SHOW THOSE PICTURES three or four times. Everything else will take care of itself.

Ditto.

23 posted on 08/12/2003 11:58:27 AM PDT by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: mhking
"...we're doing that for five days..."

What is that? Mislead,Distort and Obfuscate? I expect nothing less from the Alphabet Channels.What is amazing is I'll bet they plan on doing it on every newsmagazine show and hopefully their viewership will be even lower than it is today.Does anyone actually watch CBS anymore?They'll never learn and I'm okay with that. LOL

24 posted on 08/12/2003 2:52:39 PM PDT by Pagey (Hillary Rotten is a Smug, Holier - Than - Thou Socialist)
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