“9-1-1, what’s the true nature of your emergency?”


September 19, 2012 by billie789

We just passed through another agonzingly tedious observance of September 11, 2001 and throughout the week’s-worth of new documentaries and old documentaries and new Facebook games (Where were you when you heard-type trivia games) and file footage of Matt Lauer with hair watching the towers on fire, on and on.

I was struck this year with some grown-up thoughts about this annual observation: When will it end?

Pearl Harbor happened in 1941, was the very reason we went to war with Japan, although it was about to blow up over a number of things, but we stopped doing these over-the-top, patriotic, emotionally-charged anniversaries by the early 50’s, according to modern-day historians.

Viet Nam lasted for us from the early 60’s until the mid-70’s and we couldn’t forget it fast enough…55,000 American troops and soldiers died, tens of thousands more wounded, permanently disabled. By the early 80’s, we had stopped talking about it.

But for some reason, we keep the deep national wounds and emotions and anger running hot year after year over September 11, 2001. It’s been 11 years and there’s no sign we’re ‘getting over it’ like we’ve done with other national trauma.

Is there a huge, national, annual observation for the victims of the Oklahoma City FBI Building bombing? Nope! They were victims of a terrorists, too.

But last week, television was steeped in every kind of video clip, 911 call, images of falling bodies and ash-covered pedestrians plastered all over. . .again.  Networks actually worked very hard to find new ways to dissect and parse each morsel of each moment of that day.

Why do we continue to drag this out like it happened last week? What makes this so different? Is the media beating this thing every year for ratings and we poor dopes in the audience land don’t realize we’re being manipulated for ad dollars?

You decide!

11 thoughts on ““9-1-1, what’s the true nature of your emergency?”

  1. torqdog says:

    it’s real simple Stu. This event happened on our soil and was seen in every household that has a TV…….namely every household in America. Add to that the 24/7/365 news cycle that predominates our culture and it becomes quite obvious to me anyway why this event has legs.

    I avoided the whole memorial/rememberance thing by simply leaving the tele off as we were on vacation and I’ve had more important things on my mind of late.

    The answer is yes, she passed on Sept 9 and I’m headed down to the Bay Area tonight to get ready for Saturday’s Celebration of Life ceremony.

  2. adam craig says:

    And where were you.. Lets see it was 11 years ago and you were problably working if not in Olyimpa or realy close.. Humm wonder if it was an atack on our local capitol or your family that died or were fighting for our country currently your post might have a different tone. Yes the mieda news if polluted by money and political enjenda but I have see them make great strides at seeing both sides in recient times.
    Why should it be brought up? Humm lets see the ones who did this by there belifes want death to us and isereial and they killed more civilians than any other atack on our home soil and they still want us dead.. And not to mention every other paitrotic american says never forget! I guess this is what Im saying stop playing devels advocit. Love ya dad but get a fucking grip

  3. Bill says:

    Jesus, you two! Read the label, willya? Next to the word “by,” what name do you see?

    • adam craig says:

      My mobil app doesnt show it on most post and as you guessed after reading the first reply I uh assumed the auther, but after further review I see it on this one. Sorry dad and well billy I might need to change a few details but I think the point is understood even as missdirected as it was.

    • torqdog says:

      Oooopsy! Sorry Bill but I was in a hurry and truly thought I saw Stu’s sig on this one.

  4. esarsea says:

    I understand where you’re coming from Bill, and I sense your questions were somewhat rhetorical? But to jump in with my 2 cents, I believe it’s symptomatic of the information age and the degradation of our press.

    Got to remember that TV news is a for-profit business, and their focus is to secure the support of sponsors to pay the bills. Remember this video?

    Check the quote at the 5:00 minute mark: “We’ll tell you what the news is. The news is what we say it is.”

    With the internet we’ve seen the demise of legitimate print media. The guys who were the true “watch dogs” and who had the public’s back. Reporters with a sense of duty and civic responsibility. Sure, newspapers needed to sell ads to survive as well, but the whole vibe and focus was different. Heck, I don’t need to tell you, you’re the journalist among us. You know more about this than I do.

    For the most part, TV news is a joke.

  5. Jane says:

    Billie, i didn’t think it was about ad dollars i thought it was about keeping the public in support of the wars.

    • Bill says:

      I doubt most news networks and organizations have an agenda to keep war in front of people for patriotic purposes because they have to make a lot of money to stay in business and ratings is how you do it in broadcast, Jane.

      An administration may have a strong need to make war and control the press the way they did in Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom, but the ‘nets’ need to practically print money to stay alive these days.

      If you saw the calandar wall in a news room or sales office at a TV station, you’d see these special programs planned out WAY in advance so that sales people can go out and sell commercial spots in them or even find program sponsors before the show’s been shot and edited for broadcast.

  6. Jane says:

    not for patriotic purposes IMO. I get what you are saying. Its not to keep war in front but the reason for which the public supports the wars. What i am trying to say though is that there is a connection to the media and the military industrial complex.
    from http://archive.truthout.org/topstories/122709vh4
    “At present, the global dominance agenda includes penetration into the boardrooms of the corporate media in the US. Only 118 people comprise the membership on the boards of director of the ten big media giants. These 118 individuals in turn sit on the corporate boards of 288 national and international corporations. Four of the top 10 media corporations share board director positions with the major defense contractors including:

    William Kennard: New York Times, Carlyle Group

    Douglas Warner III, GE (NBC), Bechtel

    John Bryson: Disney (ABC), Boeing

    Alwyn Lewis: Disney (ABC), Halliburton

    Douglas McCorkindale: Gannett, Lockheed-Martin.

    Given an interlocked media network of connections with defense and other economic sectors, big media in the United States effectively represent the interests of corporate America. Media critic and historian Norman Solomon described the close financial and social links between the boards of large media-related corporations and Washington’s foreign-policy establishment: “One way or another, a military-industrial complex now extends to much of corporate media.”[vii] The Homeland Security Act Title II Section 201(d)(5) provides an example of the interlocked military-industrial-media complex. This Act specifically asks the directorate to “develop a comprehensive plan for securing the key resources and critical infrastructure of the United States including information technology and telecommunications systems (including satellites) emergency preparedness communications systems.”

  7. Jane says:

    not saying the entire picture but part of the picture

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