Archive for February, 2010

9/11 Reflection: BBC News – “America’s Day of Terror”

It’s a scared, scared world. Post 9/11-society has brought with it an amazing abundance of changes. From the way news outlets around the world cover terrorist attacks – or perceived terrorist attacks – to the cautionary reactions of international governments one thing it clear: the world has moved toward a direction we never perceived possible on that clear September day. To Americans, it was the day that everything changed, that seemed impossible. To the world, it was a day that rocked a stable nation to its core, and shocked countries big and small. On a global scale the terrorist attacks of September 11 were met with equal bewilderment as a nation panicked, and the world watched.

One way to truly comprehend the world’s reaction is to look at one of the largest international platforms for news. The British Broadcasting Corporation, henceforth known under its familiar title “BBC”, not only has a monopoly in Britain, but is responsible for providing the world with its news as well. Today millions globally turn to the BBC for its breaking news and reporting, including countries where international coverage is considered a luxury. Though the BBC operates primarily via television and radio, the following examination focuses on the presentation of 9/11 from an online media perspective. Read more

The Importance of Radio

September 11, 2001: Covering the Inexplicable

As the news of the attacks on September 11, 2001 began to filter in, the press was faced with an important question:  How should it be covered.  Unlike most instances of news, there was no way for individual stations to get unique coverage of the events as they unfolded.  Instead, they were reliant upon their networks and the independent stations in New York to provide the information that could be conveyed to their audience.  Read more

Why Editorials Make Bad Sources

This post is mainly a deconstruction of an article that appeared on the twitter feed as a source, and was an editorial. The editorial itself contained a number of factual errors that even five seconds of research could have fixed. This is in no way a criticism of the person who believed this was a decent source, ignorance is to be corrected, not criticized.

The article in particular is located on Al-Jazeera here: “Israel’s New War Against Islamic Sites”

This is extremely relevant to terrorism and the press because of the idea that incitements promote violence and the press spreads these allegation thereby hurting or helping the creation of demonstrations, riots, and violence.  Read more

Scandal over US-supported Sunni insurgents in Iran-How Russia’s version of CNN reports the latest


9/11: Home Coverage and Across the Pond

“This just in…we have unconfirmed reports this morning that a plane has crashed into one of the towers of the World Trade Center.” (CNN, 2001)  This is a part of CNN’s coverage on the attacks on September 11, 2001 on the World Trade Center.  Read more

7/7 – The Overview

– four suicide bombers killed 52 people, injured over 770

Three struck underground trains (Russell Square, Aldgate, Edgware Road)

One struck bus (Tavistock Place)

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9/11 Reflection- Grace Srinivasiah

Before the attacks on September 11th, the American media was undeniably known for its tendency to aggrandize current events. But once these devastating attacks occurred, sending the country into a tailspin, what remained intact (and was probably further exacerbated) was the media’s sensationalism of such a horrific event. Although reports on the situation occurred on news stations 24 hours a day immediately after the attacks, the constant American press was no match for foreign news organizations, which have been hailed as being more reliable sources for coverage on the attacks than the American media. On the contrary, most major American news Read more

Immortalized Through Framing

September 11th 2001—the day our generation will never forget. This tragic event has become one of the most poignant events in the history of the USA and marks the advent of the Age of Terror as it is regarded today. Though Barnett and Reynolds attribute the true birth of terrorism to events as early as “first-century Jewish Zealots”1 who publicly assassinated religious and political figures, something about this travesty has jolted millions into a heightened sense of awareness and sensitivity to the topic. Read more

A Comparison of 9/11 Coverage: American and Middle Eastern Media

Media Bias in Reporting on September 11th and Effects on International Perception

When the Twin Towers fell, Americans saw their fellow citizens running to safety, emergency workers disappearing into clouds of smoke, and a reassuring still shot of the American flag displayed on news channels across America. American media focused on the response of emergency teams, the plight of people exposed to the tragedy, and the shock felt all over the country that America had been hit. Very little attention in the first few hours was paid to the perpetrators or the reason for their attack; sources hinted at a connection with the Middle East. “One additionally powerful and arousing series of images was shown during the first 12 hours of coverage on CNN –Palestinians celebrating in the streets of East Jerusalem (Barnett & Reynolds, 2009).” To compare the headlines of September 12th between the Middle Eastern media and the Western media; is to see radically different forecasts for the predicament of the world and most alarmingly, a framed view of the “other’. Read more

9/11 Effects On US Media And Policy

Rarely can one event change the way nearly all types of media are presented, let alone the attitudes of an entire nation, but the attacks of September 11th happened to be one of those events. Even to this day, references are made to a “pre-9/11” and “post-9/11” world, exemplifying the enormous impact the tragedy had as it is a historical landmark. In this paper, the effects of September 11th on US news media will be discussed, specifically how terrorism coverage changed the tone of the media and to an extent helped George Bush’s administration. Also, international coverage of the attacks will be addressed and contrasted to that of American coverage. Read more

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Terrorism and the Press

This blog is an integral part of a special section of Honors 394 Spring 2010, Arizona State University. Rather than a routine history course this dynamic, interactive seminar explores the interplay between terrorism and television, and other media sources on-line and in print. 26 students and their global pen pals comprise the bloggers. We welcome all to share their opinions, pertinent observations, insights, comments, feedback. Please post in a responsible manner.