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OP-ED: Are There Too Many 9/11 TV Specials?

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The sheer number of shows attempting to honor the attacks might unintentionally discourage overwhelmed viewers from tuning in

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Bill K (4)
Thursday September 8, 2011, 4:50 pm
the commercialization of this tragedy began within days of it occurring. why would 10 years later anyone expect the networks not to treat it like just another reality show.

patrica and edw jones (190)
Thursday September 8, 2011, 11:03 pm
Yes, we are drowning in replays of this event...... As sad as it was we do not want it in our faces day in and day out. This is a tragedy that we will NEVER forget - and we do not need the media to keep reminding us.

Susanne R (234)
Thursday September 8, 2011, 11:19 pm
I won't be discouraged from tuning in. Because I prefer quality to quantity, I'll watch the presentation that I feel will be handled most professionally and ignore the rest. By doing so, it won't matter to me personally that there are too many such "specials." Competition can be a good thing.

Rose B (141)
Friday September 9, 2011, 12:22 am

Carol H (229)
Friday September 9, 2011, 4:37 am
thanks Cal, noted

Cheree M (46)
Friday September 9, 2011, 5:12 am
Noted TY

Dee C (23)
Friday September 9, 2011, 11:13 am
Definitely for those of us personally touched by the tragic event it is very difficult..I think it is being exploited terribly so by networks looking for rating is all..

Thanks Cal..

Brittany D (28)
Friday September 9, 2011, 11:34 am
It was a horrible tragedy, buy I sometimes wish I would never hear about it again. It's been too commercialized.

Past Member (0)
Friday September 9, 2011, 11:41 am
Yes, there are too many 9/11 specials. Isn't it about time that the United States quit using 9/11 as a blank check for an ever-expanding police state at home and for spreading war wherever our leaders think they can most profit?

Dany Strakova (123)
Friday September 9, 2011, 12:21 pm
sadly it has been exploited like many tragedies! the media doesn´t care about pain, they care about how much audience and profit they are gonna get :(

Dotti L (85)
Friday September 9, 2011, 1:37 pm
Agree with you patricia and edw Jones. Seeing it on T.V. as it was happening has left an indelible imprint on my mind.

Roger Skinner (14)
Friday September 9, 2011, 2:05 pm
I don't know. It's sort of a damned if you do, damned if you don't situation. It seems like too many because nearly everyone is doing something. On the other hand, if they don't do anything, people would wonder why and question their patriotism. What is it about 10 years that seems to make this a more important interval (I won't call it an anniversary since I reserve that word for celebrations) than any other time period? Oh well, this too shall pass. Eventually, 9/11 will become a footnote in history like "Remember the Maine", "Remember the Alamo", and "Remember Pearl Harbor". Even "Remember the Holocaust" is losing its importance. I, for one, am trying avoid these so-called "specials" as I've heard enough about 9/11 over the last 10 years. It's time to watch the DVDs I've been saving for slack TV times.

Robert O (12)
Friday September 9, 2011, 3:18 pm
I don't know, I think it's important to see the footage often for what it is and in the spirit which it is intended lest we forget that day, the tragedy and those that lost their lives. I prefer the documentaries shown on PBS and those made in the year that immediately followed before everybody started jumping on the bandwagon. Sadly many people and entertainment companies are cashing in and grabbing for money as usual, but that's the way of the world. We have to overlook their greed and commercialization of the event and really see it for what it was: an attack on America that resulted in tragic loss of life and countless lives forever altered. Thanks Cal.

Roni Jo Patterson (4)
Friday September 9, 2011, 4:45 pm
I had seen enough the of the original attack. But then I had to listen to politicians throw "terror" and "terrorism" around for years. Since Bush and Cheney were so vehemently against a 9/11 events investigation makes me want a very deep and thorough investigation.

Christia F (158)
Friday September 9, 2011, 5:14 pm

Bruce Van Tassell (7)
Friday September 9, 2011, 5:22 pm
Yes I do it is only fueling more fear and hatred, it plays right into terrorist hands by keeping a nation in fear and breaking the economy with security efforts.

pam w (139)
Friday September 9, 2011, 5:25 pm
OF COURSE it was terrible--but let's get over it! Let's stop exploiting the children and widows and stop building more hysteria. Focus on the memorial and stop with the 24/7 coverage of that day!

cynthia l (207)
Friday September 9, 2011, 5:58 pm
yes, the media is self serving for ratings. This overwhelming avalanche of stories breeds fear and anxiety.
I think it's also exploiting the children.

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday September 9, 2011, 6:32 pm
Yes, there are way too many "specials" planned. I'm avoiding all TV that day--planning a day of "movies, music and food."

Tierney G (381)
Friday September 9, 2011, 9:27 pm
I really find all this distastful. We certainly do not need to be reminded of this tradgedy over and over and the poor families being bombarded with this every year!
America is not the only country on earth to have an attack happen. I guess it is because we are a young country still. We all need to move on. Tell the media vultures go home!

Diane L (110)
Friday September 9, 2011, 11:22 pm
Bill K. and the others who think it's being commercialized, get a grip! This is the worst attack ever made to this country on HER soil since Pearl Harbor. No, we can't forget and anyone who plans to "celebrate" is either unpatriotic or well, can't use those words on Care.2!

I find it very strange that there was a HUGE HOOPLA about nick-naming the mission to get Bin Laden after a Native American who also just happened to be a criminal, and hundreds of members said it was disrespectful and we should never "forget" the sacrifices made by Native Americans. Same with the Holocaust. Well, the Holocaust didn't happen on U.S. soil. We haven't forgotten, so is anyone saying this is less of a terrible time in history?

I don't think the families of the victims "do not need to be reminded" and they're probably grateful for the fact we aren't forgetting what happened, actually. If you don't want to watch anything related to 9/11, that is your individual choice, but even though I watched it LIVE 10 years ago, it's still worth watching over again, and new footage is being released all the time. We still have much to learn about other cultures and what led up to this and hopefully, how to prevent it from happening ever again.

Diane L (110)
Friday September 9, 2011, 11:26 pm
Oh, and for those who said these are just more "reality shows", how many of you actually waste time watching The Kardashians or the rest of that drivel? Who the HELL cares what some over-the-hill rock star says to his S/O or what some BIMBO who has spit out 8 kids has to say, but a moment in history that changed the entire country (the world, actually) is "just another reality show"? Really?

Donn M (56)
Saturday September 10, 2011, 12:35 am
I watched one of these shows tonight and was glad for the opportunity to do so. Watch all of them or none or somewhere in between and be thankful you have that choice. I think it would be worse to ignore the anniversary of this tragedy as if it should be forgotten or is not important enough to commemorate.

Ralph F (66)
Saturday September 10, 2011, 1:18 am
Yes. And considering almost all of the them stay clear of any of the many abnormalities prior to, during and immediately after this tragic day, we will be offered a watered-down, skewered presentation. I have yet to see a documentary talk about either General Mahmoud of the Pakistani ISI, or the "5 Dancing Israelis" who were arrested by NYC police on 9-11. If you haven't a clue what I am talking about, please use a search engine. Then read and think about the info.

Georgia L (209)
Saturday September 10, 2011, 1:52 am
I agree with Brian. Time to ramp up the fear and hate so we can continue the police state and prepare for the NEXT war that the teas salivate over. Iran.

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 10, 2011, 6:34 am
I think it should be remembered, however, EVERY year it's the same story. 1000000 of movies, documentaries, so called "new" footage, "new" truths and "new" facts, and 100000 of articles covering the same issue and questions. It's getting a bit... repetitive?

Marianna molnar woods (9)
Saturday September 10, 2011, 8:34 am

Sharon F (0)
Saturday September 10, 2011, 9:21 am
Time to grow up and move on. Think of all the human tragedy caused by the US military, e.g. drones killing innocent civilians.

No news media for me this weekend. TURN OFF TV!

Tim C (2420)
Saturday September 10, 2011, 10:18 am

Edgar Zuim (47)
Saturday September 10, 2011, 1:18 pm
Unfortunately it was a tragedy that marked humanity. Unfortunately this kind of attitude makes us remember 10 years ago.

Ellen G (0)
Saturday September 10, 2011, 1:38 pm
Yes it is a horse that has been beaten to death. What happened on 9/11 was tragic but it doesn't change the fact that more of our young men and women have died in wars that are justified by 9/11 then the attack itself did. Why doesn't media include those figures? It will continue to be reported to incite fear so more rights can be abused, more money funded for wars that benefit the war profiteers. The list is endless. More people die every year in automobile accidents but we don't have a national day of reports showing the most hideous of them all, many more die of liver disease due to alcohol use every year, again the media is silent. The times we are living in is like the twilight zone, nothing makes sense anymore. The sane are trapped in an insane reality.

Catherine Turley (192)
Saturday September 10, 2011, 2:23 pm
i think it's very telling that so many of the victims i've seen still cry as though it happened yesterday. we keep ripping open the bandage to fulfill our own needs at the expense of these people. they may even say that they want a memorial each year, but i just don't think it's healthy to be in a perpetual state of grief.

Barbara V (51)
Saturday September 10, 2011, 2:31 pm
Yes, there are. Played over and over again but with no conclusion as to who really caused it. I would appreciate it more if they would arrest the "insiders" that planned it and punish them to the full extent of the law--if not farther. They have gotten by with genocide, saw that Bin Ladin got ALL the blame instead of part of it, and they have made sure that this horrific incident will not be investigated. Ten years have passed, and people still think that illegal war, profiting the rich, was started because of terrorists. The so-called "terrorists" were right here on American soil in Washington, DC, and I'm sure people know to whom I refer.

Gloria H (88)
Saturday September 10, 2011, 3:19 pm
How many times do we have to watch the Titanic sink? What we need is progression beyond the event..attacking other countries is a bandaid. We need to analyze what role we played in attracting the attack besides the simplistic "they hate us for our money and our freedom" (freedom which we are having less and less of).What are we doing for the first responders?What are we doing for the living?Why are we now doing the killing via remote drones, targets where we dont see the whites of their eyes, but a probable enemy may just be hiding there. We will never forget. We need to learn from 9/11, not write 9/11 on the wall one hundred times and then go home. How long will it take before the stores have 9/11 day sales like memorial day sales?

Judy C (97)
Saturday September 10, 2011, 9:54 pm
Absolutely! However, I wouldn't blame those who had friends or relatives in the disaster. Also, I don't object too much if the event is placed in a context of learning something from it, as a soco-historical event, for instance.

Judy C (97)
Saturday September 10, 2011, 10:00 pm

Diane L (110)
Sunday September 11, 2011, 12:17 am
Gloria, you asked, "How many times do we have to watch the Titanic sink?" you HONESTLY think 9/11 is the same thing? Few were affected from the Titanic if they weren't onboard or had family that was. "How long will it take before the stores have 9/11 day sales like memorial day sales?"....I certainly hope NEVER! How disrespectful can one get?


Sue Matheson (79)
Sunday September 11, 2011, 8:50 am
noted with thanks.

Jim P (3257)
Sunday September 11, 2011, 12:04 pm
I saw the hit of the second tower live on TV among a few things and it was at work.

Stunned! And watch more of 9/11 in threats afterwards.

As to being too much on TV, I cannot say as I no longer have a TV to watch - give it up once Irealized there was nothing worth watching anymore...

Did participate in the 9/11 Parade in SF with a biker club along with other clubs, organizations, police, firemen until we decided after 5 years, it was time to let 9/11 go...

Ty, Cal.

Bess moore (6)
Sunday September 11, 2011, 12:45 pm
Enough is enough!! We mourn the dead!! We support the survivors!! Too much sensationalism! Too much about ratings and money!! Get on with it!! Networks trying to outdo one another! We NEED to fix this country!! MOVE ON!!!

Bess moore (6)
Sunday September 11, 2011, 12:48 pm
How many needlessly died in Bush's war? Have we ALL forgotten that?? OMG!!!

annelies j (71)
Sunday September 11, 2011, 12:51 pm
I think the last thing anyone who's lost a loved one that day during the attacks wants to see is those planes crashing into buildings and burn... Watching it the first time is sadly etched into all our brains.... We don't need to keep reliving it.
I try not relive the moment any of my loved ones died, but I want to focus on the many happy times we had together when they were still alive. No need to peel l of the scabs that are part of the heeling process.

annelies j (71)
Sunday September 11, 2011, 1:01 pm
"Healing" process is what I was trying to say. Sorry....

Azaima A (207)
Sunday September 11, 2011, 2:22 pm
blown way out of proportion . What about the BP oil spill day? Hurricane Katrina Day?

Dennis F (2)
Sunday September 11, 2011, 2:39 pm
I wasn't aware of the number number of "specials" about the 911 disaster. It's a fine line between exploiting an event and honoring those who experienced it. I'll leave that judgement up to a higher authority. Too, there's a danger of becoming inured to tragedy, but I think we need to be judiciously reminded from time-to-time about the senseless violence and suffering we're capable of inflicting.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Sunday September 11, 2011, 3:26 pm
Thanks Cal. Yes.

Dee C (23)
Sunday September 11, 2011, 3:48 pm
Diane L ..wrote
" Few were affected from the Titanic if they weren't onboard or had family that was."

Just to be clear there were 1,517 people that died on board the Titanic..And of that 1,517..I am sure they left behind many family and friends that suffered their loss.. Hardly just a few..

The real point that people are trying to make here is no one wants to see over and over again how their loved ones died on that terrible day..And that is exactly what the networks did..They were terribly insensitive and disrespectful to the victims families by showing heartless scenes that no one in their right mind would want to see if that were their loved one..And many of the families said they themselves did not watch..

There was no honor nor tribute in that..but..of course the networks don't care about that..It was all for ratings..nothing more..nothing less..

There are specific times and tragic events throughout history..that most if not all will never ever forget..And most if not all of us who has ever lost a loved one..does not ever need to see over and over how they died..That would be pretty sick if anyone did need/want to see that..

Perhaps it is you that needs to get a grip..

Ray M (0)
Sunday September 11, 2011, 8:51 pm
YES. All weekend is ridiculous. Thank goodness for movies, sports and reruns.

Diane L (110)
Sunday September 11, 2011, 11:04 pm
Dee, I believe the loss of life was more than that for the Titanic, but the point is that it was an accidental sinking of an ocean liner, NOT a terrorist attack on U.S. soil where we're supposed to feel safe. Nobody forced those people to get on that ship. One does so, or flies on a plane, at one's own risk. One shouldn't feel like they might be blown up when they go to work, or be given a choice of burning to death or jumping from a 100-story skyskraper's window.

Yes, 1517 or so lives were lost in 1916, and they're families were all affected,, but several million people didn't watch it happening LIVE.

I do believe I "have a grip", and you are very disrespectful to consider that because you feel differently about this situation, that I don't. Hope you had a good day watching football or whatever you did to "remember" or not remember. Many who lost loved ones are grateful for the tributes. I guess when you lose someone, once they're buried or cremated, it's a done deal and all over with? Some keep urns of their parents' ashes on their mantels. Others visit the gravesites regularly. Wonder if they would be grateful to find flowers from strangers there? Wonder if the descendents of those who went down with the U.S.S. Arizona resent those who visit that site in Honolulu, or resent them?

Diane L (110)
Sunday September 11, 2011, 11:41 pm
Abbe, how can you compare the BP oil spill to this? If I recall, there was no deliberate "attack" by BP on anything and human lives were not lost. As for Katrina, that was a natural disaster, again, no terrorist or deliberate ATTACK on anyone or anything. They DO keep bringing up Katrina cnstantly on the media, as a reminder that it can happen again and to be better prepared "next time".

Patricia E G (53)
Monday September 12, 2011, 1:25 am

annelies j (71)
Monday September 12, 2011, 5:46 am
Diane, you just love to wallow in sorrow, right?
I do feel so sorry for those who need millions of strangers to see and feel their pain. Time would be much better spent remembering all the happy times spent with the person when they were still alive.
When I lost my mother, now almost 2 years ago, I thought I would never recover. I held on to a few things mom wore the last days she was alive. They brought me comfort. After little over a year, those items became just that, just some clothing that was cluttering up my closet. But all the happy memories I have of mom will always and forever be with me. Part of the healing process after losing a loved one is also letting the scabs heal, and let people move on. Making everyone re-live these horrible images is just not right.

Past Member (0)
Monday September 12, 2011, 5:59 am
This isn't about Sept 11th any more. It's about our men and women dying in wars that have nothing to do with protecting our freedoms. Our troops throughout the middle east are only creating more anti-American sentiment and is the perfect recruiting tool for enlisting more and more terrorists into their ranks for every day we occupy their counties. 911 has become a sick justification for only more killing.

bin Laden is dead! It is now September 12th. It's time to bring all of the troops home and stop banging the 911 drum.

Past Member (0)
Monday September 12, 2011, 6:06 am
Some people don't want the scabs to heal, Annelies. They would rather rip those scabs off every year to justify the unjust wars.

Past Member (0)
Monday September 12, 2011, 6:23 am
A Decade After 9/11: We Are What We Loathe

'The deaths were used to justify pre-emptive war, invasion, Shock and Awe, prolonged occupation, targeted assassinations, torture, offshore penal colonies, gunning down families at checkpoints, massive aerial bombardments, drone attacks, missile strikes and the killing of dozens and soon hundreds and then thousands and later tens of thousands and finally hundreds of thousands of innocent people. We produced piles of corpses in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan, and extended the reach of our killing machine to Yemen and Somalia. And by beatifying our dead, by cementing into the national psyche fear and the imperative of permanent war, and by stoking our collective humiliation, the state carried out crimes, atrocities and killings that dwarfed anything carried out against us on 9/11.'

Dee C (23)
Monday September 12, 2011, 7:00 am
Diane..Ask a Mother/Father how it matters how their child dies..Or a sister/brother/parent..A loss of a loved one is the same regardless of how they die..The real issue here is every one of those people who lost a loved one in that horrible tragedy has suffered dearly..To have a decent tribute..honor paid to the senseless loss is one thing..But to play over and over the scenes of a body hurling down to earth from a burning building is as heartless and insensitive as anything could be..And they DON'T want to see that..

That is what most here have expressed..No one here has suggested anyone forget..or anyone "celebrate" and for you to suggest that is what anyone said is ridiculously ignorant..

As for you saying I have been "very disrespectful" Please re-read your own statement that you made above..

Diane wrote.."Bill K. and the others who think it's being commercialized, get a grip! This is the worst attack ever made to this country on HER soil since Pearl Harbor. No, we can't forget and anyone who plans to "celebrate" is either unpatriotic or well, can't use those words on Care.2!"

Perhaps it would serve you better to see your own disrespect before you wrongly accuse others of being so..

I don't watch football..or the Kardashians..not that there is anything wrong in seeing either..To each their own..unless you are someone who sits and judges everyone else for what they do and feel you are above them..Which obviously you do..

Personally..what I did yesterday was to light a candle for all of the families and say a silent prayer for those who lost their lives and for the families they left behind to grieve..And then I quietly spent some time in outside with nature..just being grateful for the gift of life and for all of my loved one..both here and those who are gone..and those gone are forever in my heart..
Not that it is any of your business what I did,,but I choose to do that instead of sitting on my butt watching the repeated scenes of those who died so horribly..I did not need to see fear and such profound heartache on the faces of families and friends..Seeing it all the day it happened is forever there in my mind and in my heart.. No I would not feed into the networks that sadly EXPLOITED such a painful and horrible event..over and over and over for over a week now..
Not sure what anyone could learn from that..but certainly nothing I am interested in..


Dee C (23)
Monday September 12, 2011, 7:03 am
You cannot currently send a star to annelies because you have done so within the last week.


annelies j (71)
Monday September 12, 2011, 10:12 am
I was just trying to send you more green stars to, Dee! Excellent post up above this one!

Diane L (110)
Tuesday September 13, 2011, 4:11 am
Wrong, Dee. I disrespect those who are disrespectful of others, and that's it. I disrespected ONLY those opinions which come across as judgemental and certainly not disrespecting the victims of 9/11 or their families. On the other hand, your comment about "sitting on one's butt" was VERY disrespectful! OMG, you lit a damned candle. Good for you. Do you now feel like you've cleared your conscience or condoned yourself?

I spent the day watching football AND the memorial services and with friends, and we hugged each other, cried and gave thanks that we're all still here. We gave THANKS for the fact we live in this country and have the freedom to do what we had just done and that hopefully, this will never happen again and we can continue to gather in a bar & grill, watch football and have a burger next year and not fear being blown up by those who resent US having that choice.

Diane L (110)
Tuesday September 13, 2011, 4:19 am
Hi Cal,

annelies J.. left a comment on the following article:

OP-ED: Are there too many 9/11 TV specials?

The sheer number of shows attempting to honor the attacks might unintentionally discourage overwhelmed viewers from tuning in


"Diane, you just love to wallow in sorrow, right? ".....Annalies, who is "wallowing in sorrow"? I'm not. I didn't lose anyone in the WTC. bit as an American, yes, I'm remembering a tragic evnt, same as I remember very clearly when JFK was assassinated. Why would you accuse me of wallowing in sorrow because I don't think there is too much media attention given to the 10th "anniversary" of a very horrific thing? Do you accuse Native Americans of having their ancestors "massacred"? Do you accuse the Jews of "wallowing in sorrow" if they want the Holocuast remembered?

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Tuesday September 13, 2011, 5:35 am
When I first read about it, I thought it was a hoax, like Orson Wells' "War of the Worlds". I switched off the computer and went to sleep. The next morning it was on all the news and everyone talked about it. It was horrible.

Aletta Kraan (146)
Tuesday September 13, 2011, 7:18 pm
Too many times !

cassandra toney (28)
Thursday September 15, 2011, 10:43 pm
too will go on for a long time,we were bombarded with the news,but that's the media for ya...they go on and on and was a terrible tragedy,no doubt about it.... it was to pay tribute to the deceased. has been 10 years that's why
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