The television media’s coverage of the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks showed us what the news media could, and should, be.
From ABC to MSNBC, from Fox News and CNN to the History Channel, the media’s solemn, respectful, patriotic coverage consoled, inspired, and united an embattled nation in shock.
Accounts of selfless acts of heroism punctuated the coverage of the chaos, devastation, and destruction. Hosts proclaimed their patriotism and rallied the nation around President Bush as he promised a swift and appropriate response to the attacks.
In the video, “A Tribute to the Media,” the Media Research Center honors the stellar television media coverage produced in the wake of the terrorist attacks. Coverage that brought Americans together, reminded them of their common values and ability to respond in times of crisis, and turned their focus to the task of rebuilding a nation and ensuring a safer tomorrow.
When America was down, the media stepped up. Here’s to them for that.