Friday, September 11, 2009

September 11th

We would be remiss if we didn't pay proper respect to today's anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attack on the United States. Rather than play the much-viewed footage again -- though I believe that it should be watched every so often, just so it is remembered in all its stark brutality -- I think the following video is perfect for The Flaming Nose. It's footage recorded by YouTube user FlyByNightVideo who was watching DirecTV that day, as he/she channel-switched up the dial to see what everybody was doing, just after 2pm Eastern time. I know that's what I was doing all day, too.

It's easy to understand that networks who had access to news reports from sister channels switched immediately to that coverage, and some other networks, lacking that, merely suspended regular programming. Those that didn't...that's a little more disturbing. No doubt they were simply caught with no contingency plans, but it is rather awful to watch incongruous comedy shows and sports going on as if nothing had happened.

I also highly recommend watching some of the many collections of 9/11 footage available on YouTube, and of course a visit to the National September 11th Memorial and Museum, whether in person or online, is always appropriate.

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