It began Friday. No, it actually began the week leading up to 9/11 with the constant hype of the upcoming 9/11 coverage on the cable channels. I believe there may have been some short pieces on the actual events.
As 9/11 drew closer and short pieces became more frequent and the commercials became more numerous. By Friday 9/11 had completely taken over cable news. It seemed that Saturday would be nothing but 9/11 retrospectives on all of cable new and much of the other channels. What happened in 2001, what would happen in 2011, and what everything meant was all on TV. This was interspaced by coverage of certain pre-9/11 events.
Fortunately there was the terrorist threat supposedly targeting New York or Washington. We were treated to a never ending line of terrorist experts talking about the meaning and possible outcomes of this threat. We were treated to pictures and stories of police on high alert. The terrorist story soon became more tiresome than the 9/11 coverage.
Finally 9/11 arrived. Predictably, TV was dominated by history of 9/11 in the morning until coverage could turn to celebrations and memorials of the day. It is now 22:00, and I have “Killing Bin Laden” on the Travel Channel. Discover, History and all the news channels have been non-stop 9/11. Fortunately some of the first 13 channels had NFL on today and college football on yesterday. Otherwise it would have been almost all 9/11. Hopefully things will get back to normal on Monday.
It’s not that 9/11 doesn’t deserve coverage and recognition. It does. But this nearly three days of an orgy of buildings blowing up was a bit much. Everyone knows the story. In fact most people remember it. It reminded me of the Hurricane Irene hysteria.