I was wondering how many are planning to watch the 9/11 documentary airing tonight? (on CBS at 9:00 EST)
When I first heard about the documentary, I thought it might be exploitative and sensationalistic, but I just read an article written by Peggy Noonan who writes eloquently about living in New York post 9/11, and she mentions the 9/11 documentary-- It's a long article but a very good read. Since reading this article and from others I've heard mention the program's content, I've decided to watch it and also to tape it. Here's the link to the article:
If you don't care to read the whole article, here is a quote regarding the 9/11 special:
"I have been on the subway so much because I've been going into town to witness and be part of various events. One was a screening of the CBS documentary on 9/11, which airs next week. CBS was nervous about it, though it's hard to see why. It is a respectful and affectionate look at Lucky 7, the FDNY Ladder company downtown that was among the first, if not the first, company to respond that terrible day. All of its members survived because, paradoxically, they got to the scene early. They went to the first tower that was hit, which was the second tower to fall. They milled around in the lobby. There's nothing gruesome in the documentary, no falling bodies, no people on fire. The story is told through the eyes of a "probie," a probationary fireman newly assigned to the company, and through the lens of two Frenchmen, brothers who were doing a documentary on the NYFD.
The film captures the ghost-town quality of downtown that day, with everything covered in Pompeii-like ash. It captures the lostness of the firemen massed in the lobby of the first tower, as lost as a platoon on D-Day overwhelmed with heavy fire and not knowing where anyone is or what to do. It captures one of the great strangenesses of the catastrophe, and of modern life in general. And that is that the men on the scene, in the lobby of the tower, knew less about what was going on that day than did a casual viewer of television half a world away in Taiwan. The Taiwanese anchorman had the wires, live pictures, live reports. The firemen on the scene had nothing but dead radios in their hands. They had no idea what was happening, and didn't know what to do.
It is amazing when this happens, when people a world away know what's happening 200 yards from you and you don't. But it happens in our modern, fully wired and utterly fragile world. Wires, wires everywhere, and yet when the catastrophe comes the firemen have dead radios and can't get word on what's happening."