September 22, 2001

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Saturday, September 22, 2001


This week on On the Media: how did the media handle the first 48 hours of coverage following September 11th? That, plus the international reaction to the attacks and Will Ferrell on what comedy is appropriate following the attacks.

The First 48 Hours

On the Media’s producer at large Mike Pesca reviews the first two days of coverage after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.


What the Press Isn’t Covering

Bob interviews Scott Shugar of Slate Magazine, who says that while reporters have been all over the details of the disaster, they’ve missed some key parts of the story.


International Papers

Bob speaks to Martin Walker of UPI International about what the European papers are saying about the attacks, and America’s response to them.


Like a Movie

As the witnesses ran from the smoke and the debris, they told reporters it was like a movie. Brooke reports on how Hollywood has created a common vocabulary for describing mayhem, and what the movie industry plans to do in the wake of the toppling of the World Trade Center.


Will Ferrell

Saturday Night Live cast member Will Ferrell describes to Brooke the quandary the SNL players are in, as they try to discern what is appropriate fodder for humor.


Max Robbins

Brooke talks to tv guide columnist Max Robbins about how the rest of the TV industry is answering the question of what the public wants and doesn’t want to see.


War in the Headlines

USA Today’s Page One editor, David Colton, tells Brooke why the paper chose to go with the headline Acts of War a day before the President used the word.


Words and the President

Slate Magazine’s Tim Noah tells Bob that when President Bush spoke off the cuff, in the first days of the crisis, he used some phrases that had unintended negative consequences. However, the speech he delivered on Thursday may have compensated for his earlier missteps.


Los Angeles Time’s Critic Condemned

L.A. Times TV critic Howard Rosenberg wrote a columnist mildly critical of the President’s TV performance, that generated 900 emails of condemnation. Most of the critics questioned Rosenberg’s patriotism. Rosenberg tells Brooke why he has second thoughts about the timing of that column.


Final Assessment

Bob’s thoughts on the good, the bad, and the ugly in the coverage of the crisis so far, and what to look out for in the media, as the country prepares for a long campaign.


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