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.
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.
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.
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.