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Bob reads from a few of your letters and comments.
Jim James - All Is Forgiven
I came here to post this message immediately after I heard Bob Garfield use the calendar date September 11th to refer to events that occurred in New York, New York, Arlington, Virginia, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania on that date in 2001 involving airplanes and killers. I wish Bob Garfield and other broadcasters and writers would quit using the calendar date by itself in reference to those events. Continuing to do so gives the date a sad and unnecessary meaning when it should really be viewed as an ordinary calender date. Terrible events have happened on every calendar date, even December 25th. For many folks, the eleventh day of September in 2001 was just an ordinary day; the events that occurred on that day in 2001 could have happened on any other date. I believe the reason news broadcasters and writers continued to use the date September 11th in reference to the series of events that occurred on that date in 2001 immediately after they they occurred was because its short form "9/11" (I don't like that reference to the events of September 11th, 2001 either) reminded someone of the combination of telephone numbers commonly used for emergencies and the fact that the series of events was a big emergency. The broadcasters and writers who followed the trend started by this person should have avoided it and referred to the events by describing them and used the calendar date and the year for which the events occurred upon whenever they they needed.
"...we will behave as most important news organizations do when they miss important stories, we will act like the events never occurred."
...and then wonder why the public prefers not to waste money paying for what the politicized news media is cynically promoting, demonizing or ignoring and calling it news.
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