What We Saw

How September 11 looked on TV

I usually avoid the vice of early morning TV. I listen to the radio, which has become, by default, the generally preferred intellectual medium, providing more information per minute more densely, stripped as it is of the crutch of visual images. But, unfortunately, some visual images are the story.

On September 11, shortly after 8 a.m. in the Midwest, a sonorous male voice during NPR’s "Morning Edition" said, rather hesitantly, "...

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About the Author

William O’Rourke’s most recent book is Campaign America 2000: The View from the Couch (Preview Port Editions). He is professor of English at the University of Notre Dame and a weekly political columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times.