The Bob Cesca Show: Smarter Moles

sagehen9/11/2018 7:24:35 pm PDT

re: #186 Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel

I have never mentioned this before for fear of being misunderstood, but one thing I remember about 9-11 was thinking that people needed to calm the fuck down. It was a terrible thing, but still just a terrorist attack, a criminal act. Our economic infrastructure, military capability, and most of the population were not substantially affected. In tangible effects, it was not in the same class as events like the Tokyo firebombing or the First Day on the Somme or, for that matter, the Flu pandemic of 1918. The death toll was smaller than the Battle of An Loc, in which I had personally participated. There would be war, but no rationing, no conversion of industry, no defensive mining of harbors, and no draft.
I think the media milked it for all the marketable pathos they could conjure up and I know that loved ones of some of the victims see it the same way. The Bush gang saw it as a heaven sent opportunity to mute critics, force their agenda on the world, and enrich their clients. They are still at it.

You can’t discount what a difference it makes that NYC is NYC.

All the networks are headquartered here; they could film it from their own windows. And all the on-air personalities had personal friends and neighbors downtown, their kids went to school with people whose parents work at WTC. Lots of media people live downtown, where they could smell the fires. Jon Stewart, among others, had to move out of his apartment for more than 6 months until the toxic dust could be cleaned out of the place (and had to replace pretty much all the contents of his home).

Hurricane Maria killed and dislocated just as many people, but they weren’t New Yorkers so it gets way less attention.