With the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2011 terrorist attacks on the United States just days away, a new website provides an unfiltered look back at how television covered this seminal moment in U.S. history.
The Internet Archive, a California-based organization that collects audio, video, and web pages for historical purposes, has put together a television news archive of that day’s coverage.
More than 20 channels were recorded, with more than 3,000 hours of television. Besides major U.S. networks like ABC, CBS, CNN, and NBC, the Internet Archive has posted online TV recordings from Moscow, Paris, London, Baghdad, Tokyo, Ottawa, and elsewhere.
The material is valuable to researchers and educators, but the Internet Archive wanted to make it easy to use so the general public can go back and see what that day was like, said Brewster Kahle, the organization’s director.
“It is one of the top four or five events that have happened on television,” Kahle said. “You can think of putting a man on the moon, the Watergate hearings, the Kennedy assassination. I’m hopeful that people will come to this and make their own decisions about how they want to think about it, as opposed to politicians who have been pushing and pulling the event for years.”