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Republicans Air Graphic 9/11 Video at RNC

Should Graphic 9/11 Footage Be Off-Limits in Partisan Context?

While watching the Republican National Convention last night, disturbing images of September 11 put a pit in my stomach. Around 8:40 p.m. EDT, the RNC aired a video that included slow-motion footage of a plane striking the WTC, the towers' collapses, and images of a burning Pentagon, while a narrator conjured up memories of bodies falling from buildings. Even more, the 9/11 tribute video opened with a reference to Iran. The horrific images undoubtedly upset every American, but it left me wondering if the Republican National Convention was the proper time to evoke those painful memories.

The Boston Globe noted that running 9/11 graphic images in a partisan context "was one of the few surviving campaign-season taboos." Keith Olbermann actually apologized to viewers, saying that it was probably not appropriate for MSNBC to show the video.

Supporters of the video could argue that America needs to get real about threats and get real about which president will keep them safe from the threats. The narrator of the video furthers that point saying, "and for too long we've looked the other way. But the enemy is wrong. This is a war America will win. We'll have a president who knows how."

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Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
"Girrl I was out tillin my forty acres with my new mule." :rotfl:
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
BTW, thanks for the acknowledgement re top talker. :)
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
"The only purpose all that violent imagery served was to fortify the idea that military is the answer to our problems and only one who has served in the military can there for protect us, which is simply untrue." I don't think the RNC thinks that the military is the only way we can protect our nation, but we can't go back to the "Clinton" style of dealing with militant fanatics, which was to ignore them, as that didn't work out for us at all.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
You coming in late and you're one of the top UnDave you're slackin. Look as for the RNC's tribute to 9/11 there is no doubt in my mind that every person that worked on that tribute from the campaign staff who thought it up to the producers who created it have a sincere sorrow in their hearts about what happened on that day. However, they have a job to do and that is to nudge our collective ideology as close to RNC points of view as possible. Using the facade of tribute and flying their propaganda under the radar they piggy backed what would have otherwise been a most sincere tribute with RNC propaganda. The amount of violent images was as I said unnecessary to pay a fine tribute. The only purpose all that violent imagery served was to fortify the idea that military is the answer to our problems and only one who has served in the military can there for protect us, which is simply untrue.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I know I'm coming to this very late. Why can't the RNC have a 9/11 tribute? Are we saying that this horrible event shouldn't be shown, lest everyone remember how we felt just before, and immediately after? Should we all just forget that whether we like it or not, there are people around the world that want us dead, and not because we did anything wrong, but because we don't share the same religious views? Dispicable.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
LOL! Girrl I was out tillin my forty acres with my new mule.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
Ooh, cause I haven't seen much from you since the slavery apology.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
I've been moving for two weeks straight. First packing at home and the office, moving home and office on the same weekend and now unpacking home and office all this week. Finally got home straight won't be finished with the office until middle of next week. Sounds like a good excuse for a nice long therapeutic massage.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
Where ya been hypno?
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
The RNC has every right to play a 9/11 tribute video. However given the consistent major theme of the RNC which is (the world is out to get us and we are the only ones who can protect you) they have definitely played the wild card with this one. Come on are we really going to kid our selves and think that these professional campaigners didn't sit around in a circle brain storming and not take into consideration the beneficial consequence of playing to peoples fears when choosing to produce the video? Look at the way it way it was crafted. Showing the impact explosion and the collapse that was not necessary for a tribute but the tribute is what gave them license to take it there. IMO this was nothing more than a tribute to destruction and violence. If they wanted to pay tribute to the victims showing ground zero in its present state and even before the attack and the other monuments and focusing more on the victims in general would have been a genuine tribute. This video is packed with nothing more than violence and destruction which shades the line between tribute in this instance and propaganda.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
Hurray for the Community Organizers!!!
maeve maeve 8 years
And mind you, if the Republicans want to wrap themselves in 9/11 and "Never forget" then why did they fail to pass any substantive legislation in the 7 years they controlled Congress to provide health care for the first responders who are dying and have terminal illnesses from working there? After Christie Tood Whitman (cough, cough, Republican) then head of the EPA assured NYers that air was perfectly safe? If the Republicans want to roll out the issue, they should put their money where their mouths are. Instead, I'm sure some "community organizers" will have to get together and fight for what these heroes deserve.
maeve maeve 8 years
I think there's a fundamental difference between using Katrina footage and 9/11 footage. Katrina is directly related to the government's utter failure to respond appropriately to a natural disaster.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
sorry at that time my son was not born yet but i had two girls when this occured
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I don't think the topic of 9/11 should be banned or considered taboo or off-limits by any means. If that's what any given politician wants to work with, then that's their choice during the campaign. But it bothers me extremely to see 9/11, and references to it, used in a way that is obviously very exploitative of the tragedy and very emotionally manipulative. I'm looking at YOU, Rudy "A Noun, A Verb, and 9/11" Giuliani.
stiletta stiletta 8 years
I think it's fair to use 9/11 as a symbol. A symbol of what we face by those who wish to do us harm. PinkPrincess, I agree with you in that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11, however, as a strategic decision, it was necessary. After 9/11, we had to establish a military presence in the Middle East and Iraq was the best choice. Also, Al Qaeda is now dealing with a US force right in its back yard and is on the defensive in Afghanistan AND Iraq. Reminding the American people what we face and the lengths our enemies will go to destroy us and the fact that the Republican president and congress went on the offensive is, I think, worth reminding the American people.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
When the video came on I was like "seriously". I truly did not need to see that video, like everybody else said I've seen it and I clearly remember it. And yes I think a Katrina is completely different, you probably won't see a video of people dying. You'll see a video of people stuck on their houses and stuck in a stadium with out help for three days. I thought the 9/11 video was completely inappropriate, mentioning it is fine.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
as a US citizen who lives opposite of new york i do not need to relive that horrific event and I'm in texas can you imagine the people it hit home with, i remember my husband then being in korea the thought of him being deployed was horrific(with three young children one with special needs and a baby)and i understand that is the possibility of enlisting, and i was all for it when we were fighting a war against the bastards that attacked us, but when you send soldiers to invade a country that didn't attack us is not acceptable and that is why that moron needs to be impeached
outtajo outtajo 8 years
If by "off-limits" you mean formally prohibited - absolutely not. People have the right to free speech and that's that. If you mean "off-limits" as in, "Anyone with a bit of common decency knows better and refrains," then absolutely. I found it completely lacking in taste. To the argument that we need reminders of the violence our country suffered and/or "everyone's already seen it" so why does it matter? That's exactly why it matters - we don't need to see footage of the event itself. I'm pretty sure we all f-ing remember. And everyone's already seen it - and had it burned pretty well into their brain - a thousand other times. So what's the point in showing it again? Particularly as a tactic for "rallying the troops" and winning an election? Self-gain and promotion at the expense of the lives of others. I also don't see how showing video of the murder of thousands can be labeled a "tribute video." The whole thing left me infuriated.
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
Yes, frankly, it's disgusting, immoral, despicable, and makes me never EVER want to listen to what whoever's using 9/11 footage has got to say. How horrifying. I'm also offended as a New Yorker. These people deride our city all the time, maybe they get a perverse pleasure out of watching New Yorkers die...
stephley stephley 8 years
We started two wars after 9/11 - most of the country now labels Iraq a mistake and admit that it had no connection to al-Qaeda. We once had the Taliban on the ropes in Afghanistan, then got distracted and gave them enough time to stage a comeback Are the republicans suggesting that seven years after the fact they now intend to launch some new, now reasonable, military action in response to 9/11?
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Saying Obama wants to befriend terrorists and have tea parties with them doesn't strike me as a particularly accurate summary of his views. But I also don't see how agreeing to have a conversation with someone is so controversial. It doesn't remove the option of using military force if the conversation doesn't go well. It seems more reasonable to me than the current policy of "Shoot first, ask if there were WMDs later."
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
This is for you Rabid. "What did you do with my ice cream?!" :wave: I have to go now.
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
Lain you said it better than me. Eveyone is a better commenter. I should just go back to cheerleading. :(
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 8 years
Should it be off-limits: No. Is it useful and effective: Probably not. However, this year's new voters were about 11 years old at the time of 9/11, and a lot of other people seem to have forgotten it. Peace through strength, people. Not everyone in the world is as kind and gentle as we think. Obama's tea parties with terrorists just aren't going to work. His unrealistic expectations in this regard are one of the scarier aspects of his world view.
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