Something is Missing
I'm sure bloggers from all around have picked up on this, but I just wanted to voice my concern: I find it very disturbing that the New York Times chose not to run any 911-related stories on its front-page today, of all days, this being the seventh anniversary of the horrible terrorist attacks.
I wonder if this is just the case with the 'Washington Edition' of the NYT that I picked up this morning (...and why would they do this to the city that suffered the Pentagon attack?), but I have a feeling that the front-page of the paper would be the same for all its editions.
For a newspaper that is published from that wounded city to relegate the memory of this event to its backpages, especially on a light news day (...the main image is that of the flooding in Haiti), is something beyond shameless. It is almost malicious.
I'm sure there was an editorial discussion about this, and I challenge the NYT to release minutes of that meeting in which they decided to skip over 911. I want to read what rationale those editors stood behind when going forward with this crass move.
I'm not an American, and I'm very offended. I wonder how the families that were hurt on that day will react to this omission; what shudders will go through their souls as they throw a passing glance at this soulless front-page, perched as it may be on newstands or lying across subway seats, as they hurry off to memorial services.
What interest does the NYT have in gradually eroding the sharpened American resolve that was brought about by 911? Is this a suble pro-Obama elections thing?
Did those editors not see the polls that say that large pluralities in Western Europe (WESTERN BLOODY EUROPE!) don't believe that Al-Qaeda was behind the attacks, even though Al-Qaeda has repeatedly said, and demonstrated, that they did in deed pull off the attacks? Europe's disbelief has a lot to do with a low opinion of America bred out of envy and resentment, and in some ways many Europeans would like to think that America purposely did this to itself.
And then America's leading newspaper comes along today and doesn't even address the ignorance, or rather the malevolence, of how those Europeans choose to remember 911. But hey, hundreds of thousands cheering Obama in Berlin makes for great front-page spreads, and polls suggesting that Western European audiences are solidly behind Obama are interpreted as good advice from across the pond.
Can someone tell me what's wrong with this picture?