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9/11 Narrative

A new video montage of live news reports broadcast between 9:02 and 9:03 a.m. on 11 September 2001 captures the first utterances of rhetoric that define the 9/11 narrative.

“In an online video montage called ‘September 11, 2001—As It Happened—The South Tower Attack,’ the voices say, ‘Oh, my God.’ They say, ‘Oh, my goodness’ and ‘Oh, my word’ and ‘Terrible!’ … The video is now included in ‘Rhetoric of 9/11,’ a special exhibition of the online speech archive American Rhetoric, an immersive site produced by Michael Eidenmuller, a rhetoric connoisseur and professor at the University of Texas at Tyler. The montage is billed as an excerpt from a hard-to-find DVD called ‘September 11, 2001—As It Happened—A Composite’; it shows heavily edited clips mainly from telecasts that appeared in New York City from 9:02 to 9:03 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001.”


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