Simran Sandhu Per.2

Background of 9/11

On September 11,2001 19 militants from the Islamic extremist group, Al-Qaeda, and orchestrated a series of 4 plane hijacks, and conducted suicide attacks across the United States. Two of the planes hit the two world trade centers, one of the planes hit the pentagon, and the last plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. These attacks are referred to as 9/11, because of the date of the attacks, and resulted in over 3,000 deaths. (History, Page 1, 2001)

Perspective #1

The American media portrayed the event as a time for unity for the nation. They emphasized the brutality of the event, and it resulted in the President taking immediate action. The American media explained how these terrorists feel that they can destroy our morale through these attacks. However, the nation has never been more unified than through these events. The repeated coverage of the destruction of the attacks brought anger in Americans, and prompted for the war shortly after.

Perspective #2

The Global media portrayed the event as a time that calls for support for America. They focused more on Al Qaeda, and their leader Osama Bin Laden. They emphasized the international threat of this extremist group, and the destruction they can bring. The global media made this into a learning opportunity to increase protection and securities to each nation around the world. Their coverage resulted in many countries assuring America that they have their support.

Media Bias Explained

The media bias primarily consisted of the unconditional support of the United States. The media coverage stated little to nothing over what the Americans may have done to provoke this attack. The media completely destroyed any chance of support that the Al-Qaeda group may have had. As an American, I completely support this American Bias, because ultimately it shouldn't matter of the motive behind this Islamic group, but instead focus on the fact that they should be destroyed and punishment of this group/supporters must be severe.

Criticism #1

Marxist criticism is one way this tragic event can be examined under. The terrorists motive for 9/11 was to instill fear in the American people. Instilling fear would then give them more power and make it easier to conduct more attacks in the future. However, instead of fear, the American people responded with anger, resulting with the Al-Qaeda group having to hide and seek refuge. This marxist criticism perception is one that deals through power/territory.

Criticism #2

Cultural criticism is another way this tragic even can be examined under. The Middle Eastern culture has been known to consist of extreme violence. There are attacks/bombings happening there almost everyday. The American Culture isn't known for exerting violent attacks like these, but instead solving problems through a diplomatic approach. This cultural criticism perception is one that deals with the two culture's way of resolving a problem.
9/11~September 11th 2001-Attack on the World || Trade Center


1) History.com Staff. "9/11 Attacks." History.com. A&E Television Networks, 2010. Web. 03 May 2016.

2)Bergen, Peter L. "September 11 Attacks." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 03 May 2016.