By- Preet Kaur


On September 11, 2001, four passenger airplanes were hijacked by the terrorist organization known as Al-Qaeda. American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the north and south towers of the world trade center. The third airplane, American Airlines Flight 77, crashed into the Pentagon headquarters of the United States Department of Defense. The fourth and final plane, United Airlines 93, was heading towards Washington, D.C. but was taken down into a field in Pennsylvania thanks to the heroic actions from the passengers aboard. Osama Bin Laden was the leader of Al- Qaeda and the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks. Bin Laden had a significant hatred for the United States because he was enraged that Americans were in Saudi Arabia; this is why he issued attacks on America. He issued a fatwa ( religious edict or command) for all Muslims to kill Americans.
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Perspective #1 media portrayed event

Dozens of witnesses saw an airplane hit the Pentagon Headquarters building. Some news channels insist there is evidence that a missile or a different type of a plane crashed into the Pentagon. Two holes were visible in the Pentagon immediately after the attack as the devastating videos showed. The first being a 75 foot wide entry hole in the building's exterior wall and the other a 16 feet wide hole in the middle ring. Media brought up the questions claiming both holes are far too small to have been made by Boeing 757.

Perspective #2 media portrayed event

News channels like CBS and others claimed that President Bush was behind the attacks on 9/11. Bush was warned months before that members of a terrorist network might hijack a number of commercial airplanes. Government agencies were warned as well, but the public was not. There are also theories that Bush let the attacks happen because he wanted to invade Iraq.

Media bias explained

The media is a form of propaganda. During the coverage of 9/11, networks such as ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and MSNBC were displaying the news with a liberal perspective. They questioned the attacks as well as the theories behind them. Channels like Fox News were conservative and displayed messages of anti-terrorism. They took President Bush's side in their reports. The media industry was more concerned with providing top headlines before their competitors rather than reporting the truth.
9/11: A Timeline of Events on September 11, 2011| History

Criticism #1

After 9/11 Muslim people who follow their culture and dress in religious clothes are more likely to be stopped for extra screening at the airport. This means that they are subjected to be a person who appears as a risk or threat. Muslims are not the only ones who are stopped for extra security check up. Sikhs with turbans are usually stopped as well. Simply for wearing a turban which is believed to be a sign of terrorism. Before 9/11 no such thing as islamophobia existed.

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In historical terms of war casualties, 9/11 was a big attack . The terrorists tried to attack America before 9/11 as well. On January 1993, a Pakistani Muslim fired an AK-47 directly into traffic waiting to enter CIA headquarters in Lagley, Virginia, which killed two CIA employees. In addition, on February 26, 1993, Islamic terrorists attempted to bring down the World Trade Center towers by detonating truck bombs in an underground garage located beneath the skyscrapers. The attack failed but six people were killed.
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Edurado Munoz, Page 5 ( September 11, 2015) 9/11 Remembrance.http://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/911-remembrances-2015/