Edition, September 26, 2001, Page 1
RA PITCHES REBUILD THE TOWERS
Rubenstein Assocs., New York, represents Larry Silverstein's
Silverstein Properties, the firm that holds the lease on
the World Trade Center complex. He has vowed to rebuild
the four 50-story towers at the site. Silverstein believes
the site must be re-developed as a sign of defiance of the
RA's Steve Solomon handles the account with Howard Rubenstein.
Solomon told this NL he is "trying to be as sensitive
as possible" in pitching the rebuilding story. Solomon,
a 38-year PR veteran, said he's never seen a story with
so much media "pop."
A CNN poll finds support for rebuilding the Twin Towers
as they stood. More than half of the respondents (51 percent)
agree that the buildings should go back up. Support for
a memorial is at 19 percent, while 17 percent want an open
green space and 12 percent want a scaled back office complex.
SP and Westfield Americas agreed to a 99-year lease on
the Twin Towers and other buildings on the WTC site last
April. The $3.2 billion lease with the Port Authority of
New York & New Jersey was the biggest real estate transaction
in New York City history.
AIR TRANSPORT ASSN. HIRES
B-M FOR ADS
The Air Transport Assn. turned to Burson-Marsteller to
develop its issue ads in wake of the terror attacks Sept.
The group won Congressional approval for a $15 billion
rescue package consisting of cash and loan guarantees for
the airline industry, which is collapsing following the
terror attacks. The airlines are said to be losing $200M
a day because of disruption in air traffic, and the public's
general unwillingness to fly.
American Airlines, which is B-M's client, and United Airlines
each announced layoffs of 20,000 people, bringing total
industry layoffs to the 100,000 mark since the Sept. 11
America West Chairman Doug Parker has warned that his
carrier faces bankruptcy if Congress does not approve the
rescue package. Wall Street analysts predict that Continental
and US Airways could follow suit. The ATA represents carriers
with a combined 700,000 work force.
B-M's aviation and transportation group is based in its
Washington, D.C., office. The firm, in May, added Chris
Chiames, who worked at the ATA and American Airlines, and
Matt Triaca, a United Airlines veteran, to the group.
MWW SAYS SIKHS ARE NOT MUSLIMS
MWW Group is getting the word out that turban-wearing
Sikhs are not Muslims, according to Bob Sommer, EVP at the
firm, who handles the account.
There have been acts of prejudice against Sikhs in the
U.S. in the aftermath of the World Trade Center and Pentagon
attacks. There are 400,000 Sikhs in North America.
A Sikh group in New Jersey, according to Sommer, hired
the firm to launch a national PR campaign to educate Americans
about the religion that was founded in India more than 500
"Some Americans, reeling in anger from the events
and seeking an outlet for that anger, are confusing turbans
worn by the Taliban and bin Ladin and his followers in the
Middle East with the turbans worn by Sikhs in America,"
according to Sikh.Net.
It says the group shares "no political, religious,
cultural or social links" to Osama bin Laden's followers.
Sommer said MWW's message to the media is that hate attacks
have been launched against a number of groups in the U.S.,
not just Sikhs. He also handles PR for another MWW client,
the persecuted Falun Gong group, which is being hounded
by the Government of China.
On the WTC relief front, MWW volunteers handed out food
to rescue workers at a McDonald's restaurant that was two
blocks from Ground Zero.
McDonald's Tri-State Restaurants is a client of the Golin/Harris
BOEING LANDS AT APCO
APCO Worldwide is lobbying for Boeing on "regulatory
and safety issues" for commercial aircraft, according
to its Lobbying Disclosure Act filing.
The Chicago-based aircraft maker said on Sept. 18 that
it may lay off 30,000 or nearly 30 percent of its workers
because of the recent terror attacks.
Alan Mulally, president of Boeing's commercial aircraft
unit, said both domestic and international airlines "are
going to need substantially fewer planes" than they
were forecasting before the terror strikes.
Peter Goelz, APCO's senior VP/worldwide crisis management,
handles the Boeing account.
Omnicom is donating
$3 million to The Twin Towers Fund established to
help the families of firefighters, police and emergency
medical workers who lost their lives in the World Trade
Center terror attack.
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CANTOR FITZGERALD TURNS TO
Edelman PR Worldwide is helping Cantor Fitzgerald rebound
from the devastating loss it suffered when a hijacked jet
crashed into the World Trade Center, according to Richard
Mahony, executive VP in the firm's financial group.
CF had more than 1,000 staffers at One WTC located on
the building's 101st and 103-105 floors. More than 700 are
still missing and presumed dead.
Mahony said Edelman coordinated its initial response to
the tragedy with CF's London office because it was impossible
to communicate with the WTC site.
He said about 50 Edelman staffers donated their time to
staff bereavement centers established at the Plaza and Pierre
Hotels in New York for families of the missing people.
CF CEO Howard Lutnick, who lost his brother in the tragedy,
emerged as the top spokesman for the firm, appearing on
the three TV networks and with Larry King on CNN. His overall
message was that the firm must go on to support the families
CF, noted Mahony, has promised that 25 percent of its
future profits will go to the families of those who died.
The financial services firm has listed on its website
the names of survivors, and the dates and directions to
memorial services for those who were lost.
The British Government has agreed to provide tickets for
two to New York, and three nights free lodging to its citizens
who had relatives killed in the WTC. They also are promised
a meeting with Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Edelman's crisis team for CF includes Matthew Harrington,
New York, president; Hollis Rafkin-Sax, general manager
of the financial services group, and media contacts Jeff
Siegel, Mike Holloway and Claire Corrie.
Hill and Knowlton
named David Langston as senior managing director of its
national employee communications. The former creative director
in Burson-Marsteller's New York office had been running
his own firm.
PAKISTAN RETAINS EX-REP.
Former Texas Rep. Charlie Wilson is representing Pakistan,
which is the focus of President Bush's effort to press neighboring
Afghanistan to give up Osama bin Laden.
The Democrat is receiving $30,000 a month for advising
Pakistan on matters regarding its national security.
A Wilson aide told this NL that the former Congressman
is very involved with the fallout from the Pentagon and
World Trade Center attacks.
The Naval Academy graduate made his mark in Congress as
a champion of the Mujaheddin, which kicked the Soviet Union
out of Afghanistan in the 1980s.
As head of the Appropriations Defense subcommittee, he
traveled 14 times to Afghanistan and Pakistan during the
1980s, and sponsored secret U.S. appropriations for the
Afghan rebel forces in 1982.
The Mujaheddin was ultimately kicked out of government
by the Taliban.
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are the only governments to
recognize the Taliban as the rightful rulers of Afghanistan.
Wilson reports to Pakistan's Ambassador to the U.S., Maleeha
Lodhi, who once edited The News, the country's leading
English-language daily paper.
BAYER ON VERGE OF PR DECISION
Bayer A.G. said it expects to make a decision shortly
on PR counsel as the company faces a financial backlash
from its decision to pull a popular cholesterol-reducing
drug last month.
"We're considering our PR counsel but haven't made
a definite decision yet," Ellena Friedman, communications
director for Bayer, told this NL.
Bayer voluntarily withdrew Baycol in early August after
it was deemed responsible for over 50 deaths worldwide.
The drug, Bayer said, causes muscle cell damage when combined
with another drug which lowers blood triglycerides.
The removal of Baycol has caused a flurry of suits against
Bayer, which the company says are unfounded.
The Food and Drug Administration approved Baycol for use
in the U.S. in 1997.
Bayer has also delayed its listing on the New York Stock
Exchange, which was scheduled for Sept. 26, until the beginning
of February 2002.
Bayer has used Edelman PR Worldwide, and Manning, Selvage
SHELP BECOMES ANNE MCBRIDE
PR veteran Ron Shelp was so impressed with the IR work
that Anne McBride Co. did for his client, MIM Co., that
he joined the New York-based IR firm as its chairman.
MIM, a pharmaceutical healthcare management company, is
highlighted on AMC's website as one of its success stories.
Shelp, who had been running his own consulting firm, added
that he's known "Anne McBride for a long time"
and has great respect for the work her firm has done for
Prior to setting up Kent Global Strategies in 1996, Shelp
held communications posts at American International Group,
Hoeschst Celanese Corp. and Burson-Marsteller. He was B-M's
vice chairman and a member of its New York executive committee.
Shelp also has toted up extensive non-profit experience.
He was president of the New York Chamber of Commerce and
the New York Partnership, where he coordinated the activities
of the leaders of 200 businesses, civic, cultural and educational
The Anne McBride Co. serves clients in 25 countries including
Copamex, a Mexican paper company, and CEMIG, Latin America's
largest energy distributor.
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TO TV FOR NEWS
More than 80% of Americans relied primarily
on TV for coverage of the recent terrorist attacks and their
aftermath, according to The Pew Internet & American
NBC, ABC and CBS led the list among the 77
million viewers who turned to TV news on Tuesday (Sept.
11) and 55 million on Wednesday (Sept. 12). CNN was No.
1 on cable.
The Pew report shows:
-81% of the public got their information
-11% got most of their information from radio
-Only 3% of Internet users got most of their information
from the Internet.
Although most turned to the tube for breaking
news about the attacks, online became a useful way for people
to express their sorrow or contact people.
For example, on the day of the attack on
the World Trade Center and the Pentagon 15% of all Internet
users sent an e-mail to family members, 12% sent e-mails
to friends. Women were more likely to e-mail others than
Researchers said 13% of Internet users participated
in virtual town hall meetings or posted comments in chat
rooms, online bulletin boards or e-mails listservs. That
number is substantially higher than normal.
Also 58% of users who wanted the latest news
logged onto multiple news websites.
Overall, 30% said the "Net helped them"
learn about what was going on during the first few days
after the attacks, and 29% went online to communicate with
people they needed to reach.
Overall 'Net usage fell as only 51% of Internet
users went online Sept. 11 and 12 versus as much as 58%
on a typical day.
When they did go online, they went in droves
to sites run by mainstream newspapers and TV networks, the
Pew study found.
"At a moment of crisis, people want
reliable intermediaries," said Lee Rainie, director
of the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
Merrill Brown, editor-in-chief of MSNBC.com,
told USA Today that media outlets are redirecting
their news coverage away from health and entertainment as
the result of the attacks.
OUT SPECIAL EDITIONS
Major U.S. newsweeklies weighed in with extra
editions about the terrorist attacks. The editions were
free of advertising.
Newsweek's extra edition, "America
Under Attack," hit newsstands on Sept. 13, two days
after the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.
Two million copies have been put on newsstands across the
U.S. and overseas.
"Extraordinary news events deserve an
extraordinary response," said Richard Smith, editor-in-chief
Several magazines also replaced their covers
at the last minute to make way for artwork to mark the terrorist
Time ran a black border around its
cover, the first time it has dropped its trademark red frame
since adopting it in 1927, according to Diana Pearson, who
is the magazine's spokeswoman.
Business Week's cover declared the
attacks an "Act of War," and Fortune ran
a photo of a business executive covered in dust clutching
his mouth with his handkerchief as he walked away from the
World Trade Center area. The Economist used a shot
of the financial district smoldering following the collapse
of the skyscrapers.
Other weeklies not usually devoted to hard news coverage
scrapped their original plans for cover art.
New York magazine ran a photo of the
twin towers burning. People cancelled a cover on
shark attacks in favor of a news picture of the disaster,
and devoted the entire issue to the attacks.
The New Yorker, which withheld cartoons
from last week's issue, used an all-black drawing by Art
Spiegelman, a frequent contributor, showing a barely discernible
image of the Twin Towers.
N.Y. TIMES POSTPONES CELEBRATIONS
The New York Times has postponed a series of events
for its sesquicentennial because of the terrorist attacks
on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
A special news section that had been scheduled to appear
on Sept. 20 was also postponed.
The first issue of the New-York Daily Times came
off the press 150 years ago on Sept. 17.
The Times said it will announce new dates shortly.
DAILY NEWS SUSPENDS FREE PAPER
The New York Express, a free afternoon newspaper,
has suspended publication.
The paper, which was started last September, was published
by The New York Daily News.
Circulation of the Express, distributed by hawkers at
Penn Station, Grand Central Terminal and the Port Authority
Bus Station, went as high as 100,000 copies. An estimated
20,000 copies were handed out at the World Trade Center.
PUBLISHER OFFERS OFFICE SPACE
The Silicon Alley Reporter, a magazine that fell
on hard times when New York's Internet business community
collapsed, is offering temporary office space to firms displaced
by the terrorist attack.
The destruction of the WTC Twin Towers has wiped out about
20 million square feet of commercial real estate, leaving
hundreds of small businesses, some in neighboring buildings,
The magazine is located at West 36th st. in the heart
of the garment district. Two-thirds of its 19,000 square
feet of office space is empty.
(Media news continued on
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NAT'L BUSINESS PAPER CREATED
a subsidiary of American City Business Journals, will use
NewsEdge's electronic publishing technology to create a
national business news medium on the Internet.
The new system will deliver some 5,000 weekly news stories
from 40 metropolitan business publications, which are owned
by S.I. Newhouse family's Advance Publications.
Bizjournals said the move to integrate and web-enable
its content will give its 3.2 million+ print readers, and
nearly 2.5 million web users a complete picture of developing
business news, region-by-region, industry-by-industry, all
across the U.S.
Under the licensing agreement, bizjournals.com will use
NewsEdge's proprietary indexing and editorial refinery technology
to process and web-enable its original content.
The content will be sent to its website bizjournals.bcentral.com
in real time XML format.
PR FIRM TO OPERATE BOXING
PR Specialists Inc., a PR firm in Woodland Hills, Calif.,
has signed an agreement with Communicate.com
to lease, with an option to buy, the Internet domain Boxing.com.
PRS intends to use the domain to publish an interactive
website for boxing fans.
Bryan Eggers founded PRS in March 2000 to specialize in
developing and promoting Internet websites. The firm is
publicly traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol of PLTS.
In the News,
a weekly digest of news on women's health
topics, is adding video to its news package.
Information in the publication is currently available
to subscribers on www.womenshealthinthenews.com,
by fax and e-mail.
Starting in January, companies will have the ability to
run up to two minutes of video with each sponsorship of
an "Of Note" column.
This can be a VNR or other video, including sound bites
and highlights from medical meetings.
At the end of each Of Note column will be an icon that
will put a video segment in real time, according to Susan
Null, who started the publication five years ago.
"Not only will our visitors have access to these
segments, but so will our strategic partners, who tap into
our site as content for their own websites," said Null,
who can be reached at 845/634-9140; fax: 634-9125 or via
a twice-a-week newspaper, has begun publishing a
daily e-newsletter, called "Roll Call Daily,"
emphasizing breaking news.
Subscribers to the print edition of Roll Call will
pay $198 for a one-year subscription to Roll Call Daily.
Non-print subscribers will pay $265 per year.
Roll Call Daily will be published on the web in
the early afternoon from Monday to Friday while Congress
is in session.
Ed Henry, previously a co-editor of Roll Call,
was named editor of the online edition, and David Meyers,
formerly news editor at the newspaper, was appointed managing
editor. The new online staff includes writers Polly Forster
and Erin Billings.
Henry will continue to write the "Heard on the Hill"
column in the print edition.
The new online edition will feature a new column, called
"Today's Spin," that will be written by a different
person each day.
On Mondays, Chris Black, former Congressional and White
House correspondent for CNN, will write an irreverent column
about the Sunday morning news programs, and on Tuesdays,
Tim Curran will write a political column. On Wednesdays,
Jim Mills will write a column with behind-the-scenes tidbits.
Curran, who was previously a co-editor, was promoted to
editor of the newspaper, and Doug Freuhling, formerly managing
editor of The Washington Business Journal, has joined
as managing editor for Roll Call.
was named editor of The Hollywood Reporter, in Los
Angeles. Burns had been acting as interim editor while the
trade paper conducted a search to replace Anita
Busch, who left April 30.
Burns, 41, has been with the paper for 13 years.
77, a reporter and editor for The New York Times
for 37 years until his retirement in 1991, died on Sept.
He had covered many beats from city and state to retailing
and had also been real estate editor of the Times.
Fowler had been a cast member of two annual shows, sponsored
by the Inner Circle and the New York Financial Writers'
Assn., and was a member of the NYFWA, the Silurians, the
Downhold Club of UP Writers and the National Real Estate
52, a former deputy editor at The Economist, who
was a senior contributing editor for Fortune, based
in Hong Kong, died Sept. 2 in a sailing accident off the
coast of France.
has succeeded Tom Barry
as executive editor of Georgia Trend magazine.
Babcox Publications, whose titles include BodyShop
Business, Brake & Front End, Counterman,
Engine Builder, Import Car, Tire Review
and Underhood Service, has moved to 550 Embassy pkwy.,
Akron, OH 44333; 330/670-1234.
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PR BUDGETS 29%
Companies have chopped their PR/PA budgets
29 percent to an average of $2.3 million this year, according
to the 9th annual Thomas L. Harris/Impulse Research survey
of PR spending. That's the biggest decline in a decade.
Internal budgets were slashed 40 percent,
plummeting from $1.6 million in 2000 to $963,000 this year.
External spending dipped 17 percent to $1.3M.
Tom Harris isn't surprised by the severity
of the spending shortfall.
He noted that companies-especially in the
high-tech category-were "spending wildly" for
PR last year.
They were "trying to do something that
PR can't do, which is to create instant brands," he
told this newsletter.
About an upturn, Harris said PR doesn't operate
in a vacuum. The business will pick up whenever the economy
and stock market show signs of life. Nobody is sure that
will happen, cautioned Harris.
The uncertainty about PR's revival has been
compounded by the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks.
The 1,515 respondents to the survey represented
companies in the computer/technology (14 percent), health/medical
services (12 percent), banking/finance (nine percent), information
technology and telecommunications (eight percent each) industries.
PR NEEDED TO KEEP CONSUMERS
The greatest service PR pros can provide in support of
the country is to ensure that the consumer continues to
buy, says Maureen Lippe, CEO of Lippe Taylor Marketing PR.
But products and services in industries hit hard by the
terror attacks must be pitched carefully, adds Karen Weiner
Escalera, CEO of KWE Assocs.
They provided this NL input on PR in the aftermath of
the terror attacks.
LT said a recent round of calls to editors at women's
magazines confirmed that products continue to be pitched
- health/lifestyle pages are still being planned.
The firm said editors indicated they are taking special
efforts to ensure that copy and editorial don't focus too
heavily upon frivolous themes. Editors told LT staffers
that they are working hard to strike a balance between servicing
the consumers' need for information and entertainment and
maintaining a "sensitive and mindful" tone.
Escalera offered communications tips to the travel and
lifestyle industries, which have been hard hit.
She said it is important to "demonstrate understanding
and flexibility in travel policies" and to provide
additional services to travelers to help them "cope."
Escalera said companies should give price and other incentives
to travel now and proactively call major clients and groups
to express understanding and flexibility, and to ask how
She said companies should also reaffirm commitments to
Escalera said pitching proximity to the U.S., ease of
travel and destination security are important now, and that
companies should avoid anything that says excess, flamboyance
in Youth Market
Lippe outlined some changes in the PR and
media fields. With regard to the consumer market, she said
a few trends have become evident. Young adults are exhibiting
"evident and powerful" feelings of resolve, unity
and national pride. The firm cited the emergence of the
American flag as a fashion element.
Tommy Hilfiger's use of pro-American ads
on MTV has taken on a "PSA-type" feel while pitching
its clothing and fragrances.
The firm said young adults will continue
to buy products and services they had before with the exception
of products that exhibit "overt sexuality, ostentatious
displays of expensive brands, and dark or 'juvenile' humor."
According to Lippe Taylor, consumers will
want news and programming that provides a diversion and
alternative to the ongoing flow of breaking news.
SEARS, FEDEX PULL ADS
Sears, Roebuck and Federal Express have pulled their ads
from ABC's late-night talk show Politically Incorrect
after its host, Bill Maher, referred to U.S. military strategy
"Lobbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away -
that's cowardly," Maher said, referring to the U.S.
response to the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole last year. "Staying
in the airplane when it hits the building - say what you
want about it - it's not cowardly."
Maher was responding to President Bush's assertion that
the suicide bombers who attacked New York and Washington,
D.C., were cowards.
ABC said in a statement that while it remains "sensitive"
to the climate in the U.S. following the terrorist attacks,
it has "an obligation to offer a forum for the expression
of our nation's diverse opinions."
Rev. Mychal Judge,
68, who was chaplain of the New York Press Club and the
New York Fire Department, was killed in the World Trade
Center collapse Sept. 11 while giving last rites to victims
of the attack.
Father Judge, a Franciscan priest, was a reformed alcoholic,
who became a supporter of people who tried to give up drinking.
His funeral was attended by former Pres. Clinton and Sen.
Hillary Clinton, firemen, and news reporters.
The Publicity Club
of New York, at its Oct. 3 luncheon, will discuss
the "new sobriety" editorial tone that is expected
in lifestyle/fashion magazines in the aftermath of the terror
attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. President
Peter Himler has lined up top editors from Vanity Fair,
W, New York and In Style for the session.
They also will talk about how their magazines will cope
with a potential recession. The event will be held at the
3 West Club on Manhattan's 51 st. Cost is $55 for non-members.
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We were in Ireland Sept.
11 when suicide squads demolished the World Trade Center.
"Your twin towers have been attacked and are on fire,"
said an employee of a golf course who ran out to meet us
as we finished a round of golf. It was about 2:30 in the
afternoon or 9:30 a.m. in New York, 45 minutes after the
first tower was hit.
Stunned golfers gathered around TV sets in the lounge
and bar. Almost nothing was said as horrific images passed
before our eyes in the next few hours.
For the next eight days we read the Irish press and watched
CNN and Rupert Murdoch's Sky TV, the European news channel.
U.S. papers were not available. Our scheduled flight back
to the U.S. Sept. 15 was pushed back to Sept. 18.
The Irish took the news as though one of their own cities
had been bombed. It was pointed out that 40 to 44 million
Americans have Irish blood. The Irish angle was played up
although sympathy went out to all Americans and all peace-loving
citizens throughout the world.
It was noted that many Irish firefighters and police died
in the disaster. Stories noted that one of the hardest-hit
firms, Cantor Fitzgerald, had many Irish employees. The
firm, located on floors 103-105 of 1WTC, lost 700 of its
1,000 employees, leaving about 1,500 children without one
or both parents.
coverage was given to the attack by such papers as the Irish
Times, the largest circulation paper in the country,
the Irish Examiner, and the Irish Independent.
The Times did a special 24-page section Sunday Sept. 16
that covered the numerous facets to the story.
Irish writers overwhelmingly pleaded for the U.S. to show
restraint and not rush into attacks on other countries.
A common theme was that completely rooting out terrorism
was impossible. Writers noted that Ireland has been unable
to do this despite decades of trying.
"Let's give peace a chance," said a banner headline
in the Examiner Sept. 14. Writer Suzanne Harrington said
American "pride, confidence and impenetrability"
had been "slit open and laid bare" by the attack.
She and other writers said the grievances of the attackers
must be addressed or there would be no end to violence.
The U.S. has acquired "a lot of enemies," she
said, listing Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Libya, Iran,
Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Jordan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, east
Africa and "huge chunks of South America." The
Islamic world "cannot support a state that so obviously
backs Israel and so blatantly dismisses large tracts of
the Arab nation," she said.
Columnist Kathy Sheridan of the Times said "the reality
that has gripped Northern Ireland for over 30 years"
has come to the U.S. She said Americans are wondering how
"any human being could be capable of such bottomless
hatred" and are aghast at a Middle East poll that shows
70% of people to be in favor of "martyr-bombings."
It may be "too early" to list the grievances
of the other side, she said, but these include "the
one million Iraqi children dead from U.S.-led sanctions;
the third of the Palestinian population in Gaza and the
West Bank that survives on about $1 a day cheek by jowl
with U.S.-subsidized, first-world Israel," and Afghans
condemned to the rule of the Taliban who "began life
as the well-funded pets of the U.S."
A vocal current of
criticism of the U.S. was evident in Irish broadcasting.
A letter to the Independent published Sept. 22 said that
practically everyone who spoke on a "Questions &
Answers" program on Irish TV Sept. 17 was "virulently,
indeed poisonously anti-American." The "ugly tone
of the show bore no relation to the way the majority of
Irish have reacted to the atrocities" in the U.S.,
it added. Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz, who frequently
appears on U.S. TV talk shows, was cut off the air on an
Irish radio show Sept. 12 after he called co-panelist Robert
Fisk "a bigot and an anti-Semite."
The Irish are also
particularly involved at this point because Irish Minister
of Foreign Affairs Brian Cowen becomes president of the
U.N. Security Council this month. He was in Israel
on "black Tuesday" Sept. 11 for the start of a
five-day "fact-finding" tour that was to include
talks with Ariel Sharon and Yasser Arafat. Irish papers
said he was going to tell Sharon to stop asking for "quiet
periods" before peace talks with the Palestinians because
these hadn't worked in Ireland. Said the Irish Times Sept.
11: "Cowen is visiting the Middle East at a time when
the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is deteriorating
daily into deeper violence..."
Back in the U.S., we
found near-unanimity among the press and Americans
for support of President Bush's military initiatives against
terrorists worldwide. Americans support by at least nine
to one these initiatives while an Irish Times poll
found about two-thirds of respondents support them. Times
Columnist David Andrews wrote Sept. 22: "By all
means punish the wrongdoers but be mindful that the punishment
must include an attack on the causes of hatred and sense
of injustice that fuels fundamentalism worldwide."
He said the WTC attackers were not "a group of mentally
deranged fanatics but an intelligent, dedicated adversary"
that Israel is being unfairly linked to the bombing
was Norman Podhoretz, editor-in-chief of Commentary,
who wrote "Israel Isn't the Issue," for the Sept.
20 Wall Street Journal...Salon.com
took up the topic of
Israeli policies in a piece called, "The bloody
Jordan river now flows through America"...South
China Post (via drudgereport.com)
had a piece, "Everyone but U.S. could see it coming."