The Sydney Morning Herald’s Greg Hassall previews last night’s Australian broadcast of 9/11: The Falling Man:

Has the passing of time softened the impact?

Possibly not, especially for the falling man himself. Hassall’s next line is also ill-considered:

Shall we now more easily be able to watch images of that terrible day in New York when nearly 2800 people lost their lives in an unprecedented attack by two aircraft … ?

I’ll say it’s unprecedented; aircraft generally exhibit an inability to compose—let alone carry out—plans to destroy humankind. Also in the SMH, Paul Kalina reveals that the director of the documentary may have been the source for Graeme Blundell’s observation that World Trade Center jumpers were viewed as cowardly:

The American-born filmmaker Henry Singer remembers seeing them as he watched coverage of the attacks from an office in London …  many Americans, Singer feels, regard the jumpers as cowards.

Name one.

“People might see jumping as giving up, as opposed to, ‘Why not run through the flames, the smoke and try to make your way down?’ I may be wrong in how people see that, but I would absolutely disagree with that. I see that decision to jump as extraordinarily brave.”

So why raise the unfounded cowardice slur? Then again, we are talking about someone whose sensitivity runs to this level:

“I thought this is going to be a very hard film but this is an unusual opportunity, so I decided to take the leap.”

(Via Stephen M.)

Posted by Tim B. on 08/31/2006 at 12:54 PM
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