On Sunday, September 11th, I watched the 9/11 Memorial ceremonies on Fox News all day. Memories of 9/11 ten years ago came flooding back: On that day, I had gotten up at 6 a.m. as usual (9 a.m. Eastern time) and immediately turned on the TV set in my bedroom. I was horrified to see the South Tower at the World Trade Center with a gaping hole in it and black smoke pouring out. The tower had been hit by American Airlines Flight 11 at 8:46 a.m. Eastern time. I thought at first that the plane had hit the tower accidentally.
As I watched in horror, at 9:03 a.m. Eastern time, I saw the North Tower hit by Flight 175. A big red ball of fire appeared on the opposite side of the tower and I knew that this was a deliberate attack: World War III had started. I expected that attacks in other cities would quickly follow. I called my daughter, woke her up, and told her not to go out of the house because we were at war and anything could happen.
On that day in 2001, I watched the Fox News coverage the whole day; Rick Leventhal was reporting from the site of the attack. Footage from his original coverage was replayed on Sunday 09.11.11. (more…)