The drama of 9/11 unfolded before the world on TV. Even many New Yorkers, myself included, watched the traumatic events on CNN rather than witnessing them firsthand. During the days that followed, we were bombarded with endless replays — the planes hitting the buildings, the towers aflame and collapsing, the piles of smoking debris left behind. Then, mercifully, the coverage disappeared.
Almost a decade later, the Internet Archive has launched a 9/11 Television News Archive, a resource for scholars, journalists, and anyone interested in the historical record created by television. The archive brings together more than 3,000 hours of television coverage from 20 US and international broadcasters, and the coverage can be segmented by day, time and news provider.
Yet one more reason why we consider the Internet Archive one of the most valuable sites on the web.