September 20th, 2002 • Quill Archives
Educating Johnell: The consequences of U.S. journailsm’s inward thinking
Johnell Bryant says she had never heard of Osama bin Laden. So when Mohammed Atta, the man believed to have been the ringleader of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, told Ms. Bryant that the Al Qaeda chief would “someday be known as the world’s greatest leader,” she told ABC News that “I didn’t know who he was talking about.”
It has become fashionable in the weeks since Sept. 11 (“Nine-Eleven” in the clipped cadences of cable news-speak) to discuss the monstrous failure of U.S. intelligence that led, in part, to the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.