The much-talked about French 9/11 documentary will air unedited Sunday night on KBTX. The program will featured unedited footage from inside the World Trade Center, along with profanity and strong images.
KBTX was given the option whether to air the documentary by its parent company, Gray Communications.
Many have e-mailed and called KBTX with questions, concerns and comments about the documentary. A number of them have been more heated than Len Gallagher's, but his opinion on profanity is a familiar prospective.
"It's going to be aired during primetime when they'll be a lot of youngsters out there," Gallagher said. "It'd probably better edited."
"We have witnessed a lot of dialogue within the network itself about this," said KBTX General Manager Mike Wright, "and I can tell you they've been very diligent in exploring all avenues."
And with all the options weighed, News 3 officials decided Friday the show will air at its normal time and unedited.
"I think the purpose is to remind us of how patriotic we felt, how we cared for one another a lot better after that time," Wright said.
"Ultimately, I realize that it's my decision to make, but a lot of people cited that it's going to be on while children are watching," he continued. "I'm saying, take control of the television as I do to make sure that my kids aren't watching 9/11. I don't want them exposed to that, and as a parent, that's a choice I can make."
And for a majority of people, it seems the documentary is something America needs.
"I think to see this, it would be personal, but at the same time, I think American needs to see this," said local resident Cameron Alexander.
"I think people need to know as Americans that we should know what happened and what went on," said Vanessa Brandon.
It's the latest in a slew of movies and television specials, and that's enough for at least one person to be concerned about the Sunday showing.
"I don't think we need to forget it, but I think with all that's going on right now, it's a little too much," said Cherry Whitten.
So whether you feel this painful reminder of our past is necessary, the choice to view, or not to view, lies with you.
The following is a statement from KBTX General Manager Mike Wright. It will also air at 6:45 p.m. Sunday during the 60 Minutes broadcast.
TONIGHT FOLLOWING 60-MINUTES, KBTX-NEWS 3 WILL AIR THE TWO-HOUR DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM, "9-11."
KBTX AND CBS AFFILIATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY RECEIVED MANY E-MAILS AND PHONE CALLS BECAUSE OF A WELL-ORGANIZED INTERNET CAMPAIGN, ASKING THAT WE NOT RUN THE PROGRAM BECAUSE OF WHAT WAS REFERRED TO AS "HARDCORE PROFANITY."
I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT AT THE HEART OF KBTX ARE PEOPLE WHO APPRECIATE THE FAMILY ATMOSPHERE OF THIS TELEVISION STATION AND THIS COMMUNITY. THOSE WHO WROTE RECEIVED A RESPONSE FROM KBTX, BECAUSE YOUR OPINION ALWAYS MATTERS. I AM LISTENING AND TAKE THIS RESPONSIBILITY VERY SERIOUSLY.
MOST WHO WROTE DID NOT SEE THE PROGRAM DURING ITS FIRST TWO AIRINGS ON KBTX. THE FOOTAGE IS DISTURBING, AS VIEWERS RIDE WITH FIREFIGHTERS TO THE WORLD TRADE CENTER AND ARE INSIDE A TOWER WHEN THE ONE NEXT TO IT FALLS. PROFANITIES ARE UTTERED AS THEY WITNESS THE DEATH OF THEIR BROTHERS AND SISTERS.
ANY ATTEMPT TO SANITIZE THOSE SOUNDS AND SIGHTS OF FIVE YEARS AGO WOULD BE AN ATTEMPT TO GLOSS THE HORROR AND REALITY OF 9-11.
THIS IS NOT A PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN. AS A PARENT, I'LL DECIDE WHAT MY CHILDREN SHOULD WATCH, AND TRULY, I SHARE YOUR CONCERN ABOUT WHAT IS AIRED ON ALL OF TELEVISION, NETWORK AND CABLE.
IF LANGUAGE MEN AND WOMEN USE IN REAL LIFE COMBAT IS OFFENSIVE, I URGE YOU NOT TO WATCH THIS DOCUMENTARY.
THE FOOTAGE YOU WILL SEE IS FAR MORE POWERFUL THAN THE LANGUAGE. MAY WE ALWAYS REMEMBER THOSE IMPACTED AND THE WORK OF NEIGHBORS LIKE TEXAS TASK FORCE ONE AS A RESULT OF "9-11." THANK YOU.
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