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Only three years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, American mainstream media are providing scant coverage of ceremonies to mark the tragedy, according to Japanese reporter Akihiko Reizei on the Internet news service Japan Mail Media. A resident of New Jersey, Reizei said that unlike the last two anniversaries, this one received little attention from local network news shows, which seemed much more interested in the attitude of Hurricane Ivan.

It’s easy to believe and not so surprising. Americans vowed to never forget that day and those who died, but people eventually move beyond the shock and anger and get on with their lives. The media just happen to be distracted sooner.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
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