This "ABC News Special Report" presents coverage of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and their aftermath, as aired on ABC affiliate KABC-TV (Los Angeles). This coverage begins at 5:00 a.m. EDT on Friday, September 14, as anchor Derek McGinty states that the FBI has detained several people whose names appeared on a list of suspected terrorists. McGinty then plays a clip in which John Miller discusses the breaking story of further suspected hijacking attempts at Kennedy and LaGuardia airports in New York. Next, Rebecca Cooper reports that the White House, which had begun to allow tourists access to the building the previous day, has tightened security again out of fear of further attacks. McGinty then plays a clip in which Ted Koppel interviews Jim Hunter, a passenger on one of the planes the FBI raided the day before. After asking Jim Sciutto for an update on the situation at the Pentagon, McGinty airs an interview with Sheila Moody, who was badly burned escaping from the Pentagon following the plane crash there. Next, McGinty runs a report by John McWethy that explores the elusive nature of Osama bin Laden. Another report, by Chris Wallace, explains some of the early changes in air travel and security that have been instituted at some of the country's airports. After these videotapes, McGinty interviews Chris Bury about the latest ABC News poll numbers, which show President George W. Bush's approval ratings to be at an all-time high. McGinty then runs a clip in which the United States National Anthem is performed live outside Buckingham Palace, after which he checks in with Alison Stewart downtown. Stewart reports that there have been no new updates from authorities about the World Trade Center wreckage. McGinty also checks in with Pierre Thomas for more about the reports of further hijacking attempts. Next, Rebecca Cooper reveals that Vice President Dick Cheney has been sleeping at Camp David rather that in his residence in Washington, D.C. Lisa Stark narrates a piece about the reopening of the nation's airports, and Bob Woodruff reports from Islamabad, Pakistan, that it is still not clear whether Pakistan will support the United States in responding to the attacks. In the next report, NFL players and fans discuss their feelings about the commissioner's decision to cancel the weekend's football games. The tape closes with Connie Chung's interview with Cantor Fitzgerald chief executive officer Howard Lutnick, who lost his brother and 700 employees in the attacks.


  • DATE: September 14, 2001 Friday 2:00 AM
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:00:53
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:66801
  • GENRE: News
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Disasters
  • SERIES RUN: ABC - TV, 2001


    • Ted Koppel … Anchor
    • Derek McGinty … Anchor
    • Chris Bury … Reporter
    • Connie Chung … Reporter
    • Rebecca Cooper … Reporter
    • John McWethy … Reporter
    • John Miller … Reporter
    • Jim Sciutto … Reporter
    • Lisa Stark … Reporter
    • Alison Stewart … Reporter
    • Pierre Thomas … Reporter
    • Chris Wallace … Reporter
    • Bob Woodruff … Reporter
    • bin Laden, Osama
    • George W. Bush
    • Dick Cheney
    • Jim Hunter
    • Howard Lutnick
    • Sheila Moody