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 1:00 a.m. EDT on Saturday, September 15, as anchor Ted Koppel speaks with poet Maya Angelou, historian David Halberstam, and novelist Jonathan Franzen. Angelou expresses her feelings about the attacks, differentiating between "justice" and "revenge." Halberstam contrasts the intelligence community in the United States with the nation's political leadership. He also argues that the terrorist leaders have underestimated democracy. Franzen voices his pessimism about a potential government response. Finally, Angelou talks about the anger Americans are feeling right now, counseling her fellow citizens to think hard. Next, a prerecorded segment covers a high-school football game in Texas that proceeded as scheduled Friday night. Dean Reynolds follows up with a segment about the cancellation of sporting events and other engagements across the country. Next, Father Patrick LaBelle talks to Koppel about memorial gatherings at Stanford University, where he serves as chaplain. LaBelle also comments on the attitude of young people toward September 11, expressing his disappointment with the response of some religious and political leaders to the attacks. A segment by reporter David Wright tells the story of a victim on American Flight 11 whose wife just gave birth to the couple's second child. Next, Koppel talks to Stanley Greenspan, a pediatrician and professor of clinical psychiatry and pediatrics at George Washington University. Greenspan describes the special needs of children in times of tragedy and differentiates between the responses of young people of differing ages to tragic events. Chris Bury then describes the approval of a $40,000,000,000 emergency aid package in Congress and comments on the unified way in which legislators are supporting the president. Segments of statements by Senator Tom Daschle (D-S. Dak.) and Senator Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) are aired. Next, from Camp David, Josh Gerstein discusses the "war council" meeting at the president's retreat. Gerstein also talks about President George W. Bush's consultations with his father, former President George Bush. John Donvan then reports on the seeming irrelevance of stories that dominated the news before September 11. Author Haynes Johnson argues that news that was important before the attacks is as important as ever. Author Bebe Moore Campbell talks about the working class heroes of the attacks. Jonathan Franzen contends that cynicism "ain't dead." David Halberstam discusses the qualities and recent work of New York mayor Rudy Giuliani. Finally, Halberstam identifies the qualities that he feels embody a leader.


  • DATE: September 14, 2001 Friday 10:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:02:39
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:66838
  • GENRE: News
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Disasters
  • SERIES RUN: ABC - TV, 2001


    • Ted Koppel … Anchor
    • Chris Bury … Reporter
    • John Donvan … Reporter
    • Josh Gerstein … Reporter
    • Dean Reynolds … Reporter
    • David Wright … Reporter
    • Maya Angelou … Guest
    • Bebe Moore Campbell … Guest
    • Jonathan Franzen … Guest
    • David Halberstam … Guest
    • Haynes Johnson … Guest
    • George Bush
    • George W. Bush
    • Tom Daschle
    • Giuliani, Rudy (see also: Giuliani, Rudolph)
    • Stanley Greenspan
    • Patrick LaBelle
    • Barbara Lee