CNN to Replay 9/11 Reports

(U-WIRE) UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Although five years have passed, it still might be too soon to relive the trauma of Sept. 11 for Penn State student Jay Aligo.

Aligo, a Connecticut native, lost a friend five years ago in the attacks.

“It’s definitely tough to go back and look at it again,” Aligo said.

CNN.com will replay the news from Sept. 11, 2001, in real time, on CNN Pipeline — a subscription-based video service that will be free for the day — to mark the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

The coverage will begin at 8:30 a.m., minutes before CNN anchors featured, on that day in September, the first news report of a plane hitting the World Trade Center in New York City.

The video feature will replay the interruption of CNN anchor Carol Lin’s broadcast on New York Fashion Week to show viewers a live shot of Manhattan’s World Trade Center at 8:48 a.m, according to CNN.com.

“This just in,” Lin said, according to transcripts on CNN.com. “You are looking at obviously a very disturbing live shot there. That is the World Trade Center, and we have unconfirmed reports this morning that a plane has crashed into one of the towers of the World Trade Center.”

Some students agreed that reliving the events of the day would be too difficult.

Grant Miller said he probably won’t log on to CNN. “It’s kind of a painful thing to watch,” Miller said.

Samantha Inman said she didn’t want to watch the replay, but she said she will definitely read about the attacks on CNN.com.

Other students said watching the Internet broadcast would be the best way to remember and pay tribute to the 3,000 people who died that day. A representative from the desk at the HUB-Robeson Center, which controls the stations on the lounge TVs, said the televisions will be tuned to CNN at some point during the day.

The television station will provide viewers with worldwide memorial coverage beginning at 6 a.m. today with reports from Soledad O’Brien in New York City. It will also pay tribute to the victims in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania by listing their names and showcasing live reports from memorial services across the country.