You may have only just recently heard of Russia’s tribute to America’s struggle against terrorism, via a teardrop-shaped memorial that points toward the statue of liberty. The title of the artwork, crafted by Russian artist Zurab Tsereteli, is “To The Struggle Against World Terrorism.”
A forward making the rounds lately asks, “Now ask yourself: why was there never any press coverage of such a beautiful and generous gift?”
There was, however, plenty of press coverage, at the time. CNN had a live broadcast of the dedication ceremony, at which former-president Bill Clinton made the keynote. Vladimir Putin was on scene there himself for photos, which can be found at the 9-11 Memorial website. US country-music artist LeAnn Rimes was at the dedication and sang Amazing Grace.
Personally, I think the biggest reason is that it’s not even really that big of a story. There are in fact at least 43 structural monuments in commemoration or dedication to 9-11 as of this article’s writing, so I can imagine one out of 43 being pretty easy to forget about. It was also installed in September 2006, which as of this article’s writing is nearly ten years ago. Why would the “media” report on it 10 years after the fact? Millions of things have grasped the nation’s attention since then — how could you be expected to remember the dedication of a monument?
The structure itself is not even really all that inspiring. I mean, Lady Liberty makes sense at least. A person with a torch and tome is someone with which one can empathize. This monument, however, is more of a head-scratcher than inspiring.
Also, you must remember that the “media” was very likely inundated with other 9-11 tributes of their own, considering it was commemorated on the day of the “five years later” anniversary of the attacks. You know every individual city’s media outlet in the nation had their own tribute to broadcast. The Today Show on NBC had their own tribute at the time. Could it not have been through all of that you may have overlooked a single memorial dedication, of a sculpture that isn’t even really that popular based on looks alone?
For those concerned about “the media” failing to report on it:
Incidentally, there’s also a glass cube in Boston, near Logan International Airport from which two of the planes in the attacks left. Is the fact that you didn’t know about that also, something else you can blame “the media” for? How about you actually going out and learning about stuff you want to know about, instead of blaming those who spoon-feed you a very limited cross-section of information available within an hourish per day? “The media” isn’t organized since you choose it. If you were strapped to a chair and forced to watch Barney all day, sure, that’d be cause for concern. However, you’re reading this ON THE INTERNET. There are literally thousands of media options available, and just because one of perhaps 6 that still broadcast on the ancient television set fail to cover a single subject you personally find inspiring is indicative that you personally have the dumbest strategy ever for figuring out how to get news.