Show and Tell

There's a tendency at the Republican National Convention (search) to talk about Sept. 11, but not to show Sept. 11. No one wants to be seen politicizing it, so they tiptoe around images of it. Frankly, I've had enough of it.

There's no nice way to talk about that day, or gloss over what happened that day.

Sometimes it does us all good to "show" that day so that we never forget what happened that day.

To show the planes ramming into those towers and yes, people jumping from those towers. Put up warnings — brace people for the worst — but show them the worst, all of the worst.

Sometimes I think we like to sanitize terror. Maybe it's our way of dealing with it, compartmentalizing it and yes, getting over it.

Three years ago this week we never could have conceived of something so horrible happening here. But it "did" happen here. I don't think we should forget that, or compartmentalize that.

News organizations, my own included, quite rightly don't want to offend people. I say, warn people, but then go ahead: Offend them, jar them, shock them — again and again.

Remind them they are not safe. Remind them that evil is not dead and time does not heal all wounds. If we're not careful, we're doomed to be careless.

Those images are not pretty, but they are our past.

And if we blithely ignore their brutality, they're doomed to be our future.

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