How News Nets Are Covering Hurricane Irma and 9/11 Remembrances

By Chris Ariens Comment

16 years after the 9/11 attacks, and one day after Hurricane Irma roared ashore, the cable news networks have diverged in their coverage this morning.

While MSNBC and CNN have remained focused on the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and its march north as a tropical storm, Fox News has given the most attention to the remembrances of 9/11 including the solemn reading of the names at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. Fox & Friends anchors Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade were anchoring 16 years ago today, and were back again this morning.

“You were here on the curvy couch,” said Ainsley Earhardt. “We were,” said Doocy.

All three networks carried the White House moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., when the first of two hijacked planes was flown into the north tower of the World Trade Center. They also covered the Pentagon remembrance service.

For the first time in several years, MSNBC did not rebroadcast the Today show’s coverage from 9/11/01. Anchoring this morning on MSNBC, as she was on the morning of 9/11/01, was Chris Jansing, alongside Willie Geist filling in for Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, with heavy coverage from Florida

Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell and Charlie Rose continued CBS This Morning with coverage of Irma and the 9/11 remembrances into the 9 a.m. ET hour. The Today’s show third hour was also devoted to a mix of Irma and 9/11 coverage, with Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer and Hoda Kotb.