Food Network Commemorates 9/11 with Half-Assed See-Through Graphic

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Every media outlet had their own way of commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Some, like the news stations devoted all their coverage to it; others, like those airing NFL games, did it through specials or the use of ribbons by on-air hosts. Others made logical mentions when necessary--on Siriux XM's classic rock channel, the host made mention of Bruce Springsteen's The Rising before playing one of his vintage tunes.

And still others barely bothered--and that was okay. I'll never forget on the actual day of the attack how then-classical station KKGO-FM 105.1 never interrupted its spinning of classical music throughout the day, specifically to serve as a refuge for those who needed it (the only acknowledgement came from a host--I think it was Rich Caparella--who merely thanked listeners for the thanks they were giving the station as a result of their decision).

Which brings us to the Food Network's remembrance yesterday.
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Look at top right of television screen...

Far from me to criticize how someone remembers 9/11 but...the Food Network's attempt to commemorate the events of that terrible day consisted of a see-through graphic (seen above) that didn't stay seared onto the screen like its ubiquitous logo but rather faded away a couple of minutes after appearing. This process repeated itself after every commercial break. I noticed it during Cupcake Wars, during The Great Food Truck Race, but not during Iron Chef America.

This half-assed attempt begs the question: why? Why even bother? The Food Network is one of those refuges that America depends on to be void of the real world. Why just screen it for a couple of minutes? Why couldn't they leave it on the entire time?

If the Food Network really wanted to commemorate 9/11, they could've done great things: a documentary on the Windows of the World restaurant that stood on top of one of the World Trade Center towers, maybe a special on how New York City's food community responded in the wake of the disaster. But again, they didn't have to do anything. Their employment of the graphic only suggests a token commemoration on the Food Network's part--too much, too little, too late.

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JB
JB

Is that a Vizio 32", or another size?  I have a Vizio 37"...and I like TK Burgers and the smell of bacon, too.   

digkv
digkv

lol i saw that too, it was really strange to see the graphic during a show where people rushed around to make the best cupcakes. it was a lame attempt but hey, what would people say if they didn't even do anything.

Punkndrublic911
Punkndrublic911

Why would someone so hip spend so much time watching a channel that has clearly made itself useless?  FoodTV, really?  Spin over to PBS and pick up real food TV by people who actually know food, not some idiots given a show based upon how well they can "make love to the camera".

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

I don't think people would criticize them at all. I didn't see any commemoration over at the Cartoon Network, yet I doubt anyone will criticize them...

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Same reason why I listen to John and Ken on KFI...and I'm the least-hip person EVER...

digkv
digkv

HA cartoon network! i'm sure a graphic like that would confuse the kids watching courage the cowardly dog. But it could have been worse on food network, i mean, at least they didn't make them make a giant 9/11 cupcake memorabilia on cupcake wars. 

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