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CNN's Premature Announcement of WTC 7's Collapse

CNN anchor Aaron Brown seems to struggle to make sense of what he is seeing one minute after announcing that that WTC Building 7, whose erect facade is clearly visible in his view towards the Trade Center, has or is collapsing.

CNN announced that WTC 7 "has either collapsed or is collapsing" about an hour before the event.

This YouTube video is an excerpt from the CNN's live television broadcast on 9/11/2001. At about 01:58 in the clip, anchor Aaron Brown states that it's about 4:14 Eastern Daylight Time. That means that when the he makes the announcement at the beginning of the clip, it is about 4:12

The following is a transcript of the two-minute excerpt:

We are getting information now that one of other buildings, building 7, in the world trade center complex is on fire and has either collapsed or is collapsing.
I .. I .. You to be honest can see these pictures just a little bit more clearly than I, but Building number 7 one of the other buildings in this very large complex of buildings that is the Trade Center ... there were -- there were -- and that is the right way to put it -- there were the two towers, but then there are a number of support buildings around it -- retail spaces, restaurants, office space, garages, the trains come in from New Jersey bringing commuters taking commuters back, come into the complex that is the World Trade Center, and now we are told there is a fire there and that building may collapse as well, as you can see.
We can see as we now look back down town, we can see the billowing smoke.
It is extraordinary to us how long this scene has gone on. The smoke has not cleared at all. It has not lightened at all. It was that horrific moment when the Towers collapsed, and then we've been in this sort of situation ever since, as the fires continue to burn. Rose Arsie, one of our producers who has been slowly and diligently making her way to the building described the fires she saw in the areas of the Towers themselves and clearly those fires continue to burn
at about 4:15 eastern daylight time today, in an unbelievable and awful scene in New York.

This video excerpt was apparently extracted from a 41-minute mpeg recording discovered in a vast archive of broadcast footage publicized in late February of 2007.


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