In what one writer called a "reassuring" action, the television networks began broadcasting regular programs and commercials Saturday--but nevertheless continued presenting hours of coverage from the site of the World Trade Center disaster. (Most New York TV stations and the cable-TV news networks elected to continue uninterrupted coverage.) Highlights of the weekend reports were also being posted on affiliated Internet sites.
Rumors, reportedly touched off on the Internet by a Brazilian professor, that CNN's footage of Arabs, purportedly celebrating the attack was actually shot during the Gulf War in 1991, were quickly denied as "baseless and ridiculous" by CNN news chief Easton Jordan, who noted that Palestinian officials have threatened journalists for taking pictures of the Palestinian celebrations. Jordan said that the footage was provided by Reuters TV. Meanwhile Broadcasting & Cable magazine reported that the Associated Press withheld releasing a video of a Palestinian rally supporting the attacks after the freelance cameraman who took the footage was threatened by a group associated with Yasser Arafat's Fatah, the Palestine Liberation Movement. An Arafat cabinet secretary later informed AP's Jerusalem bureau that the Palestinian Authority "cannot guarantee the life" of the cameraman if the footage aired.