While in 2016 the idea of "seeing is believing" has taken on new heights in an age where everyone has a camera, if it's not recorded now, it might as well have never happened. This only represents part of the truth, however, as our relationship with live television or news footage in general has overall shifted.
Back in the 1970s, towards the final years of the Vietnam War, much of the combat and scenes of carnage were showcased in brutal color. Some people said this is one of the major reasons why the American people never supported the war. When the United States invaded Iraq for the second time, the only images we saw on mainstream news sites were images of flashing lights during the first night, and not much else. By the end of that initial campaign, news media didn't even show the returning coffins. The only image, which was highlighted and disputed as to how much truth lay behind it, that became truly emblematic, was the toppling of Saddam Hussein's statue.
With time delays and multi-cams, it's rare these days that something will truly unfold on live TV that is truly horrific. Following live events now happens through activism, many of whom believe the revolution will be showcased via live streaming technology. As news gives way to branding, and branding gives way to advertisers, showing images that might offend some viewers becomes increasingly less of a priority. Even while news sites will report around the clock on tragedies like Sandy Hook, they will recycle the same ten minutes of footage - none of which says anything at all.
This list features events that were creepy or disturbing and unfolded live across people's television events. In most cases, the broadcaster really had no idea what was unfolding or else they might have pulled the plug. What are some of the creepiest or weirdest things you've seen on live TV?
15 Comedian Tommy Cooper Dies
14 The LA Riots
13 Lee Harvey Oswald Assassination
12 Fugitive Jordan F. Romero Shoots Himself
11 Manila Bus Hostage Crisis
10 The 2011 Japanese Tsunami
9 Dale Earnhardt's Fatal 2001 Crash
8 Murders of Alison Parker and Adam Ward
7 The Fiery Waco Siege
6 Massacre At The Munich Games
5 Daniel Jones Commits Suicide
4 Challenger Spacecraft Explosion
3 Live Footage Inside Columbine
2 Reporter Christine Chubbuck Commits Suicide
1 The September 11 Attacks
The plane hitting the first tower might not have unfolded on live television, but the second one did. An already horrific moment that was likely already being written off as a freak accident took on nightmarish implications, as it became all too quickly apparent that this was a deliberate attack. As terrifying as the actual footage was, the fact that everything was unfolding live and the reporters were as broken up as we were, was chilling. Most didn't even notice as the second plane entered the airspace of the second tower; it was only when it crashed into it that people started screaming. The event itself not only unfolded live, but because of the sheer scale of the event, was able to be screened again and again, and again.
Sources: Wales Online, Buzzfeed, ABS CBN, PBS, LA Times
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