CNN: Did Mumbai coverage create celebrity terrorists?
The terrorists orchestrated their attacks on Mumbai to get as much attention as possible. CNN’s Paul Newton reported that the news coverage may have created a new term: terrorist celebrities. Newton says attackers “cast themselves as stars in a long hostage drama” instead of choosing to quickly attack using explosives.
Ely Karmon, a former advisor the Israeli Defense Ministry, told CNN that the terrorist got what they wanted. “One of the goals [of the terrorists] was to have a long period of media coverage so people will see and take example and be impressed by their operation.”
This video is from CNN.com, broadcast Dec. 2, 2008.