Cultural and political commentator Touré appeared on The Dylan Ratigan Show to discuss the media frenzy surrounding the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He says that he, like many people, finds the constant replay of tragic images from the day of the attacks and the attempt to orchestrate a national collective moment of grief to be a bit ghoulish and exploitive.

“I am a New Yorker. I smelled the smoke for days after,” he says, and asks whether the media are doing what they’re doing “because fear sells” and because “wallowing in the deep pool of 9/11 pain is good for business”.

Then comes the most interesting moment in the clip. Ratigan, who had just done an hour-long special about 9/11, is left virtually speechless. It’s rare to see one person provoke another person to actually think more about a topic on live TV. Generally it seems as if the purpose of televised political discussions is, in fact, the opposite.

Watch the video, embedded via Mediaite, below: