Something’s missing from this Frontline report—-maybe like half the program? It seems to me that when it was scheduled to run in February, it was not relegated to being part of a double bill within the same hour. The original episode was the only one advertised on the website for that week, and then it was pre-empted by a rerun and pulled just before it was due to go on the air—“because the report wasn’t complete.” I’d like to know what wasn’t complete about it that later became complete and resulted in half a show?
Sorry, but it feels to me as if something important was removed. It lacks a certain convincing quality that is the hallmark of Frontline programs. I noticed some of the more indicting parts of the written version of the report on ProPublica’s website were not included,for example, Steve Jobs being asked by AT&T for a little more time to get the 3G network up, and his ignoring it and looking into changing carriers instead. Or that AT&T (Apple’s carrier) had 15 deaths as compared to the other major carriers who had something like 5, 2 and 1 respectively. Something vague was mentioned, but I don’t recall hearing those statistics.
The show had the look of having been combed by some economic interest, or some cautious legal department, in advance. I guess the second story was supposed to leave you with the sense of outrage that the first one somewhat waffled on.
Forgive me if I’m wrong. I really thought the tower climbers deserved more.
A comment from Cell Tower Deaths | FRONTLINE | PBS. Was something redacted from this version that aired?