File it under the category of reporters who leave the role of journalist and cast themselves instead as central character in their own reality TV show. This time ABC's Bob Woodruff poses as hardhat ironworker, taking his third trip in the last 18 months to the top of the World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan. "Oh My God!" he exclaims from on high, as if he had never seen the view before.
The skyscraper story was the fabricated feud between Chicago and New York City over which city has the taller building. NBC did the right thing, assigning Katy Tur and Kevin Tibbles to treat the whole thing as a joke. ABC's Woodruff tried to be patriotic but bungled it. He sneered at the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and the Makkah Royal in the Saudi Arabia for erecting tall structures for the wrong reasons: "Pride. Ego. Hubris." Then he asked Liberty Tower ironworkers what their motives were instead. Their answer turned out to be just the same as those pesky Arabs: to be "Proud."
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