it took a few days for people to really get what happened in hati but i had friends in foreign countries when 9/11 hit and we were talking about this and how the it dominated the news for several days, much more so than the hatian earthquake
but you bring up a good point, americans make themselves important
Well the news here in DK are still having around 2-3 updates on Haiti in the foreign news segment - I wouldn't know about the televised news of other countries I'm afraid.
I hope I'm not offending anyone for saying this, but 9/11 was, were it not for the tragedy of the situation, a news station owner's wet dream. Not only was the event an attack on American soil, which in itself is extraordinary (in the literal sense of the word), but it was also live. A LOT of people were watching the whole thing live - and not just in America, as you also pointed out. I remember watching it live from home as well. I'm sorry to say this but someone
profited from 9/11 besides the delusional fanatics that launched the attack.