As the world strained to hear, the networks became the story
It was just past noon in Paris. A reporter for Agence France-Presse, the French news agency, was monitoring a routine radio broadcast from Cairo describing a military parade attended by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and other dignitaries.
Suddenly a cacophony of explosions, machine-gun fire and anguished screams jolted him upright in his chair. Then, just as abruptly, the radio fell ominously silent.
Within moments, at around 7:10 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, news services around the world were carrying the first bulletins: someone had...