Despite receiving quite a bit of negative feedback for skipping the 9/11 moment of silence, NBC reportedly will not apologize for airing a Kardashian interview in its place. According to The Huffington Post, the interview wasn’t a goof or a misunderstanding. In fact, the network never planned to observe the moment of silence on-air, which hasn’t taken place annually since 2006. The 2011 10-year anniversary is the only exception.
At 8:46 am, the official moment of silence was observed by the NYPD, FDNY, Port Authority Police, and families of the victims at Ground Zero in New York City, which many networks took part in. NBC, however, opted to air an interview with Kris Jenner, who shared her thoughts about breast implants. Not surprisingly, some people were offended by the move, and were quick to let NBC know as much.
According to The New York Times, a representative from the network explained that the company does not plan to apologize for airing the Kardashian segment in place of the moment of silence. TODAY Show spokesperson Megan Kopf explained, “It is not a tradition on our show.”
In order to prove that the show isn’t completely ignoring the 9/11 attacks, Kopf explained that the program aired an interview with survivor Pasquale Buzzelli during an earlier segment.
TV Newser reports that NBC was the only major network that did not observe the moment of silence; CBS and ABC both went silent to remember those who lost their lives during the attacks. Although it’s NBC’s right to do what they like on their own network, airing something as trivial as Kris Jenner’s thoughts on implants is surely what rubbed most viewers the wrong way.
The 9/11 debacle is just another stain on NBC’s track record as of late. The network was also heavily criticized for its coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Regardless of the negative reviews, NBC posted very high ratings for the broadcast.
Do you think NBC should apologize for airing the Kardashian interview during the moment of silence?