When something horrific happens to you, and you don’t want to talk about it, most people will respect that and NOT talk about it. NBC isn’t that sort of entity, it turns out. Boston Marathon bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet-Davis went on NBC’s Meet the Press, but she didn’t finish the interview. Via Inquisitor:
Haslet-Davis is a former dancer, who tragically lost her left foot in the Boston Marathon bombing almost one-year ago, requested that the names of the suspects charged with the attack not be mentioned while she was in the studio.
According to NBC News spokeswoman Erika Masonhall, Haslet-Davis was booked to participate in a round table to discuss the events that changed her life forever.
Mashonhall stated that due to the nature of the discussion, Meet The Press could not guarantee that her request would be granted and regrets any distress caused by the miscommunication.
Their names are hard to pronounce, so not saying them shouldn’t be a problem. Just kidding, this is news! When the news business does something, they repeat the ever-loving sh*t out of it. Here’s what Haslet-Davis had to say in a letter on her website:
“I did specifically ask of two things for this interview, one being that his name (and you know to whom I refer to) not be mentioned in my presence. Your decision to back out on that promise you made and the horrific way you brought that decision to my attention just minutes prior to taping was not only a cowardice move but a dishonorable one as well.”
“To say that I am hurt is an understatement, for you not only disrespected me, you disrespected the survivors of the bombing and the victims memories by blatantly disregarding this request and putting the value of a terrorist’s name, who put a city in turmoil and caused irrevocable damage physically and emotionally to people of this city, over Boston’s integrity, fortitude, and my personal well being.”
The news business always seems to glorify murderers, terrorists, and other horrible people by plastering their faces all over the news. NBC backing out at the last minute…sounds about right, actually. Anyway, Haslet-Davis didn’t stop there. She let them have it on Twitter.
David Gregory, host of Meet The Press, tweeted to her with his apologies.
If you’re going to host a person that’s a victim of such a horrible act, don’t double-cross them at the last moment just to exploit their pain for ratings and talking points. We’re all interested in how she is doing, and how she is recovering. Screw the pieces of garbage that caused it.