In the midst of yesterday’s 9/11 remembrances, NBC rather noticeably chose not to air the live footage of President Obama calling for a moment of silence, instead airing an interview with Kris Jenner, the mother of the Kardashian clan. NBC has not issued a public apology, but it has apologized to its affiliates for the undue criticism they face over the network’s decision to omit it.
Of the three big network news morning shows, the Today Show was the only one not to air the moment of silence live. NBC News president Steve Capus said the following in a memo distributed to NBC’s affiliate networks.
Yesterday, we made an editorial call resulting in the September 11 moment of silence not being seen. While we dedicated a substantial amount of airtime to anniversary events, we still touched a nerve with many of your viewers…and for that we apologize.
You’ll notice that Capus never actually apologized for the omission itself, and instead NBC took the stance that with the exception of the 10th anniversary remembrance last year, they have never carried the moment of silence live.
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