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NBC skips 9/11 Moment of Silence for Kris Jenner interview

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NBC made the curious choice this morning to not air live coverage of the 9/11 Moment of Silence, instead choosing to interview Kris Jenner, the mother of the Kardashian horde. NBC was the only national broadcast that did not cover the segment. Many cable networks covered it as well.

Instead of the tribute to honor those lives impacted 11 years ago, Savannah Guthrie and Jenner discussed the finale of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Jenner’s breast implant replacement. and Kim Kardashian’s relationship with Kanye West. You have to prioritize, you know. 

New York City local NBC affiliate WNBC did air the moment of silence coverage.

The moment of silence was held at Ground Zero in New York City and at the White House in Washington D.C. at 8:46 a.m. That is the time that  first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center in 2001.

Megan Kopf, a spokesperson with the Today show, defended the network's lack of coverage of the  ceremony.

"The Today show dedicated a considerable amount of time to September 11th coverage this morning throughout the entire show," Kopf said.

MSNBC aired a full rerun of the original footage from September 11, 2001, which they have done since 2006, according to an MSNBC spokesperson.

This is an odd decision on NBC's part, to say the least. Did they not realize immediately that this was going to draw flak?


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Written by: Hamatosan
Sep 11th, 2012, 12:41 pm

Anonymous

Message Posted On Sep 13th, 2012, 1:37 am
Another dumb mistake by NBC; first Savannah taking over for Ann-now this---for shame NBC-for shame!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hamatosan

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Message Posted On Sep 11th, 2012, 9:57 pm

Pentar, that's not true. There absolutely is a such a thing as bad PR. This move had no positive value for the network and that's a zero sum gain.

Fake Me Out

Message Posted On Sep 11th, 2012, 4:59 pm
@ Pentar "Not an error at all ..." We'll agree to disagree and time will tell very shortly if there is any serious blow back on NBC or NBC owned E! which airs Keeping Up With the Kardashians. With NBC fighting for the first time in years over the morning ratings crown with ABC, can they really afford to alienate even a small percentage of viewers especially over a self inflicted wound like snubbing the 9/11 Moment of Silence?
Pentar
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Message Posted On Sep 11th, 2012, 2:01 pm

Not an error at all, it got people talking about NBC and the Today show. No publicity is bad publicity, especially for NBC.

Fake Me Out

Message Posted On Sep 11th, 2012, 1:24 pm
At least if it was somebody of national or international import you could make some sort of arguement as to your choice ... but for a pure puff piece? TPTB should be asking themselves if the Today show producers are really the best people for the job given a serious lapse in judgement. YMMV
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Message Posted On Sep 11th, 2012, 12:51 pm

Wow. Not only was this a classless thing to do, it's just a stupid unforced error for them to make. Why on Earth would they choose to be the only network to not participate in the broadcast? Someone should be fired, and the network should be ashamed of itself.

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