Following NBC's odd decision to skip over the 9/11 moment of silence observed nation-wide while instead interviewing Kris Jenner, the network has been bombarded with criticism. Steve Capus, NBC news president, admitted that the omission "touched a nerve" and the network apologized to its affiliates for the decision.
NBC News has mailed managers at its affiliates a letter of apology for the criticism they all unfairly received (affiliate managers, not NBC).
The apology reads “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.”
However, Capus did not apologize for the decision not showing President and Mrs. Obama as they called for the moment of silence. No public apology has been issued and no press release has been given explaining the action.
All the other "big" three morning broadcasts observed the moment of silence. This is not the first time NBC has skipped the moment of silence. In fact, it has not observed it regularly since 2006. The only exception was the 10th anniversary observance.
Agree or disagree with the move, NBC could have easily avoided this unnecessary scrutiny. They didn't realize people would be offended by this? And, of all things to show instead, Kris Jenner talking about boob jobs and Kim and Kanye was what they selected?