NBC won’t apologize for airing Kardashian interview during 9/11 moment of silence

The New York Times
NBC forwent a moment of silence for 9/11 victims Tuesday. It filled that minute instead with an interview with “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” mum Kris Jenner, who talked about her onscreen decision to renew her breast implants: “It was so important healthwise to remind women that, you know, check your expiration date,” Jenner said.

Megan Kopf, a spokesperson for Today, told Bill Carter the moment of silence “is not a tradition on our show” and hasn’t been since 2006, except for 2011′s show on the attacks’ 10th anniversary. (“Tradition” in television programming is an elastic term.)

NBC’s not apologizing for the editorial decision, Kopf tells Carter, and pointed out the show earlier interviewed Pasquale Buzzelli, who survived the 2001 attacks.

The New York Times made its decision not to front any 9/11 coverage on Tuesday on Monday, Margaret Sullivan said in a Poynter chat. In a news meeting Sullivan attended, she said, “there was certainly discussion of the coverage planned. But I don’t think it was considered a strong contender for the front page.”

Andrew Phelps, who will join The Times’ staff next month, tweeted his support for the decision:

Sullivan wrote a blog post Tuesday afternoon that responded to questions about an op-ed by former Times reporter Kurt Eichenwald the paper ran Tuesday, which she said had “no major news elements in it.” She spoke with Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson:

Ms. Abramson added, “I can’t say with authority that there is nothing new in it.” But if there were an important nugget of news, she said, The Times would follow up on it.

In regard to Tuesday’s front page, Abramson also told Sullivan “In terms of genuine newsworthiness, our stories and coverage were appropriate to the occasion.” Wednesday’s front page has a big photo throwing to a story about a ceremony for New York victims of the attacks.

Related: Wolf Blitzer talks about losing his cousin in the attacks (TVNewser)

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  • http://twitter.com/Jrich211 John Richardson

    If people wanted a moment of silence… Turn the TV off. Dont expect everyone to carry your personal views of every action/inaction one takes. News stations should be far more news based and get out of the public opinion anyhow. Way to go NBC. Also, I am a combat veteran and I spent over 2 years in Iraq. I do feel for the families and friends who lost anyone but it is our personal decision to have silence and turn off electronics not push the blame onto a business.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tyiana.sedan Tyiana Sedán

    NBC has a right to air whatever they want. However, I won’t watch a show that values what the Kardashians have to say over important news!

  • http://www.facebook.com/BleedingIntoLife Anthony Ryan Domenick

    I don’t think they should have to apologize if they had aired an actual news story during the moment of silence, but a an interview with a Kardashian about her tit job can hardly be considered news. I guess you can’t expect much more from the news nowadays, though. It seems that most so-called news outlets are filled with nothing but tabloid journalism.

  • Anonymous

    One of the media’s goals is to react to readers’ expectations. Big fail on the part of those who didn’t. Even a reefer to an inside story or photo would have done the job. I’m not surprised at NBC; they’ve been going down the slippery slope for some time now. Just recently they did a poor job on the Olympics, and even though they bought the rights, they offered no live coverage of the Paralympics.

  • JH

    This is ridiculous non-story.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wadler.s.jean Wadler St. Jean

    NBC should apologize period. The King of liberal media are not patriotic and lack the respect for those whom died on 9/11. Do the right thing NBC step up!!