Did “Meet The Press” producers cross the line?
Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a dancer who lost her leg in the Boston Marathon bombing, left a scheduled “Meet The Press” taping in tears after the producers reneged on their promise not to mention the names of the alleged terrorists during the broadcast.
“I feel so disrespected @meetthepress,” Haslet-Davis tweeted. “I asked politely yesterday and you said yes. Now you choose to use the name instead.”
“Cannot believe @meetthepress chose to use the bombers name instead of respect their guest. Had to walk off set crying,” she continued.
Haslet-Davis was featured this week in CNN’s documentary “Survivor Diaries” where she gave host Anderson Cooper a dance lesson as a demonstration of how well she has recovered since the attack.
Haslet-Davis gave more detail on her website of the NBC News producers’ alleged betrayal:
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,” she continued. “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.
An NBC News spokeswoman responded to Haslet-Davis’s complaint in a statement to the Boston Herald:
Adrianne Haslet-Davis is an inspiring survivor with an important story to share. She was due to take part in a roundtable discussion for Meet the Press with three other participants. She requested that the alleged bombers’ names not be used in the entire program, but given the nature of the discussion we couldn’t make that guarantee. We regret any distress caused by this miscommunication.