NBC Skips Moment of Silence for 9/11 Victims, Interviews 'Keeping Up with Kardashians' Kris Jenner Instead
Not everyone chose to respect the victims of 9/11 on the eleventh anniversary of the New York terrorist attacks. NBC skipped honoring those lost on 9/11 and didn't air a moment of silence. The network had something more important to broadcast. An interview with Kris Jenner about her breast implants.
NBC stuck with its national programming instead of observing the moment of silence at the time of the 9/11 attacks that are normally observed on this date, and were by virtually every other TV network.
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While national viewers of "Good Morning America" and "CBS This Morning" aired the somber remembrance, "Today," perhaps actively trying to accentuate everything despicable about American society, aired Savannah Guthrie's interview with "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" mom Kris Jenner on her breast implants instead.
New York City's local affiliate WNBC did cut in with local programming covering the moment of silence, coordinated with New York and D.C. starting at 8:46 a.m. ET, but the national programming stuck with Jenner.
In the video, Guthrie announces that the time is 8:45, one minute before the moment of silence begins, then launches into the interview. As the Kardashian mom told Guthrie of her decision to film her breast implant operation, Jenner and Guthrie seem unaware of the sober event happening at that exact moment. Jenner joked about changing her breast implants, saying, "The reason I went in and did that was because I had had my implants in for 152 years -- you know, a long time, way longer than their shelf life."
She noted, "I made fun of myself. Because at my age, you're over 50 -- like, when do you stop? But it was so important, health-wise, to remind women to check your expiration date because it's a health risk," adding that she had her implants done in 1989. "It is really important to pay attention to what your body is telling you, and my body was saying, 'You're tired, it's enough, get it fixed.'"
Some viewers took to Twitter to post their complaints about the show's decision, many also invoking NBC's haphazard coverage of the Olympics as another sign the network is out of touch with its audience.
The torg @myguythetorg wrote, "Shame on you #NBC. The Today show skipped a moment of silence to interview a Kardashian." Kenny Strong added, "@TodayShow, Kris Jenner instead of moment of silence? How tacky! No wonder you're losing in the ratings. "
A spokesperson for NBC stated in an email to Yahoo!, "The 'Today show' dedicated a considerable amount of time to September 11th coverage this morning throughout the entire show."
Whether it was a mistake or not to skip over the moment of silence, the damage is done to NBC. However long the bad taste sits with the public, no one knows. We're guessing it'll last just until the next episode of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians."