September 11th will go down in history as one of saddest days of our time. Terrorist and the malicious acts that they committed, took the lives of innocent people and changed the lives of all U.S. citizens. Regardless if you lost a loved one or not, everyone felt like their security and well-being was jeopardized. The safety of everyone will forever feel compromised and belittled.
Since that horrific day, 9/11 will remain a day where U.S. citizens mourn those lost and remember what the United States stands for. Most live broadcasts, sports games and even every day people living their lives take a moment during 9/11 at 8:46 a.m. to honor those lost and to remember what the United States represents.
Unfortunately on 9/11 during the Today show broadcast, NBC decided to interview reality star Kris Jenner rather than pausing for a moment of silence. NBC news president Steve Capus apologized to those that were offended my the omission of silence but never apologized for actual omission. Instead Capus pointed out that NBC had dedicated a substantial amount of airtime to anniversary events.
Recently, NBC received a huge amount of backlash for cutting Ann Curry and replacing her with Savannah Guthrie. The anchor replacement was made after the Today show was beat by Good Morning America in ratings.
Soon, based on future ratings, we will all see if NBC’s decision to omit the moment of silence was a wise one. Kris Jenner’s discussion on expired implants was important but was it more important than the respect of the United States and the lives that were forever changed by the 9/11 terrorist acts.