Something a lot of people were talking about on Tuesday (at least a lot of people on the Internet, to my knowledge) (do people ever talk about things anywhere else?) (where?) (what’s it like?) (fwd me the link) is how each of the Big Three broadcast networks interrupted their morning shows to air a moment of silence to mark the anniversary of the September 11th attacks, except NBC. Instead, Today aired an interview with Kris Jenner talking about her breast augmentation. Hahaha. Ugh. If you’re going to refuse to take a few moments to observe a moment of silence for a national tragedy, if only for the reason that everyone else was doing it and clearly you’re going to look like a dick when you don’t, you should definitely GO BIG! Naturally, people were upset. NBC refused to apologize at first, but today Steve Capus, the president of NBC News, issued a kind-of apology type statement and here it is! From The New York Times:
Mr. Capus sent his memo to NBC Affiliate Corporation Group executives, and began by citing the extensive coverage “Today” provided Wednesday to the attacks on the American embassies in Libya and Egypt. Then he added: “Yesterday, we made an editorial call resulting in the Sept, 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.”
“Sorry you got upset” is, as Steve Capus knows, always the apology that everyone wants to hear whenever they are upset. Very good. It is worth noting, though, that NBC has never observed the moment of silence, apart from during last year’s 10th anniversary. So. Maybe just never have Kris Jenner on again? Maybe let’s all just never talk about the Kardashians ever again. Then no one will even care at all when we don’t do a thing that we could have easily and probably should have done and, really, should have always been doing! Perfect. Case closed.