NBC apologizes to affiliates over Kris Jenner – 9/11 coverage controversy

In case you had not heard, NBC landed themselves (yet again) in some pretty hot water earlier this week, though on this occasionally it was for something they did not do rather than something they did. Specifically, we’re talking about the decision to air an interview with Kardashian family matriarch Kris Jenner rather than a moment of silence honoring the victims of September 11. It was something that angered a good many viewers at home, and the fact that it was Jenner, a member of a family hated by a good many Americans, that probably caused this to be taken to another level of rage.

So with all of this in mind, the network has released an apology (sort of) to some of their local affiliates for creating such a stir. According to the New York Times, NBC News’ Steve Capus sent out the following email to some of the local affiliates on this very subject:

“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.”

As we said when this first happened two days ago, this situation had to in some ways be a difficult one for Jenner; as polarizing as her family may be, it was obviously not her intention to go on the show and detract from whatever coverage the network was planning to air about September 11. Nonetheless it happened, and all of the other mornings shows on network television (including rival “Good Morning America”) all decided to air the moment of silence in its entirety. The local NBC affiliate in New York also broke away from the Jenner interview to focus on the live event.

Do you think this puts an end to this controversy? If you do want to read up more on this story you can do so over at the link here.

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