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Boston Bombing Survivor Slams Meet The Press

Submitted by on April 12, 2014 – 11:37 amNo Comment

A survivor of last year’s Boston Marathon bombing is strongly criticizing the NBC News program Meet the Press, saying they backed out of an agreement to refrain from using the names of the suspected bombers during her appearance in a roundtable discussion.

“Cannot believe @meetthepress chose to use the bombers name instead of respect their guest. Had to walk off set crying,” Adrianne Haslet-Davis tweeted on Friday afternoon.

She posted a longer criticism on her website:

“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[...]

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.”

Sources said Davis did not actually walk off the set, as she hadn’t been brought to the set yet, saying the conversation was in the green room; her own comments say she left prior to taping.

NBC issued a statement apologizing for the episode:

“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.”

A spokesperson added that the president of NBC News called Haslet-Davis personally to apologize.

Host David Gregory tweeted that he was “so sorry” Haslet-Davis was upset.

Haslet-Davis, a dancer, lost a leg in the bombing. She made headlines when, days after the attack, she pledged to dance again, and made good on that promise in an appearance at TED Talks recently.

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