Marathon bombing survivor leaves NBC set in tears; calls Meet the Press ‘cowardice, dishonorable’

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A survivor of last year’s Boston Marathon bombing left an NBC studio in tears moments before taping on Friday, saying the network reneged on a promise not to mention the bombers’ names.

Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a dancer who lost part of a leg in the terrorist incident, was invited to a Meet the Press panel discussion. But she had two stipulations: that she be referred to as a survivor and not a victim, and that the names of bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev not be mentioned, according to the Washington Times.

Under the impression that NBC had agreed to both requests, Haslet-Davis said she was shocked when staffers told her just before airtime that there was no guarantee the Chechneyan brothers would not be mentioned by name, and she abruptly left the studio in tears, the Times reported.

“Your decision to back out on the promise that 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,” Haslet-Davis wrote on her website. “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.”

NBC released a statement Friday saying network officials “regret any distress caused by this miscommunication,” , but added that “given the nature of the discussion, we couldn’t make that guarantee,” The Blaze reported.

Meet the Press host David Gregory also tweeted an apology to Haslet-Davis, but the outpouring of tweets following the incident have been solidly in support of the dancer.


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