A visit to NBC’s political show Meet The Press by Boston Marathon survivor Adrianne Haslet-Davis resulted in her becoming so upset that she left the set in tears.
Haslet-Davis, a dancer who lost part of her leg in the bombing of April 15, 2013, specifically asked that the names of the bombing suspects, Dzokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, not be used during her interview. Ger request was reportedly honored by the show’s staff, reports the NY Daily News.
That is, until Haslet-Davis’ round-table interview began and she says the names of the alleged bombers were used, causing her to walk off the set in tears.
“Cannot believe @meetthepress chose to use the bombers name instead of respect their guest. Had to walk off set crying,” Haslet-Davis tweeted.
“I feel so disrespected @meetthepress I asked politely yesterday and you said yes. Now you choose to use the name instead,” she tweeted a few minutes later.
NBC News spokeswoman Erika Masonhall said that “due to the nature of the discussion, Meet The Press could not guarantee that her request would be granted and regrets any distress caused by the miscommunication.”
David Gregory, the host of Meet The Press, also commented on Twitter about the situation.
“I’m so sorry @AdrianneHaslet was upset tdy + had a bad experience w MTP. As I told her, her comfort level is far more imp than any show,” Gregory tweeted.
“I did specifically ask of two things for this interview, one being that his name (and you know to whom I refer to) not be mentioned in my presence. 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.”
Haslet-Davis also wrote on her website, “I will not be a victim, not on anyone’s level, whether it be from a terrorist, or the press.”