Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Stupid Is as Stupid Does

"The only thing worse than being talked about, is NOT being talked about."

Maybe not in NBC's case today.

I'm sure the Peacock Network would be delighted if no one was talking about them, in light of this morning's monumentally stupid decision to blow off a national moment of silence so an interview with Kris Jenner could go on, uninterrupted.

The moment of silence was recognized at 8:46 a.m. today to commemorate the moment the first plane hit the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

But NBC, during the "Today Show," didn't bother to keep quiet at 8:46. For that's when Jenner was talking about breast implants, or some such fluff.

NBC blew it. Whether it was an oversight or not, the network has enough egg on its face to make the world's biggest omelet.

How could "Today," a TV institution since the early-1950s, make such an egregious error?

And don't you let NBC off the hook here. No excuses. No explanations that start with, "Well, you know..."

Uh-uh.

This was one of the most insensitive, ignorant, outlandish blunders in television history. Period.

What's worse, the network has been standing behind its cockamamie decision.

“The Today show dedicated a considerable amount of time to September 11th coverage this morning throughout the entire show,” a spokesperson told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column.

So there, I guess.




Kris Jenner, not observing the moment of silence


While the interview subject was the very irrelevant Kris Jenner, the gaffe wouldn't have been any more excusable, really, if NBC was talking to Mitt Romney or Barack Obama. You cut away to the moment of silence. A snot-nosed producer just out of college could have made that call correctly.

Yet somehow NBC was asleep at the switch.

What a way for relatively new co-host Savannah Guthrie, who was interviewing Jenner at the time, to be associated with her new gig.

And it's not like the moment of silence is new. It has been going on ever since 2002, the one-year anniversary of the terror attacks. No one slipped one past NBC this morning.

One viewer Tweeted, "The Today Show chose to continue their interview with Kris Jenner rather than participate in a 9.11 moment of silence. DISGUSTING." 

Couldn't agree more.

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