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Boston Marathon bombing survivor rips ‘Meet The Press’ for mentioning the attackers

By Arturo Garcia
Friday, April 11, 2014 22:22 EDT
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Adrianne Haslet-Davis at TEDx event [YouTube]
 
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A professional dancer who lost part of her leg in the Boston Marathon bombing accused NBC’s Meet The Press of reneging on a promise to not mention the names of the attackers, the Boston Herald reported on Friday.

“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,” Adrianne Haslet-Davis wrote on her website, after stating online that she walked off the set of her scheduled interview in tears.

“I feel so disrespected,” she wrote in another post. “I asked politely yesterday and you said yes. Now you choose to use the name instead.”

NBC News released a statement saying the president of its department, Deborah Turness, called her after the incident “to express regret.” Host David Gregory also reportedly assured Haslet-Davis that her comfort was “far more important than anything” during her appearance as part of a roundtable discussion on the April 2013 bombing, and that she left before she was on set.

At the same time, though, NBC’s statement read, “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. We regret any distress caused by this miscommunication.”

Haslet-Davis’ left leg was partially amputated after the bombing. Her husband, Air Force Maj. Adam Davis, suffered shrapnel wounds in the incident.

However, last month she made good on a vow to dance again after receiving a prosthetic leg from researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and performed at a TEDx event in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Watch a report on Haslet-Davis’ recovery, as posted online, below.

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
 
 
 
 
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