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The Blue & Gray Press | June 25, 2018

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NBC Keeps Up with Kardashians, Neglects Nationwide Tradition

By RYAN QUINT

At 8:46 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, United Airlines 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. It forever changed this country, and it began a day that would kill close to 3,000 people in the first attack on American mainland soil since 1814.

Every anniversary since, at Ground Zero, at precisely 8:46 a.m., there has been a moment of silence to remember those lost.

This country promised to “never forget” and commemorate the actions of so many.

A lone bell rings out, while the sounds of the rest of New York City whip about that hallowed American square.

But this anniversary was different at NBC studios. While other major news stations prepared their cameras for the moment of silence, NBC’s “The Today Show,” which is located and filmed in New York City, interviewed Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian’s mother.

It was not just any interview though. The host and Jenner laughed about the finale of season seven of the Kardashian’s show, with Jenner chuckling about the final shot of her being wheeled into surgery for breast implants.

Jenner and “The Today Show” thought it was proper to talk about fake breasts while the rest of the nation paused to remember the 3,000 lives lost only 11 years ago.

Jenner’s comments highlight an especially difficult task that we face every year. The steady wheel of history never stops spinning, and, as the events fall further and further into the past, we must examine how best to remember. The pain of Sept. 11 will never fully heal for those directly involved, and so the deep emotional attachment will remain until they are gone.

For the rest of us, looking into the horrors of Sept. 11 from the outside, we must remember our promise to the fallen. We must remember the songs, the poems and the slogans that we repeated until we were breathless. If we are all to proclaim that we will never forget, we must truly never forget. If we lapse in that, and if we fail to honor the deeds of those before us, their sacrifices will have been in vain.

And I think that is something that NBC and Kris Jenner would do well to remember next year at 8:46 a.m.

 

Comments

  1. While I agree it’s necessary to remember the past and honor it, I think this is a case of hypersensitivity. Yes, everyone remembers where they were on that day, but if we continuously live and mourn, then how can we as a country get over the event and properly honor it? Those who wish to take a moment of silence may, however it is not fair to expect everyone in the United States to do the same if that is not their custom. It doesn’t make them any less American, it just means that they are remembering differently.

    Do you have a moment of silence to remember those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor? Do you have a moment of silence whenever the list of soldiers who are missing or killed comes out to the public? How about on the anniversary of any other large-scale incident in which the whole of America was effected? I’m not saying this to purposely sound like an asshole, however, I don’t believe that it is proper to chide people for not holding a moment of silence when they may be honoring those lost in their own personal way.

  2. rquint

    I’m glad you asked the question if I take a moment of silence on Pearl Harbor’s anniversary, and other events. The answer to your question is yes. Pearl Harbor Day is still memorialized by the United States, though the attack was in 1941.

    I’m a history major; I pay close attention to dates that seem unimportant. Most recently, I went to Sharpsburg, Maryland to take part in the sesquicentennial commemoration of the Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest single day in American history. That is 150 years ago, and still people turn out to remember. So how is that we begin to lapse after only 11 since 9/11?

  3. The issue with history, as I study it as well, is that while it is important to honor it, we cannot live in it (aka, the past). Actions happen every single day that are worthy of our honor and remembrance, so why do we limit the honor of only major occurrences to a single day, or a single moment, while all everyday heroes are left out of these moments? Why is it only a moment of silence that honors their memories? How dare you think that just because people aren’t silent at 8:46 am on September 11th, it means that they don’t honor the past, nor that people are “forgetting” the day. That’s either ignorant on your part, or your not very open to other peoples’ ideas of remembrance.

  4. The issue with history, as I study it as well, is that while it is important to honor it, we cannot live in it (aka, the past). Actions happen every single day that are worthy of our honor and remembrance, so why do we limit the honor of only major occurrences to a single day, or a single moment, while all everyday heroes are left out of these moments? Why is it only a moment of silence that honors their memories? How dare you think that just because people aren’t silent at 8:46 am on September 11th, it means that they don’t honor the past, nor that people are “forgetting” the day. That’s either ignorant on your part, or your not very open to other peoples’ ideas of remembrance.

    I accidentally didn’t post it as a response the first time. If admin could delete the standalone repeat of my previous comment and leave this one up, that would be fantastic. Thanks!

  5. Cassandra

    I understand what you’re saying and don’t necessarily disagree with it. With that said, wasn’t there anything else that could have been covered beyond the Kardashians and their vapid, self-involved brand?