Boston Marathon Survivor Walks Off Set of “Meet the Press” After Show Uses Bomber’s Name

In this Sept. 12, 2013 photo, Boston Marathon bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet-Davis waves to the crowd as she walks onto the field before an NFL football game between the New York Jets and New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
In this Sept. 12, 2013 photo, Boston Marathon bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet-Davis waves to the crowd as she walks onto the field before an NFL football game between the New York Jets and New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

A Boston Marathon bombing survivor has revealed that she left a Boston television studio in tears before a taping of news program “Meet the Press.”

Dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis lost her left foot in the bombing, and said on Friday that she had asked the news program not to mention the suspect’s name — but the show went ahead and used it.

Cannot believe @meetthepress chose to use the bombers name instead of respect their guest. Had to walk off set crying. —
AdrianneHD (@AdrianneHaslet) April 11, 2014

NBC News spokeswoman Erika Masonhall says Haslet-Davis was due to take part in a roundtable discussion and had asked that the suspects’ names not be mentioned.

Masonhall says given the nature of the discussion, “Meet the Press” could not make that guarantee and regrets any distress caused by the miscommunication.

She says the NBC News president left a voicemail for Haslet-Davis apologizing for the confusion.

I feel so disrespected @meetthepress I asked politely yesterday and you said yes. Now you choose to use the name instead— AdrianneHD (@AdrianneHaslet) April 11, 2014

Let’s change the dialect to honor the survivors and not focus on the criminals. Shame on you @meetthepress — AdrianneHD (@AdrianneHaslet) April 11, 2014

Since losing her foot in the marathon bombings on April 15 last year, Haslet-Davis has become a public advocate for those affected by the attacks, asking that people refer to her as a “survivor” rather than a “victim.”

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