Adrianne Haslet-Davis is one of more than 260 people who were injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Since the bombing, Haslet-Davis has capture the attention of the world not only because she's a survivor, but because she vowed to return to dancing despite losing a leg in the blasts. According to an article by Yahoo! News published on Sunday, April 13, Haslet-Davis was set to be featured on NBC's “Meet the Press,” but walked out after she reportedly felt “disrespected” by the show and its staff.
Haslet-Davis reportedly posted a letter on her website addressed to “To whom it may concern” that explained exactly why she felt so “disrespected.” She explained that she made two request when agreeing to do the interview with “Meet the Press.” The first request she made was that the staff avoid using the names of the two men suspected of carrying out the bombings, and the second was that she be refereed to as a survivor and not a victim.
The letter went on to say that “Meet the Press” agreed to both of Haslet-Davis' terms, but backed out on their agreement minutes before taping was set to begin. Haslet-Davis explained that while “Meet the Press” was willing to refer to her as a survivor, they informed her they couldn't make a guarantee that one or both of the suspects names wouldn't be used during the interview.
Haslet-Davis explained that using the names of the suspects puts value on the name of men who “put a city in turmoil and caused irrevocable damage physically and emotionally to people of this city.” She said “Meet the Press” not only disrespected her, but also “disrespected the survivors of the bombing and the victims memories.”
The host of “Meet the Press,” David Gregory took to Twitter to issue an apology to Haslet-Davis. In this tweet Gregory said he was sorry Haslet-Davis was upset, and that she had a bad experience with “Meet the Press.” He added that he told Haslet-Davis that her comfort level was more important than “any show.”
Despite what Gregory says, reports indicate that “Meet the Press” did end up mentioning the names of the bombing suspects near the end of the segment.