Feeling deceived, Boston Marathon bombing sur­vivor Adri­anne Haslet-​​Davis stormed off the set of NBC’s Meet the Press in protest and in tears. Report­edly, she had agreed to appear on air so long as the names of the alleged bombers would not be men­tioned during the broad­cast, only to learn that the promise had been broken.

Surely, we can sym­pa­thize with Haslet-​​Davis’ point of view. The bombing one year ago today, in which the 33-​​year-​​old dance instructor lost her foot and hun­dreds more were injured or killed, was an unspeak­able crime, so much so that the names of those believed to have mas­ter­minded the attack should be unspeak­able. Of course, it is per­haps a stretch for Haslet-​​Davis to expect a news pro­gram, while com­mem­o­rating the anniver­sary of the hor­rific event, would not once iden­tify the sus­pected bombers by name. How­ever, the out­raged woman is absolutely right in terms of what the focus should be into the future.

What­ever the extent to which NBC and other national out­lets choose to refer to the sus­pected ter­ror­ists, patently gra­tu­itous are the count­less pho­tographs and videos of the two explo­sions and their imme­diate after­math, high­lighting muti­lated limbs and terror-​​filled faces of stunned spec­ta­tors. In addi­tion to the graphic scenes of destruc­tion, on-​​camera inter­views asking folks to recall where they were, what they saw, and how they felt at 2:49p.m. last April 15 empha­size the wrong story, that of injury rather than recovery.

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