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Nov 22 2013, 01:51 PM
Perhaps most of you weren't alive 50 years ago, I was a barely 20 year old new mother far away from home at that moment. I was watching a movie that was interrupted and was briefly upset for the interruption but then glued to the tv for 4 days watching this tragic event unfold. To most of you, it is just history. I met JFK in 1960 as a high school junior and he took time to come over to me and sign an autograph which I still have. Now back to our regularly scheduled program.
Personally, I'd feel the same way about this interruption even if I had been alive back then. I was alive to witness the 9/11 tragedy, and that doesn't make me consider interruptions to commemorate that anniversary any less annoying. I just feel that there's a time and a place for news, and that's during shows and on channels that are dedicated to delivering said news. There's certainly plenty of each. Preempting shows to deliver news is always inappropriate, IMO, regardless of the reason.

But that's just my opinion, and it has nothing to do with being disrespectful to any particular tragedy. It's just about being respectful to people who, for whatever reason, don't want to see said coverage, not to mention being respectful to the work that many people put into filming an episode that was meant to be seen in its entirety, not chopped up and interrupted midway through on the whims of network broadcasters.
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