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Families cancel NBC appearances, networks pull back

On the Today Show Thursday morning: “We had planned to speak to some family members of victims (of the Virginia Tech shooting) this morning but they canceled their appearances because they were very upset with NBC for airing the images,” said Today host Meredith Vieira. We have a swirling debate over the issue here.

Update: NBC, MSNBC and other networks said they will pull back on using the video going forward, yet NBC News defended how it handled the story. “The decision to run this video was reached by virtually every news organization in the world, as evidenced by coverage on television, on Web sites and in newspapers,” NBC said in a statement. “We have covered this story — and our unique role in it — with extreme sensitivity, underscored by our devoted efforts to remember and honor the victims and heroes of this tragic incident.” Meanwhile, Fox News said it would no longer show the video at all.

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