Friday, November 30, 2012
NBC Rock Center covers homeless families with children; Muslim pro football players who sacrifice to go to the hajj
On Thursday, November 29, 2012 NBC Rock Center (with Brian Williams) presented at least two controversial stories.
One concerned homeless families with children, including the Kennard family in Johnson City. TN, where both parents had worked at low-wage jobs and then the father became ill. Another woman described the difficulty of finding a homeless shelter that allowed husbands, wives and children to stay together.
The story is by Jessica Hopper, Tim Sandler and Cristina Boado.
Brian Williams stays this problem has not been as widespread since the Great Depression.
The broadcast also covered two pro football brothers, Husain and Hamza Abdullah, who gave up a year of their career for religious purposes to journey to Saudi Arabia for the hajj. Mary Carillo and Brian Brown told the story. During the week in Saudi Arabia, they stay in cramped tents next to poor people; all men are equal.
The men said that they were offended and shocked by the 9/11 attacks, and had no idea that they could even happen, and pointed out that many Muslims died in the attacks on the WTC.