NBC Today Show – TV Schedule

Ok, I’ve got the info for those of you who are interested in watching the Today Show interview tomorrow. We’ve been bounced all over NYC today and had the opportunity to meet with the producers, etc. I don’t have a lot of time to blog right this moment, but I did want to take the time to share with you what’s going on so you could watch if you wanted to.

TV Schedule:

The schedule is shown at the actual time here in the US, regardless of the time zone. So if it’s 7:30 AM Eastern, then it will be on NBC west coast at 7:30 AM pacific too. Get it? No need to figure what time it airs in your area.

Date: 3/7/2012 (almost 1 month to the day since it all happened)

Channel: NBC/ NBC HD

Online: NBC is taking questions online for viewers who want to ask questions  (not comments… questions) to be read later on the show. If you’d like to post your question to NBC, you can do so at: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/46633297/ns/today-today_people/t/have-question-dad-who-shot-his-daughters-laptop/

NBC will have producers aggregating questions so they can see which questions trend the most and then they will know which ones to ask us. So, if you have something you want to ask, do so anytime between now and tomorrow morning at 8:00 AM at the link above.

7:30 AM Today Show: Our segment airs first thing tomorrow morning at 7:30. Amy, Hannah, and myself will be there, being interviewed by Matt Lauer.

9:15 AM We’re coming back on the Today Show at about 9:15 AM to respond to the questions submitted online and hopefully to share a little of our points of view on some of this. Not sure how long this segment will be, but I hope you can catch it!

10:00 PM We’re coming back over to NBC to to Rock Center with Brian Williams at 10 PM. From what the producers tell me, we will be the first segment of the evening, so it’ll be right at 10:01 PM or so. Hope you can catch it.

Unknown: I’m not sure of the timing of the MSNBC segment or the Weekend Today segment yet. We’re still working those out. I’ll update this blog post as soon as I know more. Keep an eye on http://8minutesoffame.com/tvschedule/ for more info.

I’d love to stay and chat more right now, but I’ve promised NBC I’d do a blog post on the Today show blog so I have to get that started. They’ll publish it tomorrow sometime.

Thanks so much for all of you who have kept us in your prayers! Keep us there for a couple more days. There’s a lot to do and a small amount of time to do it all, so we’re scrambling up here in NYC today. I’ll write more soon.

Until next time… have a good day y’all.



21 thoughts on “NBC Today Show – TV Schedule

  1. Why are you putting Hannah on Television? So far she has been anonymous and somewhat protected from the consequences. What is the benefit to her of putting her on television?

    • Wow how I relate so much to this man.. I help run a youth group and many times every word this man has said I wish I could have said…Dr Phil and so many other ratings hungry (TV actors) should be held accountable for making todays society what it is.. Oh I forgot they will be thanks to God…of coarse we all will be but I think I will stick a lot more closer to the ten comandments.. I would assume that I to will be blackballed for my comments but hey we need to stick together for the truth..

  2. Hey Tommy! You are AMAZING!! I’ll tell you flat out, my name is not Betsy Louis. Lol. I am in 6th grade and I know if I do something I’m not supposed to, I will get punished and can accurately measure the extremity of it, so Dr. Phil REALLY needs to get a clue on reality here. What your daughter did was wrong, I think we all get it(: But everything that you do- standing ground against media, punishing your daughter, telling Dr. Phil that he’s (Obviously, even to a 6th grader!!) WRONG- I admire. I support what you did completely, though I think it was bad that 31Mil. saw it. I wish I could watch the today show and everything, but with school, it’s impossible! I hope when I get to growing up, my generation will mature by then.
    This IS coming from a sixth grader, and you may find it surprising a young person is with you on it.
    –Best wishes, luck, and support,
    (Not) Betsy(:

  3. What do the parents of Hannah Friend’s and Hannah friend’s
    themselves think of Tommy reading their private emails.

    Would Tommy like another parent, reading his
    daughter’s email’s?

    What say their is some emails from Hannah’s friend’s
    to Hannah containing some personal information about
    their love life, would Tommy still read on??

    • Brian,
      I’m not Tommy, I don’t know him personally, and I’m not speaking for him, but as a mother who agrees 100% with everything he’s said and done since this whole thing started, I can tell you what MY rationale was when my kids were younger. I very strongly believe that privacy is for rational, law-abiding, consenting adults and does not apply to the children we are responsible for until they become adults and leave our homes. As far as I’m concerned, once you contact my child about ANYTHING, that contact becomes MY business. I don’t care if you are their friend, a relative, another parent, a teacher, or a stranger. It is my responsibility as a parent to protect them from the worst parts of society and, if necessary, protect society from the worst parts of the kids.

      By that, I mean no one is perfect and some kids just don’t have very good judgment, so they make completely irrational and irresponsible decisions sometimes. As a parent, it’s MY job to make sure my kids don’t run around disturbing the neighbors, make a nuisance of themselves in our community, or go out into the rest of the world without a sense of respect and responsibility for themselves and towards others. In order to do MY JOB as a parent, if I have to read their outgoing AND incoming email, their text messages or social media posts, and even the little notes they bring home from school, then that’s what I’m going to do!

      Quite frankly, I didn’t care if anyone communicating with my kids got upset about it. The kids knew these were the rules in my house and they didn’t mind telling their friends about it. The very few ‘friends’ they had that did have a problem with it usually didn’t stay around long. For example, I found a note a neighborhood boy had written my son while they were in school. He was aking my son to lie to me about where they were going after school and what they were going to be doing. My youngest son, who was about 11 at the time, wrote back that he wasn’t going to do that because lying in my house generally resulted in a worse punishment than whatever they were doing. After I found the note, my son told me not to worry about it because he’d already told the kid he wasn’t welcome at our house anymore.

      When the youngest of three boys has the sense to make that kind of decision BEFORE I find out about it, I consider it a sign that I’m doing my job the way it needs to be done.

        • So then the answer is you have no problems with another adult reading your daughters private emails, and the parents of your daughters friends or the friends themselves have no problem with you doing this. Also you have no problem reading a email of Hannah’s friends, if they are getting a bit personal, talking about their boyfriend issues or something, you would read on????

          Im guessing nbc didn’t ask those questions.

          You don’t feel a bit strange, if one of hannah’s friends were saying something teenage thing like “hes a good kisser, etc etc”

          You feel quite okay with reading something personal like that???

          Would you go as far to bug one of Hannah’s friends room or something like that, just to make sure, nothings up.

          Yes, its okay to make sure that the friends of your daughters aren’t getting Hannah into anything illegal, but personally I find it creepy that you think you have the right to read a 15 year old girls email that is not your daughter who isnt up to no good.

          I also cant believe other parents would think this is okay.

          Each to their own I guess.

          • Brian,

            If I might answer you again… I most certainly did NOT have any issues with other parents reading anything my kids sent to their kids. Or, more accurately, I WOULDN’T have had any issues if the other parents had taken it upon themselves to do that. Either my kids never wrote anything that ticked off another parent, or they never wrote anything like that at all, because I never heard any complaints. Why would I, or any responsible parent, have an issue with another parent doing the same thing I’m doing? If I did have an issue, that would be quite hypocritical and I try very hard NOT to be a hypocrite. And did you miss the part where I said, “Quite frankly, I didn’t care if anyone communicating with my kids got upset about it”? That applies to the second part of that first question.

            As far as ‘personal’ information goes, I read some of the most pornographic things I’ve ever seen in my life while checking up on my oldest son. He was 15 at the time. The girl writing the pornography was 16. It prompted me to have a chat with my son about the importance of birth control and protection from STDs. Was he embarrassed? Absolutely. Hell, I was a 36 year old married woman with three kids and “I” was embarrassed by some of the things that little girl said. Did he get over it? Absolutely. What did she think? I have no idea because I didn’t ask, and I didn’t really care anyway. I can say I never found anything like that in my sons stuff again, and he continued to date the girl for several more months.

            As far as bugging another kids room – don’t be assinine. I would never consider violating another ADULT’S home, and I seriously doubt Tommy would either. If I had such serious doubts about another child’s actions, I just wouldn’t allow my kid to go back there. Life really is a lot simpler when you actually have control of your children. You can simply say, “NO!” when they ask, and that takes care of a wide variety of potential issues.

            The last part of your comment REALLY struck a nerve with me (that’s putting it mildly): “I find it creepy that you think you have the right to read a 15 year old girls email that is not your daughter who isnt up to no good.” First of all, I have THE RIGHT to any and all information that might affect my kids in any way, shape, or form. I don’t care if that information comes from another kid, the president, or Jesus himself. They are MY responsibility and I have THE RIGHT to anything that might be relevent in their lives. No matter how you phrase the question, that will ALWAYS be my answer. Period.

            Second of all, and I don’t know how anyone else is reading it, but I think you’re getting real close to crossing the line by even alluding to an implication that Tommy might be “creeping” on teenaged girls. He’s a concerned father, not a creepy stalker. There are at least four times in your comment where this happens. I’ve also seen it in a couple other comments by you. Not cool, dude. REAL men can protect their women, no matter what age they are, without having ulterior motives that are less than honorable.

  4. Mr. Jordan, I disagree with some of what you’ve said and done (don’t worry, this isn’t a hate post). I disagree with spanking, I disagree with guns, and I disagree with your political views. However, I really admire how you’ve handled your sudden fame. It’s easy to see that you have a lot of integrity and honesty and are a devoted father. I applaud you for staying true to who you are and not sacrificing the integrity of yourself or your family. I’ll just agree to disagree on the other stuff. 😉 Best wishes to you and your family.

  5. Tommy read his daughter’s email. No-one elses. He called no names. This was between him and his daughter. Hanna’s friends parents probably did read her email,embarassing the hell out of tommy. Hats off to Tommy. I’d do the same thing he did. Ted (who has a 16yr old daughter

    • If he is reading his daughter facebook posts, then he is reading her friends facebook posts, if he is going into her inbox then he is seeing messages written to her, if he is going into her sent box he is seeing messages written be her.

  6. Missed the 7:30.. its been crazy with the tornado last week, sick goat, and kids sports all starting, so I sort of slept in unintentionally. We’re tuned in for the 9:15 🙂 You’re a good man and a good dad to take a stand 🙂

  7. Lorie:

    I wasnt talking about teenagers sending pornographic images to each other, I was talking about one teenage girl sending messages to one of her girlfriends about her relationship with one of her boyfriends,(you know girly stuff like, hes a good kisser, etc etc etc) I personally find that creepy that an adult would think he has the right to read the content of a message that is not one of his kids, and would cause no harm to his kid, just a message thats the normal teenage girl talk.

    In no way do I think that Tommy Jordan is a perv or stalker, I just find it creepy that he is reading it, I mean does he feel uncomfortable reading about a 15 year old girl who is not his daughter, private life???

    • Brian,

      I apologize if I took your comments the wrong way. It just seems to me that you are concentrating on the wrong thing here. Just to clear something up, I didn’t see pornographic pictures sent between teenagers. I read a very graphically written note from a young girl to my younger son. Did it make me uncomfortable? Yes, and not just because of what was written, but because this young girl admitted to acting in a way that was totally irresponsible and was putting MY son in danger.

      Had I stopped reading the note after the first sentence because it was “personal” or “private”, I would have missed the part where she referred to MORE THAN ONE of her ex-lovers, and then went on to say that she hated condoms. A 16 year old girl describing her sexual exploits is not something that interests me. The fact that she admitted to doing those things with SEVERAL other boys BEFORE she met my son, and that she liked that they didn’t wear a condom, DOES interest me because it has a direct effect on MY son.

      Do you find it creepy that I continued to read this girl’s note to my son? Again, your comment here irritates me because you simply don’t understand the REAL point: “… an adult would think he has the right to read the content of a message that is not one of his kids…” A PARENT HAS, NOT ONLY THE RIGHT, THEY HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO KEEP HIS OR HER KIDS SAFE AND OUT OF TROUBLE. It doesn’t matter who the email is from. It doesn’t matter what it says. If the parent doesn’t read the entire thing, there’s no way to know if the writer is doing anything that might “cause harm to [their] kid”. If this happens to embarrass the writer, the recipient, or the parent who reads it… Well, life is tough sometimes but you do what you have to do.

      Again, I apologize if I misunderstood the intent of your comments.

      • Hey Lorrie, no I wasnt saying you view pornographic pictures,so sorry for the confusion, if I was a better writer I could put my thoughts clearer. I also tend to rush through messages boards, without thinking what the person actually wrote.

        What that girl did was wrong and a parent has the right and responsibility to keep their kids safe. My point is if the friend of Hannah is just talking the usual girly stuff about her boyfriend, perhaps its best not to read on and respect the privacy.

        Thanks and sorry for the confusion.

  8. To all:

    Like most, I have been waiting to see what the outcome was going to be once I saw the video. I wanted to wait until now to share my thoughts on the matter. So here goes…

    When I was growing up, we were expecting to read books, play with our friends, or be outside for exercise. We didn’t own a computer. computers were still new. The first one I ever saw was in the middle school library. It was a big deal to finally own a PC — — a privilege really. I love most technology and look forward to new gadgets each year. I grew up knowing that privileges can be taken away. While rights are something that can never be taken away.

    Over the years, I’ve noticed that as technology changes, our ability to communicate changes as well. I have become generally dismayed over the level of communication that has been replaced by technology. Sometimes I think we have become too dependent on the convenience it creates. We all have become so overwhelmed by the busyness of responsibility that we have to rely on this technology to communicate feelings — good or bad. It’s disappointing. More recently I have seen things such as breaking up with someone via text message, and marriage proposals or family death announcements via Facebook — very tacky and rude when!!

    I applaud the Jordan family for taking a stand and expecting more from kids. The video response to such rude, and public display of emotion was appropriate– for the most part. The only thing I would have done differently is the choice of weapon. I would have taken a sledgehammer to the laptop instead but I understand there were strong emotions involved at the time. I also learned a huge lesson growing up — — people do their best for who they are at any given moment and this was the case here. I most appreciate the fact that this experience has opened up a national dialogue that needs to happen. Some parents spent so much time trying to be their child’s “friend,” they forget they are the “parents.”

    Out of the many things I learned growing up… my father taught me that I have a voice. It’s my responsibility to use that voice to advocate for those unable to speak. I am not a parent but you are Mr. Jordan. This experience may not have been what you intended it to be but I believe things happen for a reason and now there is a chance to make a positive change. The national dialogue created through this experience will hopefully help others see the impact of social media on communication as well as helping kids learn the responsibility that comes with being an adult. Thank you Jordan family for being brave under all of the scrutiny. May it continue…


  9. So I have like mos of you followed this from the start and have kept quiet. UNTIL NOW!!!! first of Tommy I find you to be amazing my now 16yr old son (who coincidentally turned 16 FEB 8th) has seen your video. He is the male version of Hannah excluding fb posts against mom.

    This is to Brian
    Iam with Lori it is our DUTY as parents to be checking on our children!!! My son has been taught since he was 11 years old privacy does not exist for you!!! If you want the priviledge of playing on xbox live, send email, chat via messenger or fb or text I WILL READ EVERYTHING and yes eavesdrop!!!!
    It is because of this lack of privacy I found out last spring 2 boys were trying to hire a hitman to MURDER my son at school.
    Are you gonna tell me I was wrong in saving him????
    I would have never known about this plot if I had not taken his cell phone and read some nasty hateful text messages between my son and another boy. At which point I contacted this childs mother and read her the graphic disgustingly crude things they were saying to each other. She went to the high school seized her sons cell phone and read where her and some other boy were planning the hit man. So I whole heeartedly disagree with you. Are you even a parent? How old are your kid or kids if so? If you are a parent I feel sorry for the day your choice of ignorance comes back to bite you in the bahookie

  10. Tommy, my response is too long, but contains:” … I support what you’ve done and are continuing to do. You see, I’ve spent a large portion of my career employing, training and working with younger people – as well as older ones. I’ve worked with kids who have come from structured families and educations as well as those who’ve come from backgrounds that are less so. You can read my apologetically long full reply on my oft neglected blog if you like: http://www.maxsreceptacle.com/2012/03/respect-tommy-j-respect.html

  11. G’day Tommy,

    I’ve just watched this clip and I’ve been following your family’s adventures since the first viral wave and I have been discussing it with my own father and some colleagues and friends.
    In this clip you discuss respect. More specifically, stating that kids need to respect their parents. I tend to think of it as you need to demand respect from your kids. Now, by this I don’t mean that you yell at them and say “YOU WILL RESPECT ME” because I don’t think that works. You can’t force someone to respect you.

    I’m 38 and have no kids of my own, (although I did date a woman who had three young children for over a year) so you might think that I can’t understand where you’re coming from, but believe me, I support what you’ve done and are continuing to do. You see, I’ve spent a large portion of my career employing, training and working with younger people – as well as older ones. I’ve worked with kids who have come from structured families and educations as well as those who’ve come from backgrounds that are less so.

    You are correct in saying that respect is the key, but as I said, it must be demanded. It is demanded by what you say and how you act. And, more specifically, how you follow through. She may not have liked you or what you did, but you demanded your daughter’s respect when you followed though after your warning to her if her behaviour and actions continued. It appears to me that you have regained some respect for your daughter with how she has handled herself through all this.

    It appears to me that it is this respect that is missing throughout most of Gen Y; they seem to have an unwarranted sense of entitlement. In seeking to employ people from this generation, many in their first jobs, I look for people who have that respect for others. Not because I have a desire to be worshipped (far from the truth … that’s never likely to happen!) but because when you gain employment you will be working with other people and you will need to respect and work towards the common goals as laid out by the company you are working for – yes even if you get a job where you work from home.

    Chances are that when you’re at home being raised by your parents and normally sharing common DNA, the common goals can be clearly identified and shared. Your family might insist that all dishes are cleaned, there is never a dirty dish on the bench and the house should always look like a display home or your family might be okay with the place being a bit messy as long as the garden is always well tended. When one person does not show respect for the others and allows things to slip you can see the results and you don’t like it. In your example, how would Hannah like it if no one did the dishes and she couldn’t find a clean plate to eat from? The point is that when you get a job, you will need to work towards the goals that are set out by the company who is paying you … and the chances are you will not want to do a large number of things, and you may philosophically disagree with some tasks assigned to you.

    What chance will you have of remaining employed if you have not learnt how to respect others? What would happen if one were to say “but I don’t like vacuuming the floor, I’ve never had to do it at home”, or “but I don’t want to have to sell and ask customers for their money, it feels like I’m being pushy, I just want to chat to the customers when they come in”. Keep whining like that and see how long it is before an employer like myself will keep you on – regardless if you actually do the task at hand or not. You will have shown neither your boss nor your co-workers any respect, and then they will make the subconscious link that you don’t want to be there and will probably assume that when left to your own devices you will stop working.

    Despite having worked for specialty retailers with a mid to high end price ranges and customer bases, when I have employed junior staff, I have looked to people who are currently employed in large chain fast food or cheaper discount variety stores where they have strict codes, policies and procedures. In these environments they either learn a work ethic or don’t survive. I need all employees to have this work ethic and the ability to get on with the job and work towards the company’s goals at all times, in their actions and their attitude. This work ethic is how employees show respect for their employers – and it’s generally rewarded with either career advancement for permanent staff members or additional shifts for casual team members. I rarely have time to work closely enough with first timers in order to instill that work ethic, so I need them to have it. If they don’t have that background, I will look at how articulate they are, how open they are to the general duties they will perform, and if they seem respectful. If they are respectful, not just to me, but how they conduct themselves with the other employees they meet before and after the interview, I can read into that they might just be a team player that will want to work for me, my way, not just have fun and collect a pay check.

    I noticed that the company that offered your daughter the job got some backlash for offering her the waitressing job. You know what? If you lived in Australia, I would consider giving Hannah a job as well. The reason being is that through all this and despite some teenage rebellious public comments, I could see that she has grown up in an environment where respect is key. Employing junior staff members sometimes means dealing with their parents, and as a fair but firm employer, I would know that when she comes home and complains about the menial tasks she had to perform (because she would, they mostly do!) it would be discussed in such a way that would be supportive of her needing to do these tasks as part of having a job and proving that she’s worthy of her employment.
    And this is where your comment in this clip regarding parents being their kid’s friend as opposed to, well their parent comes in. If you and I were to have a beer at the pub and I was to say to you that “man, work sucks right now, all this shit I’ve got to do … I just hate it!”, I would expect that you would say something along the lines of “y’know man, you don’t have to put up with that shit, sounds horrible, so what’re you going to do?”. And that would be reasonable.

    But just say that this is a conversation between a child and parent, and the same response was given because the adult wants to be friends first and foremost. What does the child learn from the conversation? It is the child of the “friend” parent who I am afraid of employing. I have had this type of parent come in to see me at the beginning or end of the shift and actually let me know that this type of menial work should not be done by their precious one. Why don’t I hire a cleaner to vacuum the floor? (my response “Well, in a way, I already do employ one because “general housekeeping” is in your child’s job description” rarely goes down well said parent, but I always let them know that their child was given a copy and they can look it over if they haven’t lost it somehow!) This type of parent has lost the opportunity to discuss life lessons such as: you will nearly always have a boss and they will have you do tasks you don’t want to do or, why don’t you ask around and talk to your friends about what they have to do at their jobs. A proper parent will let their kid know that, yup, having a job is work, that’s why it’s not called fun.

    I think it’s these underlying reasons that your daughter was offered work as a result of your original clip and it’s why someone like me would willingly interview her if we were in the same hemisphere.
    I’ve had employees, employers, “friends” and non-immediate family members who have failed to treat me with, and I can only therefore assume others, any respect what so ever in recent times and I guess it is these experiences that has prompted this reply. I’ve coined a phrase of sorts “You don’t have to actually respect me, but would it kill you to show me a little?”

    So, as a non-parent who can look at what you’re saying and you’re actions objectively, here’s the point of this rather lengthy reply: As an employer, the way you raise your child will affect their employability and also if they can remain in gainful employment. Teach your kids how to respect (or at the very least show it) others and those senior to them. This will lead to them finding respect for themselves. Then they will find they have a need to live up to and become this respectful person. This will open them up to deciding which of their peers are deserving of their respect. In turn, they become useful members of society who are able to show authority figures respect, before they question if they deserve it. They will now have a moral compass to help them in this decision. But from my stand point: They are employable because they are likely to be “workers” who will do their very best in helping my business succeed.

    Some people expect to be respected regardless if they’ve earned it, others will demand respect by their actions and the way they carry themselves. Tommy, you demand respect and have mine.


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