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My Take - 911 Tapes

Last week, news departments around the country had to make a decision as whether or not to air audio of the Sandy Hook 911 tapes. The tapes were released after a year-long request from the associated press. WAFF 48 News felt there was no reason to air or make the audio available on-line. The families of the victims of the Newtown shootings made it clear publicly that they did not want the 9-1-1 tapes released.  Our news department along with most network and local  stations across the country saw no reason not to respect their wishes. The recordings did not bring to light any new information or insight into what happened. Airing them  would have only resulted in added distress for the victims' families. Every situation is different and there will be times when a 9-1-1 tape may bring new insight to a story.  But thankfully most news organizations made the right call by not making them available. 

I'm Vanessa Oubre, that's "My Take" what's yours?

If you'd like to respond to this editorial email mytake@waff.com.  Please include your name and the name of your town in your response.

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