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Final Word: I won't listen to Newtown 911 tapes

The Newtown 911 tapes were released Wednesday.

The school workers who called 911 that awful day last December have asked that the recordings NOT be made public, but a judge in Newtown decided he couldn't keep them under wraps any longer.

Various news organizations have rushed to issue their opinions on whether or not the tapes will be aired on their networks. It's been a very self-serving discussion, especially on CNN, where anchors went out of their way to say that they would take a listen and then decide "policy." In other words, decide if there is any newsworthiness to the audio.

Some say it's a way to determine the quality and speed of the response by local law enforcement. Was anyone questioning that Sandy Hook police didn't respond fast enough?

The families of the 6 and 7 year olds who were murdered that day also asked that the calls not be aired. Can you imagine if your 6 year old had been shot a year ago next week, how it would feel to hear these calls today?

Merry Christmas.

Look, there's nothing in the audio of the call that you couldn't glean from a transcript. No one is questioning the response time of the police or the Sandy Hook staff. The shooter killed himself and his enabling mother, so there's no need for a prosecution.

What are we gaining here? I'm not sure we gain anything.

I won't be listening. As hard as it will be, I will look away, turn the volume down and try to focus elsewhere.

As far as I am concerned, the Sandy Hook parents suffered the greatest loss possible that day in December. There's no need to listen to the calls for help from the people who tried hard to save their beautiful first graders, and could not.

About the Author

Karie Dozer is host of Arizona's Noon News.

She has been an on-air personality nearly continually since her college days. She loves radio because it is intelligent, immediate and almost always available.

She is the youngest of nine children from a Midwestern Catholic family where she learned to be heard, fight for a place at the table and find humor in almost everything. She was hired as a news intern while a senior at ASU's Cronkite School, and found that covering human stories like the OJ Simpson white Bronco chase and the 1992-93 Phoenix Suns was too much fun to pass up.

She loved life in the newsroom with all the action and crazy personalities to go with it. She anchored and covered some sports too, until politics dragged her away. She served as press secretary for Arizona's Attorney General Grant Woods for a five-year stint before jumping back to radio on a part-time basis. Three years ago she got back in the biz on a more regular basis as a midday host on what is now KTAR News. She has a passion for the breaking news of the moment, education, local politics, great food, sports and fitness. She has trouble turning down a good argument, a good book or a good glass of wine.

In her spare time she takes care of her boys, (husband Rich, son Jack, and yellow lab Buddy,) and bakes awesome chocolate chip cookies. She enjoys the quality of life the Valley offers her family and the natural beauty of Arizona. Her favorite places are golf courses, her own kitchen, the city of Flagstaff, and wherever her family is.

She considers herself lucky to work with the amazingly talented people of KTAR radio.


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