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Use of 911 audios shows Day's misplaced priorities

Terry Holcombe Old Lyme

Publication: The Day

Published 12/09/2013 12:00 AM
Updated 12/06/2013 05:38 PM

Fred Friendly, a major pioneer in broadcasting, colleague of Edward R. Murrow, winner of 10 Peabody awards, a staunch defender of the First Amendment, and incidentally a Rhode Island native, had it right. To paraphrase, newspapers (now the media) spend an enormous amount of time in vigorous discussion of what they have a right to print, and virtually none on what is right to print. There is no better example of this than the front page box directing readers to The Day website to "listen to the 911 recordings," (Dec. 5), "Urgent voices, building tension striking in Newton 911 calls."

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