The cable news networks are proceeding with caution as they decide whether to air the 911 tapes of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which were released at 2pmET after a lengthy court battle.
“This is an extraordinarily difficult story to cover today. The release of the 911 tapes obviously extremely sensitive,” CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin, who covered the shooting from Newtown, said at the top of the 2pmET hour. “We are fully aware of that at CNN. Behind closed doors right now, our editorial teams are evaluating whether these 911 calls are newsworthy for airing on television, which portions we will choose to air for you today.”
On MSNBC, Tamron Hall said NBC News is “choosing not to air them out of respect for the families and the sensitivity of the issue.” On Fox News, Gretchen Carlson said the tapes were being reviewed “to decide whether they are appropriate for air.”
In a strange twist of events, another school shooting — at West Orange High School in Winter Garden, Fla. — was reported during the 2pmET hour. Shepard Smith reported on the ongoing situation from the Fox News Deck moments after Carlson reported on the release of the Newtown 911 tapes.
>More: Fox News aired a portion of the recordings at the top of the 3pmET hour. “Fox News will not be airing the most gut-wrenching moments from those calls,” Smith said. “…We and our managers have listened to all the recordings that came in that day and out of respect for the victims we will be very sensitive with we do put on Fox News Channel and across all of our platforms throughout the day and in the days to come.”
On CNN, national correspondent Deborah Feyerick described some of the moments from the recordings.
ABC News and NBC News guidance for airing the recordings is after the jump. Read more