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More Media Outlets Say They Won't Come To Newtown on 12/14

NBC, NPR and the New York Times are among outlets who have said they will stay away on Saturday.

For weeks, Newtown residents and town officials have asked the news media to stay home on Saturday, Dec. 14, from First Selectman Pat Llodra to a MoveOn.org petition that received more than 2,700 signatures.

Now many state and national outlets are reporting they'll do just that.

Hartford-based CBS affiliate station WFSB may have been the first to announce, following an interview with First Selectman Pat Llodra by WFSB host Dennis House.

"As we approach the somber anniversary of the mass shooting inside Sandy Hook Elementary School, Channel 3 Eyewitness News has made the decision to stay out of Newtown that day out of respect for the community," the station wrote in a statement on their website.

A partial list, according to The Washington Post: CNN, NPR, PBS, The New York Times, NBC News, ABC News, Fox News, USA Today and the Post itself will not report from Newtown on Dec. 14.

The Associated Press has said it will have reporters in Newtown on Saturday, according to the Post. CBS News told the New York Times they plan to come to Newtown, but will "have the smallest footprint possible."

"We don’t want to be intrusive, but we're confident we can report the story and not get in the way," said CBS Special Events Director Tim Gaughan.

"NO MEDIA" signs have gone up in parking lots across Sandy Hook and Newtown, including outside Newtown United Methodist Church, St. Rose of Lima and Church Hill Road in Sandy Hook. In addition, Sandy Hook's two largest shopping-accessible parking lots will be closed to media.

"There’s an emotional component to our request for media to stay away," said Llodra. "Our village was harmed almost irreparably by this chokehold media traffic had on us because of buying power of those shops ... To be reminded in such a stark way is not something we need from media. We lived this every day."

Police Chief Michael Kehoe said police have prepared an operation plan to keep traffic moving in Newtown and the village of Sandy Hook as smoothly and rapidly as possible.

"We don’t want to see the logjams we had," he said. "Our emphasis is on trying to keep a normal traffic pattern. We will have operational plans and people in place. There will be parking restrictions, officers in the field and you’ll see a unique law enforcement presence."
Marabeth Pereira December 13, 2013 at 07:36 AM
I'll admit, this brought tears to my eyes. Personally, I deeply appreciate the compassion being shown by those members of the press who are respecting the wishes of our town.
Lauryn Hutchinson December 13, 2013 at 09:26 AM
When did our town become the leading edge on the never ending battle of loosing Constitutional rights? I am quiet scared with what local LE considers "a unique law enforcement presence." Police Chief Michael Kehoe. Instead of going after Constitutional Amendments one at a time, first the 2nd, now onto the 1st, why not write them off wholesale? I suggest we burn a whole block, if we give up on Amendments 1-10 all at once we clean up the nasty business of the Bill of Rights. Seriously though, I have a 20-30 car paved parking lot in Sandy Hook, if the press need someplace to do their JOB shoot me an email, lau.a.hutchinson@gmail.com. Hubby says he will provide the coffee.
Paul Alexander December 13, 2013 at 09:29 AM
Now THAT is the kind of old fashioned, traditional Yankee in-your-face push back Connecticut needs to draw on more often and execute more of. Re-direct all this push back energy to Hartford and maybe things in CT will begin to improve.
Alex Shamar December 13, 2013 at 09:36 AM
It seems Organizing for Action doesn't care -- http://twitchy.com/2013/12/02/ofa-ghouls-organizing-newtown-anniversary-events/
Pgmr9 December 13, 2013 at 09:43 AM
they put themselves in the news Everyday for the past year, and NOW they want to be left alone
RS0361 December 13, 2013 at 01:28 PM
Do you hear yourselves? Step back for just one moment and ask yourselves….if your 6 year old was murdered in the same unspeakable way one year ago, would your ranting on this blog sound the same? Vitriol-dripping attacks on people at their most vulnerable. Whether you are a legal gun owner or not. Would the image of your own child temper your words? What would it take for you stop lashing out from a place of anger to create a more civilized dialogue; To instead create a rational forum for the discussion of the views of each side? Has anyone even tried that?
Lauryn Hutchinson December 13, 2013 at 03:22 PM
I wish I had the time, I would go person by person with the names of the people who were directly involved to see how many of them were in the news just last week, just a few come to mind, Nicole Hockley, Erica Hochsprung, Jeremy Richman, Pat Llodra, Robert Weiss, Michael Kehoe and of course Danny Malloy. Its a classic case of "Look at me" ... but wait ... if I say don't look at me I will get more attention. Now "don't look at me". When it is back to Christmas they will be back in front of the camera.
RS0361 December 13, 2013 at 03:51 PM
These people were grieving. I'm simply saying there may be a better way of conducting this debate than spewing compassionless rants every time a story about 12/14 is published. And I'll certainly "humor" you with an answer. My cell phone remains out of my reach while I am in my car. I agree with the research that maintains using a cell phone while driving is a distraction that can lead to death. And I emphasize that to every young person I know.
RS0361 December 13, 2013 at 03:54 PM
One more thing Cosmo. Has it ever dawned on you that the Constitution was written 300 years ago. And that perhaps, PERHAPS, there are parts of it that may no longer be relevant.
Lauryn Hutchinson December 13, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Alponso, take a deep breath. I know one way to prevent school shootings ... get rid of the schools! Now there is a reasonable solution.
COSMO P December 13, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Why are my posts being removed???
COSMO P December 13, 2013 at 07:44 PM
How does one keep guns away from NUT JOBS Mr Dibello. The criminals clearly can get them rather easily!!!
COSMO P December 13, 2013 at 07:47 PM
Young people do not listen. Or Didn't You Know that 361
Tony December 13, 2013 at 07:59 PM
Alphonso, nancy provided him with guns. How do u suggest we prevent those types of actions? Also...how do u decide who and who is not mentally fit. There is now way to prevents gun violence. As far as the schools, our best option is to have a police presence and provide our teachers with the tools to protect our children. Ie. keys to lock door, simple lockdown notification, maybe tazers. I have two kids at HOM and I find fault with Nancy and the lack of real security features at SHES. Listen to the 911 tapes...one teacher called in saying she had students in her class but no way to lock her door.
Tony December 13, 2013 at 09:48 PM
Chao.He got his guns from his mother. How do prevent that from happening? Do you ban caregivers and parents of the mental ill from barring arms as well?
roger December 14, 2013 at 08:12 PM
it is hard to prevent the incident, due to the mother had a valid permit, and the son lived like a hermit
roger December 14, 2013 at 08:20 PM
if a teacher called in saying she couldn't lock door, whos job was it to give her one, who was in charge of security.

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