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Rachel Maddow Airs Newtown Sign Telling Media To Go Away (VIDEO)

12/11/2013 10:36 am ET | Updated Jan 23, 2014

Rachel Maddow made it very clear on Wednesday why the media should respect the wishes of Newtown officials and residents and "stay away" from the town's first anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting.

Maddow showed viewers this sign, which was hung in Newtown the day the 911 tapes from the massacre were released:

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The sign, which was posted anonymously, puts into words what some Newtown residents have been feeling in the days leading up to the anniversary.

The MSNBC host has been vocal about her stance against the release of the 911 tapes, asserting that they have "no news value" and should not have been played publicly.

On Tuesday, Maddow called out CBS News and Fox News, who chose to release the tapes despite Newtown's request.

"They decided to broadcast the tapes essentially for their entertainment value," Maddow said. "We have a free press. Every news outlet makes its own decisions about what it wants to broadcast and what is decent and what its anchors and its executives can live with when they wake up in the morning and look at themselves in the mirror."

Watch the video for the full segment.

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