Accuracy in Media

The president and publisher of the New York newspaper which created a stir by publishing the names and addresses of every gun owner in Westchester and Rockland counties, defended the paper’s actions to Politico yesterday by saying that it was important to do so in the wake of the Newtown shootings.

We knew publication of the database (as well as the accompanying article providing context) would be controversial, but we felt sharing information about gun permits in our area was important in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings

GunmapThe president, Janet Hasson added that their role is “to report publicly available information on timely issues, even when unpopular.”

That’s an understatement.  The paper which acquired the information through a Freedom of Information Act request,  and published the names and addresses in interactive maps, has received over 2,100 comments about their actions- almost all overwhelmingly negative .

Even though the information on gun ownership is publicly available, the Journal News badly misfired by not only publishing the names and addresses, but by taking the extra step of creating interactive maps, they made legitimate gun owners feel like they were being treated like sex offenders- which the paper has never published a list of, and sets up the homes as targets for thieves looking for weapons.

Exactly where was the hue and cry for this information?

The Journal News may claim that they did this because it was “important” in the wake of the Newton shootings, but in reality it was just an excuse to make  lawful gun owners feel like criminals and one of the worst examples of the liberal media’s anti-gun agenda.

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  • maybetoday777

    this is what Roman Catholic genocide preachers do like Joe Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Vladimir Lenin, Fidel Castro, Mussolini and the rest of them. They were all gun control advocates.

  • WallyHunter

    Huh! “Roman Catholic genocide preachers.” Whoa, we really do need to reopen the mental institutions for folks like you.

  • Hambone

    Did the Journal News perchance publish Chuckles Schumer’s license and residence information? Mikey Bloombasticburger’s? Just curious. Hey, how about DiFi’s?
    Nothing here, move on.

  • boysenberry

    What an idiot. Wonder if this guy has armed guards.

  • $2927880

    Hey moroon, they were not Roman Catholics, the were Communists. In case you didnt know, biig difference!

  • Maybe they did it so the criminals can find more gun free zones. Gun free zones are soft targets. I am sure the paper wanted to let everyone know where the gun free zones were. Why don’t they just put signs up at everyone s home. “Gun free Zone”, I am sure a thief would not carry his gun into the home with the “Gun Free Zone” sign. The other sign would say: “Armed and trained homeowner”. The thief would feel comfortable going to the home with the “Armed and trained homeowner” sign as he knows his weapons would be welcome. My sign would say “Armed and trained homeowner”, I am sure a thief would sure feel welcome when he heard the rack of a pump shotgun when he broke in, or the cocking of the hammers on a side by side, or the sliding of the action on a semi auto pistol, or maybe a lever action sound of the old style rifles. I know a thief would love to try to rob me. I am also sure they would feel unwelcome in the “gun free zones” as they know their gun would not be welcome.

  • Wonder how many subscribers to the newspaper cancelled their subscription. I would have.

  • You sir need to study history, they were communists and socialists, not Roman Catholic preachers. You must be a product of our current education system as you do not have a clue as to the various types of governments or religions.

    You are correct in that they banned guns and murdered many people who disagreed with the government. They were not highly religious people, but murderous dictators.

  • C. Funk

    If anything happens to these gun owners as a result of this arrogant, self-righteous b***h printing this information, I can see a LOT of lawsuits against this “newspaper”.

  • Alan

    If you remember the film Jurassic Park, one of the characters questioned the recreation of ancient, long gone species. Another character responded with “we can do it”, The first referenced character offered the following, as my memory serves. Yes, we can, but should we?

    And so it was with the newspaper. Yes, they could obtain and publish the data. Of course, this begs the question of should they have done so. In my opinion, if there is any question at all, they should not have published.

  • And now the devients also know where they live and since they are against gun ownership……………:D

  • Tsunagu

    I said it on a different news feed about the same report:
    What this newspaper did is OBSCENE.

  • fedupMan

    Start at a BILLION $ and get the nastiest lawyers and go for the papers THROAT. Start with the publishers and every one on the board with separate lawsuits. Pull a Prog stunt and protest in front of all their houses, better yet throw dog DODO on their steps. I think they did that to Karl Roves house and scared his kids that were at home.

  • Old Gal

    Understand there is a blogger who has published the names and addresses of all the employees of Journal News and posted on the internet. The newspaper’s actions are despicable.

  • Roberto Enrique Benitez II

    Let’s see, Stalin was born into a Georgian Orthodox family, Hitler into a Catholic family, Lenin to a Jewish family, Castro into a Catholic family, and Mao into a Buddhist family. However, all but Hitler became atheists. He was a Noric occult worshipper. Not one was ever a preacher or priest.

    However, please tell us, are you a progressive agent provocateur trying to make real conservatives look bad?

  • old foggie

    This was a public service to burglars; they now know which houses to avoid and which are easy marks.