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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