Remember a little while back when our own Memphis newspaper took it upon itself to publish the names of gun holders? It caused an uproar.
Now Gannett’s Jounal News headquartered in White Plains, New York, decided they’d pull a stupid, too. They published an interactive map containing the names and addresses of all pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland Counties. No reason to, except that they wanted to and wanted to cause gun owners trouble.
Turnabout is fair play as they say and blogger Robert Cox at NewRochelleTalk.com has produced an interactive map at a post entitled “Where are the Journal News employees in your neighborhood?”
It contains names, addresses, and various forms of Internet presence.
According to Newsbusters:
The map indicates the addresses of all Journal News Employees in the New York Tri-State area. Each dot represents an individual Journal News employee — a reporter, editor or staffer. The data does not include freelancers — reporters or photographers — which can be hired without being an employee. Being included in this map does not mean the individual at a specific location is a responsible reporter or editor, just that they are a reporter or editor.
Data for all categories is included, but certain information is not available on an individual basis.
To create the map, Talk of the Sound submitted Google searches for the names and addresses of all Journal News employees in the New York Tri-State area. By state law, the information is public record.
Sorry, Journal News, but you can’t just walk all over the privacy rights of thousands of individuals and families and endanger everyone in your reading area in a blatant attempt to, by your own admission, capitalize on a school shooting tragedy — gun owners who might see their weapons stolen and non-owners who can now be considered “soft targets” — while automatically assuming that there will be no consequences.
Touche. Time to turn the tables on these “journalists” who are only “journalizing” for their own propagandistic beliefs.
Bet that puts an end to stunts like this.