What You Don’t Know About the Agenda-Driven Journalists in Your Neighborhood

 

Gannett Gracia Martore

 

” It’s not the first time the Journal News had published names of gun permit holders. They also did so in 2006. A handful of other papers around the country have done this in recent years, as well. News network CNN interviewed The Poynter Institute, a school for journalists, about the story.

“Publishing gun owners’ names makes them targets for theft or public ridicule. It is journalistic arrogance to abuse public record privilege, just as it is to air 911 calls for no reason or to publish the home addresses of police or judges without cause,” Al Tompkins, a Poynter senior faculty member, said in a statement. “Unwarranted publishing of the names of permitted owners just encourages gun owners to skip the permitting.”

 

 

Gannett Caryn McBride

 

 

 

A statement was made on the Journal News’ Facebook page from Publisher Janet Hasson defending the action.

Hasson said, “Frequently, the work of journalists is not popular. One of our roles is to report publicly available information on timely issues, even when unpopular. 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.” ”

 

 

 

Gannett Janet Hassan

 

 

 

 

Gannett CynDee Royle

 


Reporter who penned the story
:
Dwight R. Worley, 23006 139 Ave
Springfield Gardens, NY 11413

718-527-0832

Visual editor who made the interactive map:
Robert F. Rodriguez
420 Riverside Dr, Apt 7A
New York, NY 10025-7748
212-222-4566

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