Saturday, December 29, 2012

Big Lead sports blog and LoHud Yankee blog owned by Gannett, same parent co. as Journal News, publisher of personal information about gun permit holders. Journal News reporter who endangered innocent people has a nice house. Here's a picture

12/29/12, "NY newspaper plans to publish more gun owner names," Legal Insurrection, William A. Jacobson

"The publication of the names of gun permit holders by the NY Lower Hudson Journal News sparked controversy, including publication by a blogger (additional here) of equally personal yet publically available information about the editors and writers of the Journal News.

Now the Journal News is raising the stakes, announcing that it is compiling similar information for neighboring counties.

Reuters via HuffPo...: 

"A suburban New York newspaper  that sparked an uproar among gun enthusiasts by publishing names  and addresses of residents holding pistol permits is now  planning to publish even more identities of permit-toting  locals. 

Further names and addresses will be added as they become  available to a map originally published on Dec. 24 in the White  Plains, New York-based Journal News, the newspaper said.

The original map listed thousands of pistol permit holders in suburban Westchester and Rockland counties just north of New  York City.

Along with an article entitled “The gun owner next door:  What you don’t know about the weapons in your neighborhood,” the  map was compiled in response to the Dec. 14 shooting deaths of  26 children and adults in Newtown, Connecticut, editors of the  Gannett Corp.-owned newspaper said.
The next batch of names will be permit holders in suburban  Putnam County, New York, where the county clerk told the  newspaper it is still compiling information."

The Journal News thinks it’s good journalism to put people in danger, and to reveal personal details about people’s lives even though they have done nothing wrong.  And they’re going to do it again."...



Among "Publishing" properties listed is The Big Lead


Journal News owns Yankee blog:

"The Yankees LoHud blog"

"A New York Yankees blog by Chad Jennings and the staff of The Journal News"


12/27/12, "What You Don’t Know About the Agenda-Driven Journalists in Your Neighborhood," Rockland County Times, Dylan Skriloff


12/27/12, "Where The Journal News went wrong in publishing names, addresses of gun owners," Poynter.org, Al Tompkins

"Alternatives The Journal News could have considered"

"Here are some stories any newsroom could explore as part of publishing some version of a gun permit database.

If journalists could show flaws in the gun permitting system, that would be newsworthy. Or, for example, if gun owners were exempted from permits because of political connections, then journalists could better justify the privacy invasion.

If the data showed the relationship between the number of permits issued and the crime rates, that serves a public purpose. You would have to also look at income, population density, housing patterns, policing policies and more to really understand what is going on and why.

If a news org compared permit owners with a database of felony offenders in local counties, that could be a public service. Years ago I recall a Minneapolis TV station doing this and they found the state issuing hunting licenses to felons.

But none of those stories would require the journalist to name the names and include the home addresses of every permit holder. The mapping might be done by ZIP code or even by street.

I am not a big fan of the maps that show sex offenders, but at least there is a logical reason for posting them, even though the offenders often no longer live where the maps show them to be. And even when they do, how much risk do they pose? The maps can’t know that. The difference between the sex offender maps and the gun permit maps is that sex offenders have been convicted of a crime. The permit holders are accused of nothing."...








"Reporter who penned the story:

Dwight R. Worley, 23006 139 Ave
Springfield Gardens, NY 11413


photo via Free Republic

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