January 20, 2013 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Gun Control, Guns, Journalism, Liberals, Media Bias, New York, New York City, Progressives, Regulation, Warner Todd Huston, Washington Post | Comments Off
-By Warner Todd Huston
Now that the Journal News has removed the names and addresses of New York’s legal gun owners from its online map, at least one other newspaper is slamming the gun-outer for its “cowardice.”
In a Friday piece at the Washington Post, columnist Erik Wemple slammed the Journal News for its latest move in this gun owner-outing incident.
Wemple spared no effort to bash the statement issued by Journal News publisher Janet Hasson, calling it “cowardly” and ridiculing the conceit that New York paper used to justify its posting of the gun owner’s names and addresses in the first place.
Since the beginning of the controversy, the Journal News has used the “it’s our duty” argument to justify publishing the information. The paper maintained that a journalist’s job isn’t to be “popular” but is, rather, to, “report publicly available information on timely issues, even when unpopular.”
Wemple ridiculed this conceit.
It was that statement that the Journal News treated like a sit-com, re-running it over and over for whatever outside news organization happened to be calling. The newspaper’s statementology was a PR ploy to avoid having to answer difficult questions about the decision to publish. A New York Times reporter who insisted on showing up at the Journal News’s front door did managed to pierce the media denial, and in the process managed to show just how hastily the reporters and editors slapped the gun project together. Very, that is.
“Now we know that the silence from White Plains stemmed not from defiance and pride but from cowardice and jitters,” Wemple jabbed.
Wemple has not been supportive of the Journal News since the controversy began.
“The only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life, or better to endure it.”
Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, BigHollywood.com, and BigJournalism.com, as well as RightWingNews.com, RightPundits.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, AmericanDaily.com, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.
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