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Revenge: Blogger Posts Personal Info Of Journalists Who Published Gun Permit Holders’ Names

by David Badash on December 27, 2012

in Guns,News,Politics

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In an apparent attempt to exact revenge, a non-practicing lawyer-cum-real estate agent on Christmas Eve posted to his personal blog the name, photo, address, phone number, Twitter  account, and even personal habits of the publisher, and much the same and more, including Facebook account, spouse name, and email address, of reporters and other staff members who work for a local New York newspaper that posted the names and addresses of gun permit holders in Westchester and Rockland Counties. The publication of gun permit holders came in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut earlier this month.

Janet Hasson, publisher of the The Journal News, a subsidiary of Gannett Newspapers, (which also publishes USA Today,) has had her name, photo, home address, phone number, and even links to photos of the exterior and interior of her home via a real estate website published, and this information is now linked to by several radical right wing blogs and even Tech Crunch, a popular mainstream technology news blog.

“Janet Hasson herself is married with one child, and her personal interests, as culled from her credit card records, are noted below…” the author wrote, posting a screenshot that mentions her apparent love of baseball, travel, gardening, home decorating, etc.

The writer added, “Janet, you have a great Christmas Eve.”

He also posted an exterior screenshot of her home (apparently) via Google Maps.

For another employee, he writes:

“Miss Royle’s married name is Lambert. She lives in White Plains and here is her Facebook page complete with pictures of her and her kids. Hello Sanctimony,” adding, “Drives a red convertible,” and, “Family photo,” with links of images to both.

For another employee, apparently it was important to include this bit of information: “From Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.”

In total, about 50 Gannett and/or Journal News employees’ personal information was published, some also having their email addresses posted along with other contact information. Hasson is the only one whose photo was published.

The link has been reposted on Twitter hundreds of times.

All this in response to The Journal News’ publication of an interactive map that included the names, addresses, and phone numbers of gun permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties, areas just north of New York City, which the paper covers. The Journal News obtained the information, which is public, via freedom of information requests.

Of course, gun nuts were furious and have excoriated the paper and its owner, Gannett, throughout the conservative blogosphere all week.

Radical right wing blogs and people on social media sites like Twitter demanded revenge and retribution, and apparently they have gotten it, thanks to this one writer who chose to publish the information. Its publication may be legal, but certainly is not “ethical journalism,” at least in our opinion.

These are the people who claim to be “responsible citizens” and who claim to have a “right” to gun ownership.

This is the Tea Party, the radical right wing, conservatives, Republicans, who now think we should roll over and allow them even more killing machines, because they act so “responsibly.”

People the world over were laughing at America. Now, they just think we’re crazed animals.

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{ 9 comments }

GoldMine December 27, 2012 at 2:22 pm

I know the gun owner information is public, via freedom of information requests, but no one wants their information (no matter what it is) made public for the ENTIRE WORLD to know without their permission in such a brazen way. Especially the people who have children. I certainly do not.

Siddigfan December 28, 2012 at 9:20 pm

I understand people being upset about their gun information being made public but haven't decided how I feel about it yet. I do, however, feel that it is totally irresponsible and vicious to publicly reveal names, PHOTOGRAPHS!, and any information about someone's children which could enable a kidnaping or worse. That's just beyond the pale! That ought to be actionable! I have no respect for someone who does something like that!

chassagne December 27, 2012 at 2:33 pm

"People the world over were laughing at America. Now, they just think we’re crazed animals."

You got that one right!

Pat December 27, 2012 at 2:37 pm

I like it — and as "GoldMine" said — sure, it's public record, but it also created a "shopping list" for any criminals that might want to know where the guns are that they can steal!

It was irresponsible to post those names and addresses.

Turnabout is fair play.

chassagne December 27, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Sorry Pat, but according to NRA spokesman Wayne LaPierre, "the majority of people who own guns keep them locked in a safe".

Siddigfan December 28, 2012 at 9:21 pm

How does he know for sure? As House, MD famously says, "Everybody Lies."

Diogenes_Arktos December 30, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Like Sandy Hook?

When the police enter the apartments of any mass shooter they presume it to be booby trapped.They also routinely find very open caches of weapons and ammo.

Bob Chapman December 27, 2012 at 3:08 pm

This information came from a FOIA request, nothing sinister. So, how many other people have made the same request–and for what purposes?

I suspect that the journalists whose addresses they are publishing already knew that this information was public. Thinking they are doing something to strike back only shows their level of ignorance.

Doesn't anyone involved with the Tea Party ever think anything through?

Coxhere December 27, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Gun-slinging TeaPotPartiers don't THINK. Period. This is why they're so damned dangerous.

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