Outing the privacy of the editors who out others' privacy

Subject to a storm of protest over its decision to publish the names and addresses on a map of gun owners with permits the Gannett paper in the lower Hudson Valley, NY released a statement defending its action. The massacre in Newtown remains top-of-mind for many of our readers," the statement said. "In the past week, conversation on our opinion pages and on our website, LoHud.com, has been keenly focused on gun control.  "Our readers are understandably interested to know about guns in their neighborhoods. We obtained the names and addresses of Westchester and Rockland residents who are licensed to own handguns through routine Freedom of Information law public-records requests."    The reporter "owns a Smith & Wesson 686 .357 Magnum and has had a residence permit in New York City for that weapon since February 2011. In the comments section of a later editorial in the paper, outraged readers, doing their own diligent research, returned the public...(Read Full Post)