A national newspaper organization has considered building state-by-state databases of people who carry concealed weapons.
Civitas Media, which owns nearly 100 publications and has about 1.6 million readers, plans to use public records act requests to build the databases, according to an email obtained by the Buckeye Firearms Association in Ohio.
Jim Lawitz, Civitas’ director of content, sent the email to content directors, managers and producers on Jan. 19, saying that the newest project “examines the explosion of ‘conceal and carry’ gun permits across the U.S.”
Lawitz began the email by writing: “We are launching two enterprise projects across our newsrooms this month. The first will deal with the creeping influence of heroin in our communities. The deadly drug has quietly taken over, reaching across all age groups and eclipsing meth as the recreational drug of choice.
“The second project examines the explosion of ‘conceal and carry’ gun permits across the U.S. Through public records act requests, we will attempt to build state-by-state databases that list those who have the right to carry a concealed weapon,” Lawitz added.
Chad Baus, secretary of the Buckeye Firearms Association, received the email from an unnamed source within the company who was worried about the media group’s intentions. Baus told FoxNews.com that whatever plans are behind the new project, he wants the effort stopped.
“The goal is to raise awareness because each and every time a newspaper organization does this type of thing, the public reacts very strongly to it,” Baus said. “And yes, we do want it stopped. They’re saying they’re not going to publish the list, but once the list is compiled, what are they going to do with it?”
Civitas Media CEO Michael Bush says that the media company has never had any plans or intentions to publish in print or online lists of any names of "conceal and carry" permits, the Examiner reports. He insists that no such database will be developed.
After 150 years, a Pennsylvania newspaper submitted a formal apology that it should have recognized the greatness of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address when it was first delivered.
The Patriot-News of Harrisburg apologized for an editorial that dismissed the address’ “silly remarks”, since it is now considered one of the most notable speeches in American history.
The famous review has been used as an example of how journalists can sometimes miss history being made before them.
During the Civil War, the paper had been in a firm stance against Lincoln.
The previous editorial also called for a “veil of oblivion” to be cast over the speech.
The paper said it regretted not seeing the speech’s “momentous importance, timeless eloquence and lasting significance”.
An event to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the address will be carried out on Tuesday in Gettysburg.
An Australian businessman and political hopeful plans to sue a prominent media mogul about a newspaper article that makes unflattering allegations about him.
In addition to saying he was filing a suit against Rupert Murdoch, businessman Clive Palmer also made some inflammatory comments about the tycoon’s estranged wife.
‘You know, Rupert Murdoch’s wife Wendi Deng is a Chinese spy, and that’s been right across the world,” Palmer said during an interview. “She’s been spying on Rupert for years, giving money back to Chinese intelligence. She was trained in southern China. I’m telling you the truth. Wendi Deng is a Chinese spy and that’s why Rupert got rid of her. And this guy (Murdoch) wants to control Australian politics. He wants to control what you think.”
Deng is probably most well-known for stopping a protester from smashing a pie into Murdoch’s face during an inquiry before the House of Commons Select Committee in 2011.
Palmer, 59, is running for election in Australia. He is also famous for wanting to create an animated Jurassic Park in Queensland, The Daily Mail reported.
An article about Palmer in “The Australian” newspaper questioned many of his claims “Contrary to the flim-flam and spin, Clive Frederick Palmer is not a professor, not an adviser to the G20, not a mining magnate, not a legal guru and not an advocate for freedom of speech. He’s probably not a billionaire,” the newspaper said.
Palmer alleges that Murdoch tell his reporters what to write. “Murdoch will be sued by me today and will be brought to Australia to answer these questions in the Supreme Court,” he said. “It’s time this fellow was brought to account, this foreigner who tries to dictate what we do.”
Caryn McBride, the editor for the New York newspaper Rockland County Journal News, has been fired for publishing the names and addresses of gun permit owners. A total of 26 individuals were fired because of the incident, 17 of whom were journalists.
Back in 2012 the Journal News published the information under the headline, “Where are the gun permits in your neighborhood?” Since then, the information received widespread criticism from gun rights and privacy rights proponents. McBride even had to notify the local authorities because of the influx of angry calls and emails that the newspaper received after the article was published.
The newspaper then hired private security because the police did not believe that there was a threat. This only add more fuel to the controversy because of the perceived hypocrisy of hiring armed guards while publishing gun control articles.
Eventually, though, enough was enough. Janet Hasson, the CEO of the newspaper, announced that some of the staff would be fired because of the article. The newspaper even admitted that much of the information of the article was badly outdated. Some of the residences that were listed in the article no longer contained a gun.
The Times also reported that one of the homes on the list was burglarized by thieves looking for guns.
Do you see this as journalists getting their just desserts for overstepping their bounds and publishing information that should have stayed under wraps? Or do you think that it’s unfair that these people who were just doing their job got caught in the crossfire of the gun debate?
The Mankato Free Press ran this headline in their newspaper resulting in the biggest letdown of an article. The slice of grapefruit was supposed to represent the “G” in grapefruit but it looked nothing like a G so the headline just ended up being “Rapefruit, good for every meal.”
It actually sounded like a real interesting article until you read it and were left wondering why the hell they kept on talking about grapefruit. I mean, is that a type of rapefruit? Can it just get away with raping like that? Why hasn’t anyone stopped this rapefruit?