Newspaper publishes map of gun owners. Editor fired in mass layoffs.
I’ve nothing to add except this is wonderful news. A newspaper accessed the names and addresses of registered New York gun owners through a public records request. The paper then published a map of registered gun owners who live just north of New York City.
The editors and staff were shocked by the unfavorable public response. They received angry phone calls and even face to face criticism at their office. The home addresses of the newspaper employees were published online by another group. The managers of the paper hired armed guards for physical security. The newspaper staff were openly mocked in online videos. Advertisers in the newspaper received many critical comments and the paper’s advertising revenue fell. All this happened in a suburb within commuting distance of New York. I guess you don’t have to get far from Manhattan to loose the luster of liberalism.
Now 17 newspaper employees have been laid off. Among them was the editor who published the gun owner’s information. It is never a good business plan to belittle a large segment of your customers. It is worse to do so during an economic recession. This is also the first time I’ve seen online media clearly punish a bricks and mortar media firm.