‘No Comment’: Gun-Outing Newspaper Now Hiding Behind Expensive PR Firm

The small New York newspaper that made a big splash by publicizing the names and addresses of thousands of New York’s legal gun owners is now refusing to give comments to other news agencies and has hired a big time, expensive public relations firm from Manhattan as its public face.

Eric Wemple of the Washington Post recently found the curious situation when he contacted the Journal News to get some information but was told that he would now get his ubiquitous “no comment” from one Edmund Tagliaferri.

Wemple goes on to explain that Tagliaferri is an executive vice president at DKC, a Manhattan public relations, marketing and government affairs firm.

Wemple wonders why a newspaper headed Gannet, by one of the biggest newspaper chains in the country, needs a highfalutin, New York City-based PR firm to answer questions about its journalism. It is a good question, indeed.

Hiring a big-time PR firm sure makes the Journal News look like it can’t take the heat it has brought upon itself.

The paper may have quite a lot to spin itself out of, too. After at least one house burglary has been tied to the paper’s gun map stunt. After the Journal News published the address of a home that had guns inside, the home appears to have been targeted by thieves looking to steal guns. It also seems pretty clear that the homeowners have a solid case against the newspaper for liability.

Lastly, Project Veritas took on this general subject with its latest video sting, asking journalists if they’d post a sign in their yards proclaiming the premises to be “proudly gun-free.” The investigative videographers even went to the homes of some Journal News writers to see if, in keeping with their hatred for the Second Amendment, they’d post the sign in their own yards. Curiously, every journalist in the video felt that posting such a sign was an invitation to home invaders. Imagine that!!

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  • jim_m

    There is now a second home from the map that has been burglarized and this time they took the gun safe with them.

    I really hope someone takes them and their parent, Gannett, to court and puts them in the poor house. And not just the companies. Like a medical malpractice suit they should go after the personal estates of everyone who had even a peripheral connection to the story. If gun control advocates demand that gun manufacturers be sued for how their products are used then they should have no complaint about being held to the same standard.

    • retired.military

      The only way they could prove the paper was at fault is if they found the crooks and the crooks admit they used the info from the paper. Even then it is tenuous at best.

      • jim_m

        The requirement for a civil suit is much less than for a criminal complaint. I’m sure a clever attorney could think up some grounds for a claim.

        I’m sure there is a claim for contributory negligence somewhere.

        [edit] Actually a more proper angle might be transferred intent, where the intent was to harm one person (in this case the right of gun ownership via the map) and the person harmed was the particular resident of a home they identified who had their guns stolen. Like I said, there must be something in our convoluted law that a blood sucking lawyer could exploit.

      • Olsoljer

        ???? Public endangerment?

    • Vagabond661

      If i was from that area, I would go after the advertisers and get them to pull out.

  • 914

    Spineless worms.