I am greatly disappointed in the article especially since I used to work as a newspaper reporter for four years. I forget how many times people looked at me like I was a cockroach because of my profession at the time due to how people view the media.
Most could not believe that I hunted, owned firearms and was a strong supporter of the Second Amendment because of what I did. However, over time, through being truthful and honest in reporting people changed their minds about me and began to trust me. Because I proved myself to be trustworthy people were more likely to open up to me about things than they would with other reporters.
Does that mean that people wouldn't try to be dishonest with me? No, not at all. However, I worked with the information that I had and did all the due diligence I could prior to my deadline so that I was as truthful about what I was told and what I found in each story I wrote.
When I read this article I could tell by the end of the first sentence that there was an agenda to be had. What your newspaper did was abuse the open records law to punish those who are innocent rather than punish the guilty. You have given the media another black eye and are working to set back the ability to use open records laws for real problems and issues.
What this does is make me glad I do not live in your county, let alone your state. It also makes me think twice about obtaining a CCW in my state because I am afraid that some local media outlet will get the same bright idea to out CCW licensees in my state. Perhaps the risk of being caught unlicensed, if I were to have to use a weapon in self defense, would be better than facing the possible repercussions of having my personal information released to the media and the rest of the world.
Be careful how you use your ability to obtain information for the "public good" as others might think that the public good may include publishing every detail of your lives, those of your family and children too. Imagine what might happen if that information were to be misused by those who do not intend good things for you and yours. Now imagine how someone feels who had their name published in your newspaper who was a CCW licensee.
I sincerely hope that karma does not come back to you. If it does, you will have no one to blame but yourself for the unintended consequences of your actions.
In Print This Week:
Dec 5, 2013
vol XXIV issue 49
The North Coast Journal Weekly
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