Self-respecting news organizations do not respond well to bullying or intimidation. Wthe journalists feel they are right, they aren’t likely to change. Pressure on them to do one thing often causes the opposite reaction.
I applaud WRAL for standing tall in the face of gun owners who feel threatened by the station’s publication of a searchable database of the streets — not the addresses or names — where people with gun permits live. WRAL’s database is, of course, public record. (I wish the Second Amendment folks cared equally about the First Amendment, as I wrote about earlier.)
The targeted complaints, (WRAL-TV’s VP) Hammel said, were unlikely to make the organization back away from an issue.
“As far as we’re concerned, it creates the opposite effect,” Hammel said. “We have the resolve to report news.”