Blogger ‘Punches Back’ at NY Paper, Posting Addresses of Journalists

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A blogger who retaliated against a New York newspaper that came under fire for identifying people with gun licenses in its circulation area explained on Thursday why he published the names and home addresses of the paper's employees, reports Politico. “Well, I just thought they were being hypocrites,” said Christopher Fountain on CNN's “Early Start.” “In the aftermath of Newtown, it was obviously one tragedy, but somehow they were conflating legal gun owners with some crazed tormented devil up in Newtown and putting the two together. And I was offended by that and I wondered how they would like it if their addresses were published.”

Fountain's blog on Wednesday linked to a map that identified employees of the suburban New York newspaper, the Journal News, as well as their places of residence. That move came several days after the Journal News published interactive maps of Westchester and Rockland counties, which named people with gun licenses and included their addresses — igniting outrage from the right and from some readers. Fountain said he was giving the paper a taste of its own medicine. “The media has been exposing, harassing personal details of people for a long time,” Fountain said. “I don't believe I'm escalating, I believe I'm punching back.”

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