A gutsy blogger challenges media malpractice

December 28, 2012 by History in a Hurry

The blogger Christopher Fountain has had a busy week.

Single-handedly, he has reinvigorated the old phrase “turnabout is fair play,” exposed the hypocritical media establishment, and defended law-abiding gun owners.

Fountain caused a stir this week when he linked to a map that included photos and home addresses of the staff of The Journal News in New York. He did this in retaliation for the newspaper’s recent publication of a map identifying people with gun licenses in its circulation area.

The newspaper outed the permit holders, so Fountain, himself a gun owner, outed the newspeople in response.

The publisher and editors thought that because of the Newtown, Conn., shootings, they should publicize everybody nearby who has a gun permit. (Fountain says he has received messages from scared women in the area who were in hiding from an abusive partner but now are on the newspaper’s map.)

Some media people seem flummoxed by Fountain. “Why did you do it?” TV people asked him in subsequent interviews. During a CNN group interview, one talking head even asked Fountain why he was there with them if he dislikes the media. Uh, because you invited him on your show.

Because of the Internet, this one blogger — and the readers who sent him tips — stood toe-to-toe with a newspaper in upstate New York. Do you hear what I hear? That is the sound of the media gatekeepers and their gates crumbling.

The news media’s monopoly on information is in peril in the Internet Age.

And if that isn’t good news, I don’t know what is.

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