The New York newspaper that publicized the names and addresses of thousands of the Empire State’s legal gun owners 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 by Gannett, one of the biggest newspaper chains in the country, needs a high-falutin’, 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. 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.