James O’Keefe tries to get reporters to advertise their gun-free homes

Project Veritas | The Blaze
Conservative activist James O’Keefe sent people posing as an anti-gun-violence group to the homes of journalists from The Journal News and other news outlets to persuade them to put up signs saying “This Home Is Proudly Gun-Free.” In the process, O’Keefe discovers what he considers to be hypocrisy on the part of journalists.

The Journal News published a map of handgun permits in suburban New York in late December. The Gannett paper and its journalists have received five suspicious packages in the month since, along with threats and unrelenting criticism.

At what O’Keefe says is the home of Newark, N.J., Star-Ledger columnist Bob Braun, someone tells O’Keefe’s crew that the sign might be viewed as “an invitation to come barging in.”

They also visit what they say is the Brooklyn home of Touré, speaking with him through his intercom. He says he’d have to talk to his neighbors before putting anything on the door. They also visit what they say is the Washington, D.C. home of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

The Blaze’s Jonathon M. Seidl notes the video is “highly edited” and that it identifies one respondent as the husband of Journal News Publisher Janet Hasson.

“I moved to Canada,” the man says before an edit and then adding, “Because I hated guns.”

The Blaze, Seidl says, “does have reservations about undercover videos.”

In general, our philosophy has been that they — as well as ambush journalism — should be used only in extreme circumstances when one has exhausted all other options and all applicable recording laws should be followed.

Second, it’s understandable that those affiliated with journalistic outlets would not want to post such signs. Those in the journalism business are encouraged not to affiliate themselves with interest groups, politicians, or the like. In fact, there are those organizations that forbid taking public stands on divisive issues. Placing the sign that O’Keefe’s group is advocating for, then, would likely violate many newsroom practices.

At all homes they find what they’re looking for: “not a single member of the media willing to live up to the strength of their convictions,” a narrator says.

“Sorry, no comment from the Journal News,” says new Journal News spokesperson Edmund Tagliaferri.

Related: ‘Journalists should not be threatened,’ says Journal News publisher

Previously: Star-Ledger corrects story that sparked James O’Keefe lawsuit | People like James O’Keefe ‘think they are acting like journalists’ | WhatJames O’Keefe knows about media (and you should too)

Correction: This post originally said O’Keefe’s crew visited the home of someone whose name the Journal News published by mistake. In fact, they visit someone “who’s address was mistakenly published as an Editor of Journal News,” the video’s graphics read.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LY6BBJVEDPQMNRLYL4NSGBY7Q4 JumpStart

    Did you have any concerns when two of the gun owners homes were broken into after their names and addresses were printed by the Journal. Liberals always hate it when someone points out their hypocrisy.

  • Lafollette

    The nitwit’s lucky some gun nut reporter didn’t exercise his Second Amendment rights.

  • Guest

    @Bob Let me turn your concern around on you. Why should a news organization harass legal gun owners who have broken no laws.

  • Bob

    My only concern with type of interrogation spectacle, and I think it is completely out of line what the news organization did publishing that list, is whether the reporters themselves are really worthy of blame for the publication of the list or the top editors at the paper. If the decision came from the editors, which it likely did, why harass the reporters who may not have been in favor but like many people with jobs are at the mercy of what they’re bosses decided to do.