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Accurate Journalism, One Baby Step at a Time

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Dain Bramage, Oct 13, 2005.

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  1. Dain Bramage

    Dain Bramage Member

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    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer ran a story on 10/12/05 about a local CEO who confronted a trespasser in his yard. The CEO was armed with a pistol and fired it in the air as a warning shot (bad idea). Anyway, all went well; the interloper was arrested and the homeowner was checked out and had his pistol returned by the police.

    Marchex CEO Fired Gun with Intruder Lurking

    In a strange twist, since the CEO was a prominent businessman, the story was covered in the Business Section of the paper. Not surprisingly, the reporter got a gun law detail dead wrong at the end of the story. He said that the man was "...a licensed gun owner". Since there is no such beast in Washington State, I sent the reporter the following email:

    Surprisingly, I heard right back from John Cook, the author, saying that a correction would be made. Sure enough, in today's PI, on page A2, they ran the following blurb:

    Sure it's a small victory. And no one is going to read it (it's the PI for cryin' out loud), but I feel better.
     
  2. Henry Bowman

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    Good on 'ya! Good on the reporter!

    But...
    Your expectations are fantasy for the PI.
     
  3. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

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    Good for you!
     
  4. Dain Bramage

    Dain Bramage Member

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    Ya, well. I also expected the governor's race to be decided by majority vote. :evil:
     
  5. eagle45

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    Good job.

    Baby steps today, running tomorrow. It is surprising and commendable that the correction was printed.
     
  6. MD_Willington

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    There actually are licensed gun owners in WA state...but not licensed in the way you are thinking...

    http://www.dol.wa.gov/forms/652010.htm


    I've retained my AFL since 2002, as I am from Canada...


    Obviously this license does not pertain to naturalized/natural born citizens of the US living in WA state, only aliens.

    MD
     
  7. Old Dog

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    It does occur to me, however -- every time I go back to California to visit relatives or spend time in other less gun-friendly states (NY, Maryland) that we in Washington state should be appreciative for our local newspapers relatively matter-of-fact reportage of gun-related stories (even the Times and the P-I). In other cities, in other states, there are far more inaccuracies in news stories (both print and television) plus a huge increase in "gun hysteria" (the phenomenom wherein all incidents involving firearms lead to stories demonizing guns and gun owners with large-scale hyperbole, glaring mistakes in accuracy and general hysteria).

    In this state, at least, the Times, the P-I and most of our local rags are so used to citizens actually owning, using and carrying firearms, that reporters don't typically make the big deal of a citizen lawfully using a firearms (unless, as in the story that started this post, a high-profile citizen is involved). We are lucky here that (1) this state has a long and proud history of gun-ownership and (2) "Shall-issue" has been the rule here for so long (WA is the original shall-issue state) that the normally liberal media has gotten over it ...
     
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