Finally, someone on Fox got it and explained it about that upstate New York newspaper which published the names and addresses of gun owners. It’s a story that Fox has been harping on incessantly and almost entirely from a biased, distorted and definitely unbalanced perspective. But on Friday night’s O’Reilly Factor (1/4/13), Geraldo Rivera helped nudge the scales back a tad.
It started with some fresh outrage about this never-ending faux controversy (this time over the “outrageous” comments by a former New York City official named Mark Green). But within seconds, Rivera changed the subject:
I don’t really have a big problem with the newspaper doing that… I am the parent of a 7 year-old. I’d like to know what families own guns before I let my kid go over to play or a sleep over. I think that it’s legit. I think the newspaper under the law of New York has an absolute right to publish it.
As I wrote in my previous post, that's really the heart of why the paper did it. There are people who want to know - and have a right to know, at least under New York law - if there neighbor has a stash of weapons. Yet Fox News is so obsessed with the rights of gun owners, they never seem to care a fig about the rights of everyone else.
Of course, O’Reilly disagreed haughtily, saying it's a privacy issue. Still, he didn’t have much comeback for Rivera’s concerns about his child's safety. But any ruffled feathers were surely soothed as Rivera began slobbering over O’Reilly’s “getting” ex-Marine Jon Hammar out of prison in Mexico. “You are singularly responsible, I think, for his freedom,” Rivera gushed. “And I think you put enormous pressure on Mexico, as you should have, on the State Department, as you should have, and even on newspapers like the New York Times for not covering the story.”
Next you’ll harp on about the criminals having guns. Not if there are none they won’t and those that do manage to get any only tend to go after other criminals.
I know that this may bother some of the regulars here, but I think Geraldo was absolutely correct about the impact of hoodies (try living only a few blocks from a major housing project for 40 years!).
BTW Ellen, that paper is in Westchester County, a suburb right outside NYC, and in no geographical or political way considered “upstate.” Considering that many parts of upstate New York, and the pitchfork-toting inhabitants there, could be mistaken for Tennessee hollers, then it really would be a bold move if the paper were there.
What should have been added was that I do NOT recall any of the right-wing noise machine arguing that the website was doing anything wrong—unlike now when it’s somehow infringing on the 2nd Amendment. Of course, it’s even more interesting that there’s actually nothing in the 2nd Amendment that offers any “privacy rights” regarding gun ownership being made public.
The O’Reilly needs to change his depends about is that it wasn’t necessarily public knowledge that gun licenses were a matter of public record. Now people know. Uh oh’s.
“I’m Killer O’Reilly and that’s all I have to say. Good night!”
Hate-filled Rupert Murdoch, the Master Enabler of all this Fux Nuze Assassination/Fatwa Machinery would find it hard to justify keeping the Hateful Liars of Fux Nuze in his employ. And that would be good!
Printing names and addresses don’t kill people.
So what the scared woman and prison guards need to do is go out and buy BIGGER SCARIER guns.
Think about them poor defenseless weapons designed as works of art, then some eebeeel doer turns them into deathly devices.
Prison Guards are also being harrassed by inmates taunting them telling them they know where they and their families live.
So yeah, good job.