How the New York Times Scored its Journal News Interviews

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By: Erik Wemple | The Washington Post

In the field of media reporting, Rupert Murdoch is a hot interview. Roger Ailes is a hot interview. Nate Silver is a hot interview.

Over the past three weeks, though, a group of heretofore-anonymous editors and executives who do their business in White Plains, N.Y., have come to rival such stars in the category of media “gets.” They’re the braintrust of the Journal News, the Lower Hudson Valley newspaper that last month published the names and addresses of gun permit holders in Rockland and Westchester counties, stirring a prolonged controversy over privacy and public safety. To inquiry after inquiry after inquiry from a great number of news outlets, the Journal News has said no.

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