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Shame on The New York Daily News, Chelsia Rose Marcius, Erin Durkin and Bill Hutchinson

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So the New York Daily News today accused the NRA of launching the “sickest game yet.” A target shooting app that is now available on iPhone and iPad.
After choosing from a variety of weapons including: M16’s, sniper rifles, handguns, shotguns and even AK-47’s, players can take target practice at various inanimate objects.
The News describes some of these targets as “coffin shaped with bull’s-eyes at head and chest level.”
The app is recommended for children 4 and up and actually provides gun safety tips in between shooting practice.
Apparently Chelsia Rose Marcius, Erin Durkin and Bill Hutchinson, the three so called reporters who broke the story, didn’t do much research on other apps available for the iPhone and iPad. (Seems to be typical of NY Daily News reporters. See my post from February 5, 2010 entitled New York Daily News and Stephanie Gaskell Get It Wrong
If they had, they would have discovered some 4500 “shooting games” available on iPhone and iPad and may have discovered an app called Crime City. It’s recommended for children 12 and up and challenges players to “indulge your inner criminal mastermind.”
The game allows you to “fight and rob other players, live.”
Or how about Contract Killer? Another game available on iPhone and iPad and recommended for children 9 and up. This game allows you to “select your weapon of CHOICE from an inventory of sniper rifles, assault rifles and machine guns.” It further advises the player to “take aim and GO FOR THE HEADSHOT.”
I can only assume that Chelsia Rose Marcius, Erin Durkin and Bill Hutchinson feel that shooting at inanimate objects like targets and skeet and being provided with gun safety tips is “sicker” than fighting and robbing other players and taking “head shots.”
If they really believed this to be the case, they may have discovered another app called Arma 2-Firing Range that has been out since 2011.
The app describes itself as the “ultimate firing range simulation,” and boasts a “huge array of existing weapons” such as the M9 the M16 and even an AK-47. This game allows players to take aim at silhouette shaped targets with bull’s-eyes at chest level.
If this isn’t almost identical to the new NRA app, the fact that it’s also recommended for children 4 and up would have sent Marcius, Durkin and Hutchinson over the edge.
If these three were truly concerned with games that may or may not be detrimental to the well being and safety of children, they would have discovered and reported on these other apps as well.
But they aren’t.
They are fear mongers who work for an organization that cares more about selling papers and advertising than it does about reporting the truth.
How in the world can you get comments and reactions from people on a game put out by the NRA that is almost identical to another game that’s been out since 2011?
As we recently learned from the Journal News and their publishing of the addresses of gun owners in upstate New York, news organizations and reporters could really care less about the safety and well being of its readers. Shame on Chelsia Rose Marcius, Erin Durkin and Bill Hutchinson. Shame on the New York Daily News and shame on all those readers who think these people have your best interests in mind.
It’s all about selling papers people.

New York Daily News and Stephanie Gaskell Get It Wrong

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The New York Daily News reported yesterday that rocker Bruce Springsteen had filed a lawsuit against Connolly’s Pub & Restaurant for copyright infringement. Seems that the Manhattan eatery had not paid a licensing fee to The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP,) which is required when a venue hosts live performances.

The article reported that, “He (Springsteen) claims the bar hosted a band on Aug. 9, 2008, that performed three of Springsteen’s hits – and charged customers a cover fee,” thus violating copyright law.

After reading the article, I too, like many others felt truly disappointed. After all, how many dive bars and seedy seaside joints had Springsteen himself played back in the beginning of his career that probably never even thought of paying a licensing fee? How could this self righteous rock and roller who preaches Rock and Roll Salvation from his stage, cast the first stone when he himself is not without sin?

And then a miracle……Well not really……Just a retraction.

The New York Daily News today reports that Springsteen demanded his name be removed from the lawsuit. It appears that Springsteen had no knowledge of the grievance which was actually filed on his behalf by ASCAP.

Both stories were written by New York Daily News staff writer Stephanie Gaskell. Gaskell starts off today’s story with, “Someone pulled a fast one on the Boss.” Really? It would appear that Stephanie Gaskell and the Daily News pulled a fast one on its readers.

How does a reporter write a story without checking its validity? How do the editors allow a story to go to print that is completely erroneous? Where is the accountability? Where is the integrity?

Gaskell wrote in her first article that Springsteen had “no comment,” which would imply and lead the reader to believe as I did, that Springsteen was asked, and had no comment. Had Springsteen actually been asked, he would have killed the story right then and there because as was later reported, he had no knowledge of, and wanted no part of the lawsuit.

So the question is this; just when did Ms. Gaskell know that her story was complete fiction? Did she actually try to get Springsteen’s opinion; either from him or his publicist? Did ASCAP make it known from the beginning that they had merely filed the lawsuit on behalf of the Boss?

The story has become the story and the moral is this; we should never believe that which is written in the press and reported in the news without first looking further.

If the New York Daily News was truly concerned with the integrity of its paper, Stephanie Gaskell would’ve been fired immediately.

Unfortunately we live in an age where integrity is seldom valued and fiction sells more than fact.