08 April, 2010

Hit Piece Published By the New Progenitors of Journalistic Malfeasance: The Virginian-Pilot

Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, thinks he should be allowed to keep his gun concealed when he goes into a bar [sic]*.

Virginia Beach Police Chief Jake Jacocks thinks that would be dangerous because waiters won't know whether they're serving alcohol to an armed customer.

Both men are entitled to their opinions. But Van Cleave is not entitled to turn this policy disagreement into a personal attack against Jacocks and the Beach's 800 police officers.

One need only listen the RECORDING of the interview to recognize that this reporter has deliberately and onerously misdirected and quoted Mr. Van Cleave out-of-context. Such journalistic sensationalism one might expect from The Sun or The National Enquirer, but from a heretofore reputable, however liberally-leaning publication? It smacks of one-sidedness and a very anti-freedom, leftist agenda.

*note: there is no such thing as a "bar" in Virginia, only restaurants with a permit to serve alcoholic beverages for on-site consumption.

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