See, this is what epistemic closure looks like.
“We are launching two enterprise projects across our newsrooms this month. The first will deal with the creeping influence of heroin in our communities. The deadly drug has quietly taken over, reaching across all age groups and eclipsing meth as the recreational drug of choice,” [Civitas Nedia Content Director Jim] Lawitz began.
“The second project examines the explosion of ‘conceal and carry’ gun permits across the U.S. Through public records act requests, we will attempt to build state-by-state databases that list those who have the right to carry a concealed weapon,” Lawitz wrote in the email.
If Civitas had just had more people who weren’t terrified of firearms in their corporate offices, one of them might have been able to warn off Mr. Lawitz before he put out an email that referenced junkies and gun owners in pretty much the same breath. Of course, now that this has come out Civitas Media has since disavowed said email in a near-panic, which is nice of them. And I’m being nice when I say it was nice of them: the gun community will not be amused. After all, newspapers trying to set up gun owner databases has an unsavory history to it. Civitas Media is just lucky that nobody noticed the heroin thing…
PS: Actually, they still might be planning to track the junkies.