Fox News host Sean Hannity slammed The New York Times Tuesday because the publication disclosed Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson’s address.
The controversy erupted over The Times’ writing about Wilson’s marriage to another Ferguson police officer, Barbara Spradling, last month. On Monday, Wilson was cleared of all charges in the shooting of Michael Brown.
The paper initially published the marriage certificate, which featured the couple’s full address, but later redacted it. From the article (to which we will not link in this story):
“An earlier version of this post included a photograph that contained information that should not have been made public. The image has been removed.”
Still, Eileen Murphy, head of communications for the Times, told The Washington Examiner Monday that it is justified in publishing the couple’s street address. “The story mentions only the name of the street where the couple have a house and that street has been widely reported on,” she said. The Times article posted the following:
“Officer Wilson and Officer Spradling own a home together on [REDACTED], a St. Louis suburb about a half-hour drive from Ferguson.
“They have scarcely been seen there since Mr. Brown was killed on Aug. 9. Neighbors said that within a few days of the shooting, Officer Wilson and Officer Spradling abruptly left their home.”
On Hannity Tuesday, the host slammed the paper for highlighting Wilson’s address. “If anything happens to that man, that family, or his home, the culpability is with them,” he said. One of his guests added, “Shame on The New York Times.”
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