[Video still shows purported exterior of Hasson's home]
Right-leaning activist James O'Keefe has turned his undercover camera on Publisher Janet Hasson and other Journal News employees in another rebuke of the paper's publication last month of names and addresses of handgun permit holders in two N.Y. counties.
He and and his supporters posed as an anti-gun group, Citizens Against Senseless Violence, that tried to persuade homeowners to place signs in front of their houses indicating their homes were gun-free. Watch the video on YouTube.
In addition to several people described as Journal News employees, they also caught on camera journalists with New Jersey's Star Ledger. And they attempted to reach U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder at home in Washington before being rebuffed by a police officer.
In Hasson's case, a man identified as her husband at about minute 5:00 in the video turns aside O'Keefe's group.
It's unclear when the video was produced. It was uploaded today to O'Keefe's YouTube site, where it has now been viewed more than 300 times. Some of his other 68 videos have been viewed hundreds of thousands of times each, however.
O'Keefe targeted ACORN
O'Keefe, 28, gained national attention for his release of video recordings of workers at ACORN offices in 2009; his arrest in early 2010 at the office of U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu in a failed attempt to record staff conversations, and release of videos of NPR executives in 2011.
mapping three weeks ago of the identities of gun permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties in surburban New York City after the school shootings in Newtown, Conn. The map was accompanied by a story under the headline, "The gun owner next door: What you don't know about the weapons in your neighborhood."
Other critics have posted the home addresses and phone numbers of Hasson, Gannett CEO Gracia Martore and other Journal News employees.
Also, a group supporting gun owners has organized a boycott of companies advertising in Gannett publications. And a New York state senator is seeking an exemption for gun permit information from the open-records laws the newspaper used to obtain the names and addresses in the first place.
In response, the Journal News has hired private armed guards for the homes of Hasson and some other employees. In O'Keefe's video, the man described as her husband points to one such guard as evidence that she feels threatened.