A reader who noticed this Help A Reporter Out (HARO) request from sent it in to us.
Category: Lifestyle and Fitness
Media Outlet: Agence France-Presse (AFP)
Deadline: 12:00 PM EST – 1 February
Planning a story about guns in the USA and how the young African
American are the first victims of gunshots.
Sociologist ? Gun policy expert ? Educational group ? Activist
in the high schools, communities ?
Fabienne Faur is a lifestyle journalist for AFP.
The narrative is set with that request, isn’t it. Race is right up front, and as victims. Nothing suggests that Faur is looking for, say, a 33-year-old mom to describe how she used a pistol to defend herself and her six-year-old child. Something suggests that the “gun policy expert” Faur seeks isn’t someone from the NRA, and that part of the request is the closest that he gets to looking for anyone who might have a pro-Second Amendment view.
HARO is a service by which journalists can find experts, though it doesn’t always work. The experts can be of the self-appointed, activist variety, as Faur is apparently looking for here, or they can be fakes.