CFN – I have very thick skin. I can handle insult; but at a certain point I have ask why a long time newspaper like the Standard Free Holder prints some of what it does about us; or neglects to? Why the low blows and disrespect?
They know we’re an online newspaper. We are not a blog or a website per se. We beat them in traffic across the board and we don’t have to rely on the Phillipines or India for our traffic.
According to Alexa.com the Free Holder only gets 59% of its traffic from Canada; a number we exceed by over 20%.
So today it was most disturbing to read their coverage of Councilor Andre Rivette filing a complaint about the City Ambushing him and bullying him over the interview he gave The Cornwall Free News.
….. included an interview he had done with a local website.
“It arose out of an interview he gave to a … blog,” he explained. “It had some inaccuracies and it identified a senior member of our administration, in that it gave rise to my including it in the agenda.”
The second quote is from Mayor Kilger to Cheryl Brink. She also knows we’re an ONLINE NEWSPAPER. Now I’m not throwing a tizzy here, but are you really sharing “news” when you are omitting or not attributing source?
Here’s Councilor Rivette’s interview.
And kudos to the good councilor for stepping up. Far too many on council are not, and in the end many of them will be tarred and feathered by the public simply because of their reluctance to stand up for what’s right.
In the meanwhile we have filed an official complaint with the Free Holder and Mayor Kilger asking them for an apology and correction.
Not holding my breath, but again this is a sign of the culture of some in this town. Bullying, abuse, and low roading.
Is this what Cornwall Ontario stands for? I think and hope not.
Jamie Gilcig – Editor of the Cornwall Free News
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