Mac Attack! Standard Freeholder Columnist looking for Trifecta for Apologies & Retractions
CFN – Maybe Claude’s got it right? Puke up whatever venom comes to mind without being there or having any grasp of reality? After all, you only need to have your editor make a hidden retraction right?
After having to make two retractions on behalf of their veteran scribbler Claude exploded again; this time taking a shot at your humble scribbler in his latest column.
It’s quite a piece of fiction and as a fiction writer when I’m not working CFN I should know. Mr. McIntosh was not present at council. I have a hunch he wasn’t watching it either. He generally gets his info “second hand” instead of fresh like most of us actually working in the field.
It’s why he got the Free Holder into such trouble over the Waterfront Public Consultation where he called an attorney and other upstanding citizen “Jerks”.
In today’s column I’m the target. He attacked on Monday night’s motion by Councilor Maurice Dupelle to have the City of Cornwall have a link to our 100 Letter campaign about how amazing Cornwall is. LINK
Terms like Murky, and rehabilitation were used.
By Tuesday morning the sliver of support the motion had was melting like spring snow with the councillor who made the motion jumping off the bandwagon. A quick headcount indicates, at best, support has dwindled to one lonely councillor.
Coun. Maurice Dupelle sponsored Monday night’s motion, reasoning that it would be a good way to smooth the toxic relationship between city hall and the Cornwall Free News founder/owner/publisher, editor-in-chief/advertising director/reporter/columnist, etc.
The message from the councillor seemed to be that the CNF was willing to rehabilitate itself if the city would form the partnership at no cost to the city. This followed an unsuccessful bid by CFN to squeeze money out of the economic development department for the project.
What’s interesting is the hatchet job did not include a phone call to CFN. We were asked by Mark Boileau to provide a proposal. All we ever had asked was to have our event, which would benefit the city, published on the city’s facebook page and websites. When the city actually sponsored our Art Court event they refused to do so.
Coun. Elaine MacDonald suggested that the CNF might be more blog than traditional news outlet.
Yes, it was quite shocking to hear Councilor MacDonald suggest CFN wasn’t a newspaper, showing just how disconnected the senior is from the reality of today’s media. She sure thought we were a newspaper when she put in a near midnight call to us to help her when she and her NDP friends did a sit in at MP Lauzon’s office.
Instead of taking the more prudent high road, when the meeting ended the founder/owner/publisher, editor-in-chief/advertising director/reporter/columnist/videographer, etc. made a less than cordial comment as he waltzed past the mayor, then, according to Coun. MacDonald, offered his opinion of her while shaking his finger inches from her face. The up-close and personal scolding moved to Coun. Bernadette Clement who hadn’t endorsed the motion.
That’s when Coun. Gerald Samson, a retired police officer, said he stepped in.
Samson said he cautioned the somehwat irked founder/owner/publisher/editor-in-chief/advertising director/reporter/columnist/videographer, etc. that his gesture could be viewed as threatening and that he could be charged with assault.
“I told him the next time he did that I would call the police,” said Samson who was still upset on Wednesday.
The route from the media table to Councilor MacDonald is nowhere near the mayor. I did in fact tell councilor MacDonald that she was one of lowest forms of scum I’d ever seen. Councilor Samson did try and intimidate me by saying that as former police officer that the position of my finger is assault and that I could get arrested. Again, Mr. McIntosh was not there and blew the quote. Mr. Samson at no point said that he would call the police. As for the inches from her face? Well there’s a very large desk between councilor MacDonald and myself. It would be quite a dramatic stretch for me to have my finger be “inches from her face.”
If a member of mainstream Corus Radio, the Seaway News or Standard-Freeholder had given that kind of performance, you can rest assured they would be searching the jobs wanted ads the next day.
It’s odd that Mr. McIntosh didn’t mention my epitaph to my co-scribblers who all buy stopped typing the minute Councilor Dupelle’s motion hit the floor. Nor will you have read about that motion in the other media. Frankly none of these outlets should really call themselves media; more puppets to the dollars City Hall and the clique pump into them. The minute media bankrupt their morals to the call of advertisers they are no longer truly media. It’s a hard line to balance, because media need to survive. Talented journalists are expensive, something that Mr. McIntosh has seen first hand with his years of experience.
The always diplomatic Kilger shied from offering his opinion, at least publicly, of the verbal shot at him.
Nor would he comment on a T-shirt the founder/owner/publisher/ editor-in-chief/advertising director/reporter/columnist/videographer, etc. has fashioned.
It reads “Bare Ass Bob”.
It would not be unreasonable to suggest that it is a tasteless shot aimed at the mayor.
And that ladies & gents is the crux of Mr. McIntosh’s column. Claude’s favorite source at City Hall and Mr. McIntosh’s zeal to protect his buddy; damn truth,facts, or friction. Who wrote the mayor’s campaign speeches his last two elections? The Bare Ass Bob is not a suggestion of a tasteless shot. It’s a direct political cartoon directed at a mayor whose corruption, ignorance, and arrogance has cost this city millions of dollars and counting.
Whose lack of leadership and the impact of those that have supported him and helped hide his antics have given him a false illusion of power.
And the kicker to Mac’s column is that the Freeholder is not allowing comments so that the public could speak their truths; something that the Free Holder sadly seems to have lost a grip of and probably why a chain owned newspaper with over 10o years of history has been a distant second to CFN for over two years on Alexa.com and overall traffic numbers.
Sad dontcha think? CFN has sent an email to editor Brian Dryden. We are demanding a front page retraction and apology from Mr. McIntosh. The last two retractions; one of which occurred last week were done on his behalf by the paper. To read Mac’s mess click here. LINK
Last week’s retraction LINK His leaked story over the CAO candidates, the one the mayor ran out of the council chamber of when I asked him to confirm if he was himself Claude’s source. LINK Apology over the Rivette hatchet job. LINK Our calling him on his Rivette hatchet job. LINK
And to see some really bizarre shite in action you can check out the mayor and council scrambling to repel Councilor’s Dupelle & Rivette’s motion to have a link to our 100 Letter campaign and the city’s facebook page.
And finally; it’s funny that Mac is writing about CFN instead of the hottest topic locally of the week, the Whistle Blowing issue at City Hall after Fay Brunning released a statement that she is representing two city managers? Now that’s toxic. Doubt we’ll ever see a column about that. Mr. McIntosh also stated that former CAO Paul Fitzpatrick, whose friendship with the mayor has been a huge issue and conflict for the city; would never resign or retire. Oops! Claude got that wrong too.
Is Mr. McIntosh that afraid of losing his best source at City Hall?
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