A review of local news websites show that only two allow anonymous posts: the Standard-Freeholder and the Cornwall Free News. Both sites have some moderation of comments, but a review of activity over the past several months have led staff to concur with the generalized assessment of the practice by the American Journalism Review: “Comment sections are often packed with profanity, and vicious personal attacks.”
CFN – That dear viewers of CFN is what the City of Cornwall issued as a report and was endorsed by City Council and the Mayor.
Normally CFN is advocating for citizens or causes. Today we’re advocating to fight a lie against us written in a city report that they have refused to allow us to rebut. We’re asking our viewers to support us back by signing our online petition below.
Can you imagine as a local company reading something purposely presented to the public that was clearly a bold lie?
Anyone of the over 53,000 Unique visitors per month that visit CFN can tell you about the quality of our content, especially our viewer comments.
In today’s world CBC has f bombs on its radio show.
But that is exactly what the city of Cornwall has done to CFN as they used this policy to institute a boycott that is not only from the City; but has extended to agencies connected to the city; some of which depend on the city for monies such as our Library, Hospital, Museum, Art Gallery, and Tourism agency all of which refuse to advertise on the largest media outlet in their city. In fact many of these agencies refuse to even have sit down meetings.
We have now asked the city to allow CFN to appear before council to challenge their statement above seven times. The CFIB asked the mayor and city twice; all times we have been refused to repudiate the statement by the city in the same spot that they smeared us.
CFN has always had fully pre-moderated comments. We have always had a process where people can post their complaint if so or ask for moderation.
Oddly enough the City of Cornwall not a single time wrote in asking for any correction or removal of a comment and that’s with over 35,000 comments on CFN in four years.
Nor has CFN ever had to print a retraction.
Irony? The quote used has to date not been found in the American Journalism Review.
wrote released the following about his policy;
I’d like to take this opportunity to clarify City Council’s recent decision regarding the establishment of an advertising policy.
There have been some misguided suggestions that this is an attempt to censor public discussion. This is simply not the case. The City of Cornwall enjoys a positive working relationship with the media, and it is one that we value and respect. Members of City Council and City Administration always make themselves available to the media and the public.
The City is also open and receptive to feedback and constructive criticism from members of the public. We welcome public input because it helps us to better understand residents’ concerns and priorities surrounding municipal matters.
The motion debated and passed by Council dealt solely with advertising and was strictly about the City of Cornwall’s right to choose where to advertise. City staff believe that advertising on web sites or publications with offensive content undermines the positive values of the City of Cornwall brand. This includes websites or publications outside of Cornwall. These guidelines have always been followed as an ‘unwritten rule’ – the Council report simply examined the issue in an open and transparent manner.
The City has not asked the media to do anything. In fact, local journalists already follow their own professional guidelines regarding what is acceptable commentary, and local media organizations already enact varying policies to remove what is perceived to be offensive commentary. The City of Cornwall’s advertising guidelines simply mirror the same generally accepted guidelines in place in most media organizations.
Mayor Bob Kilger
Here is the chart that the City released for 2011. In spite of being low man on the totem poll of major media we sent the city the most web traffic for 2011 of any listed below. We also sent them the most in 2012 from old archived ads even though we’re being boycotted! The city has refused to issue a similar chart for 2012 in spite of repeated requests.
So we’ve decided to ask you, our amazing viewers to come to our aid and sign our online petition asking the city to grant CFN the same amount of time to rebut the slur made against CFN and our community.
The Freeholder responded to this policy by limiting comments on their site (they only moderate post comment as they have key word filters for pre comments) and in fact in many stories simply do not allow any public comments.
We need more accountability and transparency in this world; especially by our paid elected officials and staff.
The City of Cornwall can choose to advertise where it wishes; but they do not have the right to slur any business nor to impact other businesses choice of where to advertise; nor allegedly threaten businesses that do.
We the undersigned request that CFN be given time to speak to Council as soon as possible to rebut its Advertising Policy Statement
This petition is now closed.
End date: Jul 03, 2014
Signatures collected: 141
Signature goal: 250
|141||Sylvie Brunet||Ottawa||Jul 15, 2013|
|140||Michel Ouimet||Alexandria||Jul 14, 2013|
|139||Dave Murray||Cornwall||Jul 14, 2013|
|138||Kevin Rivette||Cornwall||Jul 14, 2013|
|137||James Borer||Lunenburg||Jul 10, 2013|
|136||Julie Cameron||Timmins||Jul 09, 2013|
|135||Stéphane Groulx||Ottawa||Jul 08, 2013|
|134||Owen Mekitarian||Cornwall||Jul 07, 2013|
|133||Don Craig||South Dundas SDG||Jul 07, 2013|
|132||Ron Poirier||Cornwall||Jul 06, 2013|
|131||Bobby Liebrecht||Cornwall||Jul 05, 2013|
|130||Debora Liebrecht||cornwall||Jul 05, 2013|
|129||Mary Anne Pankhurst||S. Glengarry||Jul 04, 2013|
|128||Ronald Bubar||Fredericton||Jul 03, 2013|
|127||Clayton Arcand||Cornwall||Jul 03, 2013|
|126||Stacey Watters||Cornwall||Jul 03, 2013|
|125||richard tremblay||cornwall||Jul 02, 2013|
|124||wayne hawthorne||Picture Butte||Jul 02, 2013|
|123||Furtz A. Bootbomb||Dog Patch||Jul 01, 2013|
|122||rebecca gallinger||cornwall||Jul 01, 2013|
|121||Phil Miller||Cornwall||Jun 30, 2013|
|120||Jen Samler||Cornwall||Jun 29, 2013|
|119||Chris Samler||Cornwall||Jun 29, 2013|
|118||Stephanie Taillon||Cornwall||Jun 29, 2013|
|117||Ken Moran||Cornwall||Jun 29, 2013|
|116||Leanne Morin||Montreal||Jun 29, 2013|
|115||Denis Godin||Ottaw||Jun 29, 2013|
|114||Radica Godin||Ottawa||Jun 29, 2013|
|113||tammy armstrong||green valley||Jun 29, 2013|
|112||Brian Weir||Alexandria||Jun 29, 2013|
|111||Charles Wilkins||Keswick||Jun 28, 2013|
|110||Heather Wilkins||Keswick||Jun 28, 2013|
|109||Allan Walker||Cornwall||Jun 28, 2013|
|108||Mark Walker||Cornwall||Jun 28, 2013|
|107||Elizabeth Lederhose||St.Calixte||Jun 28, 2013|
|106||Tim Williams||Moncton||Jun 28, 2013|
|105||John Elkin||Ottawa||Jun 28, 2013|
|104||Robert Birks||Orleans||Jun 28, 2013|
|103||David Granger||Cornwall||Jun 28, 2013|
|102||Clifford Parmeter||ottawa||Jun 28, 2013|
|101||Brian McNicholl||cornwall||Jun 28, 2013|
|100||Lou Israel||toronto||Jun 28, 2013|
|99||Rev. Moran McMahon||Orleans||Jun 28, 2013|
|98||E. Armstrong||Jun 28, 2013|
|97||Marjorie Hurley||Ottawa||Jun 28, 2013|
|96||Kathy Kashuba||Red Deer||Jun 28, 2013|
|95||melanie primeau||cornwall||Jun 28, 2013|
|94||Kristine Picken||Cornwall||Jun 28, 2013|
|93||Barry Jackson||St. Lazare||Jun 28, 2013|
|92||Donald Leaman||Salisbury||Jun 28, 2013|
|91||Jurgen Vollrath||Embrun||Jun 28, 2013|
|90||Douglas McBurney||Ottawa||Jun 28, 2013|
|89||george clarkin||ottawa||Jun 28, 2013|
|88||Susan Terriah||Cornwall||Jun 28, 2013|
|87||Anthony Silvestro||Ottawa||Jun 28, 2013|
|86||Dorothy Fuhrman||Kelowna||Jun 28, 2013|
|85||Joy Dykeman||Jun 28, 2013|
|84||Kim McConnell||Fournier||Jun 28, 2013|
|83||Darlene Walsh||Cornwall||Jun 28, 2013|
|82||Shawn Anderson||Lower Coverdale||Jun 28, 2013|
|81||melba green||Miskooseepi First Nation||Jun 28, 2013|
|80||Karen Harris||Elmsdale||Jun 28, 2013|
|79||Keith Berube||Ottawa||Jun 28, 2013|
|78||R W||Ottawa||Jun 28, 2013|
|77||Ken Davies||Long Sault||Jun 28, 2013|
|76||Carol Pawley||Penticton||Jun 28, 2013|
|75||Kenneth T. Tellis||Mississauga||Jun 28, 2013|
|74||Maxine Holloway||Ottawa||Jun 28, 2013|
|73||Colonel James Brown (retired)||MONTREAL||Jun 28, 2013|
|72||Michael Laplante||Cornwall||Jun 28, 2013|
|71||Sylvain Lefebvre||Cornwall||Jun 28, 2013|
|70||Brent Coffey||Cornwall||Jun 28, 2013|
|69||Linda Beaudin||Cornwall||Jun 28, 2013|
|68||Tammy Fortier||Cornwall||Jun 28, 2013|
|67||Mark A. MacDonald||Cornwall||Jun 28, 2013|
|66||MARC RIVETTE||CORNWALL||Jun 28, 2013|
|65||TERRY HAWKSHAW||CORNWALL||Jun 27, 2013|
|64||Louise Kingdon||Cornwall||Jun 27, 2013|
|63||alain duval||Cornwall||Jun 27, 2013|
|62||Barry Trudell||Cornwall||Jun 27, 2013|
|61||Melissa Jarvo||Cornwall||Jun 27, 2013|
|60||Sharon Parisien||Cornwall||Jun 27, 2013|
|59||Gary Freeman||Cornwall||Jun 27, 2013|
|58||Michael Clifton||toronto||Jun 27, 2013|
|57||Jack White||Cornwall||Jun 27, 2013|
|56||Leslie O’Shaughnessy||Cornwall||Jun 27, 2013|
|55||Bob Noble||Ingleside||Jun 27, 2013|
|54||ronda Dickie||Jun 27, 2013|
|53||Helene A Lynch||Cornwall||Jun 27, 2013|
|52||Richard Lynch||Cornwall||Jun 27, 2013|
|51||Debbie Cameron||Long Sault||Jun 27, 2013|
|50||Richard Komorowski||Cornwall||Jun 26, 2013|
|49||J Malyon||Jun 26, 2013|
|48||hugh mcphail||cornwall||Jun 26, 2013|
|47||Cody Lapierre||Cornwall||Jun 26, 2013|
|46||Larry Shannon||St-Pie||Jun 26, 2013|
|45||Rebecca Lascelle||Cornwall||Jun 26, 2013|
|44||D Locey||Cornwall||Jun 26, 2013|
|43||Henrietta Flapjack||Lansdowne||Jun 26, 2013|
|42||Jeff Lalonde||cornwall||Jun 26, 2013|
|41||Christopher Fry||Cornwall||Jun 26, 2013|
|40||al benson||Jun 26, 2013|
|39||Steven McIntosh||North Gower||Jun 26, 2013|
|38||Colleen McIntosh||North Gower||Jun 26, 2013|
|37||Gerald Wood||Cornwall||Jun 26, 2013|
|36||Cory Cameron||Timmins||Jun 26, 2013|
|35||David MacDonald||Cornwall||Jun 26, 2013|
|34||William E. Beattie||Cornwall||Jun 26, 2013|
|33||Joy Ann El-Khouri||Ottawa||Jun 26, 2013|
|32||mary bray||cornwall||Jun 26, 2013|
|31||Christopher Cameron||long sault||Jun 26, 2013|
|30||Reg Coffey||Ingleside||Jun 26, 2013|
|29||WILLIAM. R. PARISIEN||CORNWALL||Jun 26, 2013|
|28||Laszlo Szekely||cornwall||Jun 26, 2013|
|27||Amy Karelse||Cornwall||Jun 26, 2013|
|26||Rosvita Lauterbach||Merrickville||Jun 26, 2013|
|25||David Oldham||Cornwall||Jun 26, 2013|
|24||Dayle Whitney||Cornwall||Jun 26, 2013|
|23||Michael Iwachniuk||Carleton Place||Jun 26, 2013|
|22||Charles Branchaud||Long Sault||Jun 26, 2013|
|21||Laurie Branchaud||Long Sault||Jun 26, 2013|
|20||Myke Wilder||Montreal||Jun 26, 2013|
|19||ron couchman||cornwall||Jun 26, 2013|
|18||Michele Fish||Cornwall||Jun 26, 2013|
|17||Angie Boisvenue||cornwall||Jun 26, 2013|
|16||Alison Dallas||Finch||Jun 26, 2013|
|15||Curry Dallas||Finch||Jun 26, 2013|
|14||Clifford Stork||Cornwall||Jun 26, 2013|
|13||Jennifer B||Cornwall||Jun 26, 2013|
|12||Kelly Ward-MacDonald||Cornwall||Jun 26, 2013|
|11||liz leduc||cornwall||Jun 26, 2013|
|10||Gary Davies||Cornwall||Jun 26, 2013|
|9||Jamie Gilcig||Cornwall||Jun 26, 2013|
|8||Helene Paquin||Cornwall||Jun 26, 2013|
|7||Gord Fletcher||Jun 26, 2013|
|6||Darcy Donnelly||Fournier||Jun 26, 2013|
|5||Rev. Thomas J. Newton||Lunenburg||Jun 26, 2013|
|4||Kimberly Mccourt||Cornwall||Jun 26, 2013|
|3||Stanley Stork||Cornwall||Jun 26, 2013|
|2||Gary Samler||Cornwall||Jun 26, 2013|
|1||shelley boisvenue||cornwall||Jun 26, 2013|
The nature of the Mayor and City’s actions have hampered CFN’s growth and potentially its survival. It hurts economic and cultural development of our community. But mostly it reinforces the message that Cornwall Ontario is not a good place to start a small business and that’s not what this City is about.
Local businesses should not be afraid to advertise on the largest media outlet in the city for fear of financial retaliation by City Officials elected or not.
Jamie Gilcig – Editor – The Cornwall Free News
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