CFN – Wow. I am absolutely floored by how much interest has been showed in the issue of Online Anonymity regarding posts. I’ve been flooded by emails and calls and it’s interesting to see how petty some of the competing media has been.
The Free Holder who also have been targeted by the City report did a story, but of course left us out of their story. They didn’t defend the point or debate it; simply report the comments at council.
Le Journal’s Greg Kielec made a few twitter posts about it, again not mentioning us by name, but I have to give Greg some slack as he’s been busy with some strong material about CAO Paul Fitzpatrick’s myriad of cases against the city.
And today Joel Herrington; a charming gent offered his opinion in the Seaway News. Essentially if you have nothing nice to say; shut up and if you have something to say sign your name.
That’s a very antiquated way to look at things especially when some people are in very sensitive jobs. Having chatted with Joel I’m kinda wondering if those are his words or his managing editors?
Bottom line is that if it’s our job in the media to report “the truth” why are so few doing so? At least locally? Monday night I sat next to the Cornwall Daily’s Bill Kingston and their new anchor (another bright mind from Toronto coming to the sticks to make a name for herself so that she can work her way to the bigger markets) and challenged Bill to actually write about the reality of this situation.
Of course, true to corporate self you didn’t read anything there.
How many issues have been treated this way? If the city is going to throw its weight around and cut advertising to any media that THEY find offensive what is the value of the media? Is it just one big ad bag? I don’t have a problem with that. I do have a problem with the hypocrisy of some media outlets that suggest they are high and mighty when it comes to standards when they are just presstitutes.
In the meanwhile the only profanity to grace CFN in an awful long times was Councilor Syd Gardiner’s use of a derogatory term in our video of the coverage of this subject. You can witness his demented rambling which also included a bizarre reference to Dr. Oz in the video clip below. You can also watch the gross hypocrisy of Councilor Elaine MacDonald who was quite happy to have her election team during the provincial election not only post without disclosing their full names, but also post questions at debates without disclosing that they were working on her campaign. Also, why is she entering this debate when she has a direct relationship with Our Home Town as a columnist? Is that not a conflict of interest?
And we’re rolling out one of our polls on the subject.
The topic of Online Anonymity is an interesting subject. Both sides have merits. We here at CFN are leaning towards a more stringent moderation policy rather than try and create a non legally enforceable policy. It should be interesting to see if the City of Cornwall choose a more enlightened direction or chooses to cut its ties with the number one and two media in Cornwall which seems like an awful odd way to promote its brand. In light of Project Truth and the cases coming to light against it from Police Brutality to abuse of City Staff, and now attacking local media many are starting to wonder what its “Brand” is?
You may post your comments below. Please don’t use the same language as Councilor Gardiner though as we do not tolerate such words here at The Cornwall Free News