CFN – It’s a foggy morning here in Cornwall Ontario as I write this. Just getting my morning pot of Green tea going and having a bit of toast as I wait for my old dog to wake up. She sleeps in later and later. She’s 11. She’s had a wonderful life and hopefully it can continue for a long time. She’s not as busy as she was when she was a pup, but she still has her moments.
So to does Claude McIntosh. Sadly big corporate media has diminished his role with the Standard Free Holder. Part of me is sad and part of me is glad as he’s the only other columnist in our fair city. We rarely are of the same position on a given point; especially when it comes to city hall where his long time relationships I think can sometimes colour or tinge the tones his keyboard sprays into the universe. But I’ve learned quite a bit from him and he’s a very generous scribbler to we younguns in the biz.
Did you read what Mac wrote last night?
Yeah – I thought it’d be much more stronger in tone
What a load of shite. Rumor mongering (expletive deletive)
Media is changing and it’s funny to see how different it can be. I personally think that we media have a certain obligation to the public especially when it comes to local politics. To omit the truth many times is as bad as fabricating it.
I can’t speak for other media but when I get reports or calls I have to verify them. An example being this weeks story about the CAO of Cornwall, Paul Fitzpatrick having his arse towed out of the Soccer fields for bewildering reasons that really don’t dance with a city vehicle instead of a tow truck.
I had the same calls come in with the same claims. What I did was verify things; in this case from Fitzy himself and then did an accurate report. Is that rumor mongering Claude? Why didn’t the Free Holder report on this in a timely fashion? Does the public not have a right to know how their tax dollars are being spent; especially as it looks like we’re going to get a 2% tax raise for antics like this and the city spending more having a large law firm monitor at least CFN if not other media than was spent advertising and marketing with us last year?
Is this rumor mongering?
Or Erica Stacey’s story?
Isn’t also the job of media outlets to “break” the news first, and not sit back and wait until it’s safe or to sugar coat it. Is it all about who gets the most money from City Hall to not earnestly report on City Hall in truthful terms?
It was funny that last Saturday we covered the attempted child abduction in Ingleside. I only released that info after getting a release from the OPP. Someone actually accused CFN of making it up because the Free Holder hadn’t reported that. The Free Holder did; two days later. The same on Chris Savard leaving town which we reported weeks ago and Claude mentioned today.
Rumor mongering is something that happens when the truth isn’t known. “X” looks ill. They don’t say anything; people speculate what’s wrong with “X”.
Good management always gets ahead of an issue or story because if you don’t it gets bigger. You can’t just stick your head in the sand and hope things go away. That again isn’t good management.
Is that how to attract people and business to our community?
And that ladies and gentleman at the end of the day is what all this is about here in Cornwall Ontario. Poor management from the top down that divides a community and causes already incredibly high taxes to go higher. That won’t change until Mr. Fitzpatrick loses his job and those responsible for protecting his many messes follow. As I told Councilor Murphy this week when he asked if I thought he should resign; “Anyone that supports the way Councilor Rivette was treated; the way CFN is being treated, and other shenanigans should definitely resign.”
We elect councilors to represent what’s best for the city of Cornwall. Not themselves, not the CAO, not their mistresses or moms. It’s really simple. The good news is that support at council seems to have shifted from 9-2 protecting our CAO to 7-4. When it gets to 5-6 maybe, just maybe our city can progress; some apologies be made, and a cycle broken so that we can heal and grow.
Jamie Gilcig – Editor – The Cornwall Free News
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