Saturday Standard Free Holder Columnist and dean of scribblers here in Cornwall Claude McIntosh penciled an column that was stunning on a multitude of levels.
First off he maligned two well respected members of the public; calling them “jerks”! LINK
He of course was not present at the meeting; nor were any reporters from the Free Holder. The only evidence of that session was video from CFN.
This first clip is the second half of a speech that suggests the committee resign.
It certainly was not rude and it did not single out any particular member of the committee.
Sadly, a couple of jerks decided to hijack the public consultation sessions at the civic complex to attack the integrity of waterfront development committee members, particularly Guy Menard and Roy Perkins, two civic-minded businessmen who have devoted countless hours to making this city a better place to live.
As you can see the crowd was supportive of the speaker and the moderator did not attack or moderate him. While Pat Finucan tried to do some damage control and protect the committee what was he really protecting? The crowd certainly did not respond to his request. I won’t even bother with Councilor Grants ridiculous explanation.
Again, while the first part of this speech is not in the clip at no time were Mr. Perkins or Menard mentioned by name.
A particularly mean-spirited attack was delivered by a local lawyer who accused Menard, a much respected second-generation builder, and Perkins, owner of the Rona store on Marleau Avenue and a Citizen of the Year Award recipient, of trying to cash in on a proposal to use parkland between the complex and marina for condo development.
The second so called “Jerk” is in this clip below (advance to the 14:13 mark)
This scribbler finds it totally ironic that Mr.McIntosh is attacking these citizens of good standing in the exact manner he his accusing them of attacking Mr Perkins and Menard. The only difference being that these two gentlemen did not do what Mr. MacIntosh claims nor were they…. “Jerks!”
Which begs the question as to where Mr. MacIntosh got his information? His column is possibly actionable. It’s a gross attack against people that care about their city and took the time to show up to a public meeting and spoke in a manner that drew a lot of applause from the crowd.
Do we really want to try and embarrass, humiliate, and bully people for simply speaking their opinions in this city? Is this truly our society here in Cornwall and how we do things? I should hope not.
Mr. MacIntosh has not responded to our call and email as of press time.
What do you think? Is this sort of journalism acceptable? Should people be maligned publicly in this manner without proper support; IE photos/video/ an actual reporter present?
You can post your comments below.