CFN – Imagine waking up to phone’s ringing and reading in the paper that you somehow abused your power of position and did wrong doing? Imagine the impact on yourself and family? That’s exactly what happened when Standard Freeholder writer Claude McIntosh wrote his usual weekly piece
Councilor Andre Rivette and his family have some justice today as the Standard Free Holder printed “For the Record” statement of apology which categorically pointed out some of the inaccuracies that Claude McIntosh wrote in his hatchet job on the Councilor and esteemed member of the police board.
The Coffee Break column of July 14th carried several inaccuracies regarding a traffic stop by a city police officer.
Coun. Andre Rivette, a respected member of the police services board, was a passenger, not the driver, he was not asked to show his driver’s licence and ownership. There was no verbal disagreement between the councillor and the officer.
We apologize to Coun. Rivette for any embarrassment the inaccuracies in the column may have caused him.
There was no McIntosh column on the Free Holder’s website as of 7:50 AM. (it’s usually posted Friday nights.) It was in Saturday’s print edition.
Speaking with Councilor Rivette this morning he had the following to say:
I’m very happy with Editor Brian Dryden’s actions to rectify this unfortunate situation that impacted myself and my family.
This of course is not the first time Mr. McIntosh has played footsie with facts. We published a piece about him calling two well respected gentlemen jerks for statements that not only they didn’t make, but that Mr. McIntosh nor any Free Holder staffer was present to hear.
The biggest question of this situation is whether there are issues with the Cornwall Police when it comes to information? There allegedly were only three people with legitimate access to this story and with all three stating they didn’t leak anything where did Mr. McIntosh get the seed to write his story?
Was he asked to write it by an interested party? Did he hear police scuttlebutt (his son is an officer with the force) or did he just make up contents to suit the direction of his hatchet?
Mr. McIntosh did not personally apologize it should be noted. Is this apology simply damage control?
What do you think dear viewers? Should any journalist be able to hurt people without some grasp of facts in the manner that Mr. McIntosh did? You can post your comments below.
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