CFN – The buzz is that Tony Muma is coming back to Cornwall and the Freeholder. Some of you may remember the crack reporter who lost his job when Quebecor chopped a bunch of jobs last winter.
Mr. Muma was supposed to come to CFN after his termination but disappeared. Poof, without a word! We’re happy to know he’s well and from what we heard will be replacing one of the current staffers of the Free Holder. Apparently most of the girls are leaving the Free Holder.
Speaking of the Free Holder Claude McIntosh was scribbling about me; but this week he crossed a line by writing a very big bold faced lie.
Mr. McIntosh stated that I had written the following.
… The Blogger announced that Denis Thibault had been fired as head of the Eastern Ontario Training Board. That is news to Thibault (and his employer). “Ya, I was surprised to hear that,” chuckled Thibault. His is just one of many bogus resignation annoucements posted by The Blogger over the last 18 months.
Of course Mr. McIntosh never put a link or posted an image of me typing such words. In this instance it’s simply because they don’t exist as I never typed them. How Mr. McIntosh could knowingly lie is odd enough. How an editor or two at the Free Holder could allow it to go through without fact checking is quite another.
There are certain freedoms when it comes to opinions. For instance if I said Etienne St. Aubin was a jerk it’s fair dinkum even if Mr. St. Aubin isn’t a jerk. If I state as fact that Mr. St. Aubin is a jerk because he did something and he didn’t then it’s not fair dinkum as the Free Holder discovered when they had to print an apology for Claude’s outburst?
Solutions to lying like Claude has? I can send a note to Brian Dryden at the Freeholder and Tycho Manson, their legal beagle in Toronto. If they make it a big a laugh as they have in the past then I’m forced to issue suit which is timely and costs money.
Should anyone have to sue to stop a media outlet from lying about them or defaming them on a semi-consistent basis?
What kind of professional media outlet behaves that way? As much as some people make fun of the Sun they are a professional news organization. I can’t imagine them sinking to this behavior as a news organization even in a competitive media war.
As for calling me a blogger again instead of stating the truth, that we are an online newspaper, Mr. McIntosh works for a newspaper that passed on sharing with the public that the only hospital in this city had mould in the CCU unit.
This weekend a story ended up in this newspapers lap because they called the Freeholder Saturday morning and it was closed. They called us and that story has pulled in over 25,000 page views and over 1,500 you tube views of our interview footage, and gone National appearing on Bourque Newswatch Saturday.
The Free Holder also didn’t cover the largest Day Care in our city being shut down by the ministry, nor a SIU police incident Friday night.
Nor did they cover Wal-Mart trying to boot out our local school bus drivers Survivor night fund raiser for CHEO. After CFN, the only media outlet to come to the driver’s aid, did a story did the good folks at Wal-Mart change their mind and the driver’s broke a record raising over $14,000.
The Free Holder doesn’t cover a lot of hard news. The scary part is what important hard news haven’t they covered over the years?
Maybe they should hire a few “bloggers” ?
No Mr. McIntosh, you can keep calling me a blogger. The FreeHolder can keep allowing you to outright lie in your column. They can keep ignoring our community and not cover real news about real people in our city because they’re worried about losing an ad here or there.
The Free Holder has all but ignored the Whistleblowing cases. It’s all but ignored Elder Abuse stories. And it all but fought against the victims from Project Truth. A muzzle order prevents us from writing about a conviction that if shared would hugely humiliate and clarify the Free Holder’s role during Project Truth.
Newspapers have a role and responsibility, especially in a smaller community. When a newspaper turns a blind eye to injustice it’s horrible. When it participates in covering up injustices what term would you use for that?
Mr. McIntosh has been writing about myself and CFN for quite awhile. He refuses to use my name, but by using the name of our Paralegal in our lawsuit against the city has clearly identified myself and CFN. He has lied to the community. The Free Holder has lied to our amazing community.
We all deserve better.
In the meanwhile we will live up to the promise of our Mission Statement and vision; something that over 53,000 Unique Visitors believed in during the month of May; a rise of over 25% from April.
Hopefully one day this city’s media will live up to higher standards. Hopefully when caught lying there will be a public outcry.
What a dark sad day for our community when such lies are told in public. And if as speculated by many, that Mr. McIntosh and the Free Holder are doing so at the behest of most likely their largest advertiser, the City of Cornwall what does that say about our community?
Jamie Gilcig – Editor – The Cornwall Freenews – The Most read newspaper in Cornwall Ontario by Cornwall Ontarians.
And darn proud of it!