I’ve always been firm believer that if you’re going to do something go all in so in a sense I have to give self described “hack” Todd Lihou credit, but there’s a certain disclosure in his editorial in this week’s tiny 28 page release of TC media’s Seaway News.
Mr. Lihou seems to have a near Brock Frost like obsession with yours truly and his behavior highlights the culture in our city that has so many leaving and even more refusing to visit or settle.
You see, as an filmmaker and artist myself I am affiliated with TAG Cornwall, our city’s only public art gallery. Very few business or entities have survived as long as the 29 that our art gallery have on Pitt Street yet here is a media company like TC media allowing Mr. Lihou to wage his banal petty tantrum against myself and CFN at the expense of our city’s only true art institution.
Only in Cornwall. You see it’s not Mr. Lihou’s words, but the seeming free pass that he gets from his associates and co-workers.
In his editorial Lihou guffaws at how Councilor Claude MacIntosh was reading the Cornwall Living magazine (a shameless plug for the TC Media product subsidized via Bob Peters and Economic Development of the City of Cornwall) during the gallery’s update to council.
Could you imagine if a councilor did that during a presentation from the United Way or any other presentation? Honestly? That’s the same kind of utter disrespect that gets applause by the kind of people that cheer on those that still brag in our city about bullying Ryan Gosling when he went to school here.
Is it any wonder that Cornwall loses millions of dollars in free tag along publicity as Ryan’s career blooms?
Mr. Lihou’s complaint this week was our presentation to council; calling it a “commercial.”
Any group or individual can ask council for up to ten minutes to present info. TAG was not welcomed with open arms. We in fact were sorta jerked around for a few months before given our slot.
We shared at the great success we’ve had this year in cleaning up the gallery, how we updated our charter, rolled out a new membership structure, added our Artist Guild, and still had programming while our funding was cut to zero.
We also increased every measurable metric from attendence to earned revenue from art sales all while going through a major board transition, the end of long tenure of our executive director (who we wish well in her future endeavors) and managed to keep the doors open.
The Seaway News has hacked at the Gallery since I joined its board even while we purchased advertising from them. During the Apples and Art festival they covered two venues within a block of the gallery while omitting the gallery even though we probably were one of the busiest venues of the event.
TAG was asked why we purchased an ad for our Aislin show and our answer is that like any media it’s about the viewers and not who is writing there or who we like or don’t like.
Frankly city council is about the public. It’s for the public, and instead of complaining about sitting at the media table having to listen to a presentation we should see more groups and real issues covered at council.
That Councilor MacIntosh still works for the Seaway News is troubling enough as many have cited inside info that the outlet could only have had via internal leak. The optics are hinky.
All one has to do is pull up Mr. Lihou’s coverage of the mayorlty race that this scribbler ran in as well as his coverage of my false police charges here in the city, or the conflict of interest application against the mayor and two councilors, and you don’t have to be as smart as Mr. Lihou to see a clear,obvious, and consistent prejudice.
IF the gallery would close from the impact of this petty, childish, and utterly unprofessional behavior would that improve our city? Would it help the arts locally? One of the big problems we have in Cornwall is this type of thinking and behavior by people like Mr. Lihou, Mr. MacIntosh, and their friends and supporters.
This piece was even more juvenile that the diatribe by Freeholder editor Hugo Rodrigues where he tried to frame the 33 year old charity as not a public art gallery!
There is of course a huge difference between CFN and the Seaway News. They profess to practice traditional journalism while CFN doesn’t hide that we’re a “Gonzo” styled newspaper. We focus on opinion and toss out the veneer of objectivity. That being said we still have to tell truths like any media outlet. You can’t make stuff up; and if you’re going to spout any opinion it’s usually wise to actually support that opinion which is what got Claude MacIntosh tossed from the Free Holder.
After all the last piece he ever had published there was a diatribe against….. yours truly.
What do you think dear CFN viewers? You can post your comments below.
Disclosure: Jamie Gilcig is on the board of TAG Cornwall