The Evil that Men do
My first reaction after reading this week’s Crowsnest Promoter editorial was to state to a friend when having coffee at the Stone’s Throw that I’m going to roast this guys nuts over a slow burning fire. But then I thought, that would be too kind. :-) Besides, I would be assuming his angst was directed at me when in fact it most likely was not. Instead, I’ve decided to report what I know of the truth on this matter in a fair and impartial manner, and then let my ‘dogs of war’ (blog readers) deal with him, as they see fit.
First, let me state the obvious. This editorial is nothing more than a hatchet job to appease mayor, council and administration while attacking their perceived detractors.
My sources tell me Joni MacFarlane, editor of the Crowsnest Promoter, is on stress leave due to mounting pressure having been exerted on her by her employers, as a result of complaints and threats of advertising cancellations by our municipality, due to how she has been faithfully doing her job in reporting the goings-on in our community, as they relate specifically to mayor and council’s on-going foibles and transgressions.
From the editorial (which this week is 2-3 times the normal size) we can clearly see as Doomsayer so astutely stated by way of comment in my previous post “a sugary endorsement of Mayor & council” while at the same time using last week’s flood as an opportunity and lead-up to launch a self-serving, visceral, and hateful frontal attack on Alternative Media (specifically local bloggers) that takes up at least half the space of his editorial filled with inaccuracies, half-truths and outright lies. Does he really believe he is saving his newspaper’s advertising account with our municipality with this blatant attack and smear campaign against bloggers, their readers and commenters, while directly attempting to muzzle freedom of expression?
It takes some chutzpah to come sauntering into a community for a week knowing little to nothing about the goings on prior, during, or afterward with respect to our flood situation and proceed by way of editorial to preach to the masses that your opinion only is the enlightened one, and all others are just the ramblings of negative people and the great unwashed. For your information (and without regurgitating everything that has already been said “on blogs” with our municipality’s serious ‘unpreparedness’ during this recent flood), back during the ’95 flood it is my understanding that Drain Bros. manned the Lyons Creek bridge with a backhoe for two weeks straight, and numerous volunteers and firefighters acted as spotters in key areas, thus mitigating flood damage. That did not happen this time around. As a result, we suffered serious, unnecessary and totally avoidable flood damage. In fact, this time around our municipality, because of literally burning bridges with our volunteers and former firefighters, had such a shortage of manpower that I heard on the radio today a dozen municipal workers from Pincher Creek were needed to assist us in our flood relief efforts. If these indisputable facts are not enough or worthy of discussion and even criticism by those who visit and participate on social media, such as blogs, then I know not what is?
Since when has it become fashionable in print media circles to suppress the truth, while ridiculing those in social media who report it?
I guess in his zeal to brown-nose and appease our mayor to curry his favour this is the part of the story Bryan negligently (or more likely, deliberately, I would suggest) neglected to report on to his readers, being fixated as he was in using the opportunity provided to take advantage and settle some unknown scores and in the process unfairly and cowardly attack those he had unfavourable dealings with in the past here when covering council, during Dean Ward’s term.
Personally, I never had any professional dealings with Bryan so I can’t see how his malicious and hurtful comments could have been personally directed at me. In fact, the handful of personal dealings we had together were always friendly and cordial, as the following recent email exchange attests to:
Sent: Friday, April 26, 2013 6:50 PM
Subject: Re: Welcome back and Good Luck!
Hey there John!
Thanks for the email! Great to hear from you.
Thanks for the email, I really appreciate it. Its good to be back.
Sent from Samsung Mobile
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From: John Prince
Date: Friday, April 26, 2013 6:46 PM
Subject: Welcome back and Good Luck!
When reading the Pincher Creek Echo just now I spotted your name and thought it sounded familiar and then when I read your ‘There’s a new editor in town’ it clicked.
Welcome back Bryan! I wanted to be one of the first to tell you so.
Unless, that is, Bryan is an unthinking, dim-witted, two-faced, hypocrite who would sell his own mother for an advantage to those who obviously think little of him and his profession? As the following audio clip of our mayor in conversation seems to confirm:
Sounds like “We have two newspapers and they put out a lot of crap”, doesn’t it?
Anyhow, the fact that Bryan has only recently returned to this area and in fact is not even from here but from Pincher Creek, and as a result has lost touch with the people and local situation here, while not fully doing his homework in the process before reporting on local events, while again at the same time attacking a huge segment of our population who actively use social media, makes one thankful that he is only filling in for a week. His type of journalism, laced with poison, could not be tolerated for much longer than that, I’m thinking. The following quote speaks to this very point. “If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”
In closing, and speaking on behalf of bloggers everywhere, I would just say, upon leaving the Pass next week Bryan to return to Pincher Creek, don’t let the door hit you in your ass as you leave. In addition, please give us some advance notice if you ever plan on filling in again here so that we can make sure we ^don’t buy your paper for that week. In addition, we extend an invitation to you to please be our guest and allow us to entertain you the next time you are in town. Some water-boarding sounds like fun… now doesn’t it, Bryan? :-)
Journalists work for their owners, the owners work for themselves. It has nothing to do with reporting truth.