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Why did the Hartford Courant fire George Gombossy?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by 2muchcoffeeman, Aug 17, 2009.

  1. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    Could he have been fired for doing his job as the paper's consumer advocate columnist and for writing bad-but-true things about (shockhorror) an advertiser?<blockquote>The last column, which the paper refused to run, is about a Connecticut Attorney General investigation into mattress emporium Sleepy's. The chain is accused of selling used mattresses as new, and—even worse—<a href="http://ctwatchdog.com/2009/08/14/sleepys-the-bedbug-column-the-courant-refused-to-publish-about-its-prime-advertiser">selling used mattresses infested with bedbugs as new</a>. Ew. . . .

    Gombossy is continuing his column as an independent blog, Connecticut Watchdog—<a href="http://ctwatchdog.com/">check it out</a>. He's looking for advertisers. Sleepy's has not yet signed up.</blockquote>http://consumerist.com/5338201/hartford-courant-consumer-columnist-fired-for-pissing-off-advertiser

    Obviously nobody from the Courant is quite saying so, which is why I framed the slug as a question.

    http://ctwatchdog.com/2009/08/14/sleepys-the-bedbug-column-the-courant-refused-to-publish-about-its-prime-advertiser
    http://thelaurelct.com/2009/08/07/hartford-courant-losing-its-watchdog/

    I'd say that this is pathetic and unacceptable, but it's probably more like par for the course.
     
  2. SockPuppet

    SockPuppet Active Member

    It's a Tribune Co. property, correct? In that case, the advertiser is always right.
     
  3. Lugnuts

    Lugnuts Well-Known Member

    Oh, it's supposedly a damn mess over there.

    New publisher -- comes from tv sales side -- magnet for trouble. A female reporter from the crosstown tv station he also runs recently filed an EEOC complaint-- for just about every bad thing you can think of-- sexual harassment (by said publisher himself), age discrimination, sex discrimination, and on and on.

    But in the complaint, she alleges that the Courant publisher was taking payments for news stories. She found out about it and confronted her supervisor, who told her this was one she would not win, or some such.

    Here's the complaint she filed if anybody's interested. It's a doozie.

    http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/upload/2009/07/veteran_reporter_files_agedisc/shelly1.pdf
     
  4. WriteThinking

    WriteThinking Well-Known Member

    Shelly, I hate to say it.

    But, to quote Bob Rockstroh, "You are not going to win this one."

    That's too bad, of course, but nonetheless true.
     
  5. kleeda

    kleeda Active Member

    My subscription is up next week. I'm leaning to "No" on getting the local paper for the first time in my adult life.
     
  6. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    Depends whether she has strong evidence to support her various contentions. A few salacious texts from Graziano may be all it takes, right?
     
  7. StormSurge

    StormSurge Active Member

  8. kleeda

    kleeda Active Member

    And the Courant posted their story. Shameless bastards.

    http://www.courant.com/business/hc-sleepys-0819.artaug19,0,7593076.story
     
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