Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Joys of the Corporate World (and the Death of Truth)

You may be missing George Gombossy's byline in the Hartford Courant. His bosses at the Tribune Company let him go (fired is a better word) because the truth was getting in the way of revenues or what's left of them.

"The Courant fired me, for speaking out on issues of public concern as the paper's Watchdog columnist: as the voice and protector of consumers and taxpayers.

The late-19th and early 20th-century news columnist Finley Peter Dunne said a newspaper's job is to "comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable." It's a motto I believe in."

His full explanation is in this week's Hartford Advocate and on his new website, ctwatchdog.com. Read it and you'll continue to sigh for the eventual demise of a once independent voice in central Connecticut.


Anonymous said...

What a shame....! I looked forward to his column each week.

Anonymous said...

I'm not so saddened by this. I work for Northeast Utilities. Admittedly, they are not perfect, but they care very much about their customers and are more than willing to correct their honest mistakes.

Mr. Gombassy seems to have some sort of vendetta and take every opportunity to make CL&P look like they want to rip everyone off. He prefers drama rather than telling both sides of the story and resolving issues.

Your neighbors, friends and family work at NU (CL&P) - they do care about their community and want to do the right thing.

I'm really tired of his ranting.

RICK said...

I really enjoyed George's columns, especially the ones devoted to the borderline criminal conduct of Northeast Utilities. Perhaps the linemen care about their customers but the head honchos care only about busting the union and maximizing profits at the expense of the little guy.

Logical Shopper said...

As another disappointed longtime reader of the Courant, I have come to a disquieting conclusion: if the Courant keeps up any kind of reporting on consumer issues, they will only report on the wrong doings of non-advertisers. So, I will be safer buying from NON-Advertisers.

Anyone see any holes in this logic?