Those of you who read my post about how a supporter of the Caledonia criminals tried – quite unsuccessfully I must say – to link me to a phoney white supremacist website will recall that the title of the post was: “Caledonia criminals sink to a new low – if that’s possible.” Well, the Hamilton Inquirer, er, Hamilton Spectator has decided to join the race to see who can cover themselves in the most slime at the bottom of the garbage dump.
Gary McHale and an undercover law enforcement officer who runs NY Crimewatch have been feeding the Hamilton Spectator information and documents to their reporters that have helped the paper publish the ‘Tobacco Kings’ stories about the cigarette industry on the Six Nations Reserve. Although the Spectator allows native-run media outlets to publish their stories, they demanded that McHale stop reprinting the very stories he helped create!
Gary and NY Crimewatch decided to tell the Spectator that they would no longer speak to their reporters or provide information to them. Here’s where we pick up the trail of slime…
1. On October 17th, 2006 the Hamilton Spectator ran an opinion piece called, “Resident’s wise to avoid march” in which the first sentence was as follows:
“Most Caledonia residents showed good sense in ignoring Sunday’s “March for Freedom,” organized by a Richmond Hill couple to highlight the “two-tier” justice system alleged to exist in Caledonia.”
If you haven’t already done so, read my last post called: “March for Freedom – what really happened in Caledonia on Oct 15/06.” I outline all of the stuff that the mainstream media didn’t want you to see, including the fact that a whole bunch of people, including two very brave women, came out to peacefully protest and shine light on the awful degradation in our justice system at the hands of the OPP. For the Spectator to imply that the people who came out to support the March for Freedom didn’t have ‘good sense’ is a blatant distortion of the truth, and they damn well know it.
2. Opposite the article mentioned above, the Spectator included an editorial cartoon that is a disgusting personal attack on Gary McHale and all the citizens who came out to stand against the evil that is attacking our democracy. The cartoon personally ridicules McHale’s weight as it shows him standing at a hot dog cart, saying “Got any pogos? I’m hungry.” Behind him are a bunch of rednecks in lumber jackets. One holds a pitchfork, another a confederate flag(!). The caption reads, “OPP STRATEGY FOR HANDLING THE NEXT CALEDONIA ‘MARCH FOR FREEDOM’: CREATE A DIVERSION.”
I spoke to Gary McHale today, and he asked me to pass on his thanks to the Spectator for lowering itself to personal attacks on his weight because it just gave him more credibility and ammunition. As he said, “That’s the best they’ve got? Our justice system is under attack, and the Hamilton Spectator is reduced to personal attacks on me and the people of Caledonia?”
Indeed; what happened to journalistic integrity? Does the Hamilton Spectator write about the inspiring speeches and brave words of two of the most courageous women I have ever met, AnneMarie VanSickle and Mary-Lou LaPratt? No, they decided to pretend that McHale was leading a bunch of rednecks in a lynching party instead of telling the truth: that several thousand average, law abiding citizens came out to peacefully protest against criminals and the inaction of police and their politicians.
If the Hamilton Spectator actually had a reporter there that day they know the truth. Shame on them for not telling it! Our media are supposed to be the watchdogs of democracy; instead the Spectator allowed a silly and unnecessary quarrel to drag them down into the gutter. I can’t tell you how disappointed I am.
I’m pleased to report that this story was picked up by NY Crimewatch.
P.S. If anyone in Hamilton/Caledonia wants to organize a boycott of the Hamilton Spectator, I would LOVE to write about it and link to it.
For the truth about October 15/06, please see March for Freedom – what really happened…
For background on the Caledonia crisis, see MARCH FOR FREEDOM: the movie