On June 1st, I wrote a post drawing attention to a character assassination piece written by Collin Gallant of MHN. That unethical piece was a response to a still unpublished “letter to the editor” and sanctioned by the MHN’s own editors. At least one of the three editors, Bruce Penton, Kerri Sandford, or Scott Shmidt would have had to approve it. While publishing an article attacking a private citizen of Medicine Hat seemed pretty bad, and highly damaging to the credibility of the MHN, I never expected that they would attempt to dig ‘up’ out of the situation. I specifically stated that I was being hyperbolic when I said that MHN was putting on their inquisition credentials. It appears they missed that line, and took it as an outline of how they should proceed.
Today, June 12th, MHN published a “reply” “letter to the editor,” from a Karen D. LaHay. An employee of the Medicine Hat Public Libary (MHPL), who wanted to make sure you knew LaHay is a man who identifies as a woman. I will get into LaHay’s sanctimonious attack on a private citizen through a media platform that refuses to give the same courtesy to the man being attacked, in a moment. Right now I’m focusing on MHN’s complete lack of any integrity, ethics, or moral decency.
Through the obstinate refusal to publish Mr. Johnston’s letter, MHN displayed there complete lack of integrity, but it was the bias and discriminatory action of publishing a letter in response to the caricature of Mr. Johnston that Gallant shamelessly fabricated, that exposed their complete lack of ethics or ethical standards. Not, only that, but they published a letter that clearly besmirched, if not defamed, the identity of Mr. Johnston, and any of his “like minded followers.” That alone shows the moral depravity of the media organization. It also shows flagrant bigotry to opposing ideas and/or religious beliefs. MHN has clearly shown themselves to be intolerant hypocritical bullies, and like all bullies, they are also cowards. For only a coward would attack a man, let others attack that man, and refuse to allow that man to defend himself, and only a spiteful bully would encourage a mob to go after defenseless person for having the wrong opinion.
It is for those reasons that I feel I am compelled to call upon all the free thinking, religious, liberal, and falsely maligned people of Medicine Hat to boycott MHN news. I do not say this lightly, but it seems evidently clear that they can’t be trusted to be impartial in their reporting, and they appear to take a fair amount of glee in belittling the people of Medicine Hat, if they dare to disagree with the fascistic tactics of the LGBT™. Tolerant only of those who agree with them.
So, if you have a subscription, cancel it. If you advertise in the MHN, stop. Write letters to city council demanding that they no longer advertise with them either. Inform them of what MHN is doing. The only way the bullying will stop is if you stand up to them, and you do that, by refusing to give them your (lunch) money. I provided the e-mail addresses of the editors with their names at the top of the post. Write and demand an apology. Stand up, take courage, and defrock the inquisition.
Only a sincere, front page apology by every individual involved in the Gallant piece would sooth my outrage at the crass actions of the MHN. In the meantime, I doubt anyone boycotting them would actually miss them. Now, LaHay and the MHPL, that is a different situation altogether. How to handle that, is little different.
LaHay’s letter in response to the unseen letter by Mr. Johnston immediately jumps into mocking Mr. Johnston’s “two minutes of fame,” despite having had no moment of ‘fame’. LaHay then immediately gets the facts wrong, and says Mr. Johnston was given a platform to spread his alleged hatred. I see no platform that was given to Mr. Johnston, and I dare LaHay to actually state what exactly Mr. Johnston is alleged to have said that was so full of hate. It looks like LaHay has insider knowledge of this alleged letter, and if that is the case and the letter was given by anyone other than Mr. Johnston, that only makes LaHay out to be the unethical one. LaHay then claims that Mr. Johnston was engaging in a personal attack, but provides zero evidence of such. LaHay concludes by using revolutionary language stating the intolerant self-righteous arrogant crowd are here to stay. Then invites you all to come down to your tax funded public library to hear more condescending indignation about how special and worthy of praise they are and oppressive you are.
Now, I can’t speak for everyone else, but I for one don’t care to darken the doors of the MHPL ever again. Not to mention I don’t even need to know the details of the whole “social media policy” of the MHPL. It is plainly obvious that they have a set of values that they have chosen, and if you have other values, you are not welcome. Why anyone would want to be part of that toxic environment is beyond me. To employ a person who slanders a man in a public paper, and to double down by inviting the public to come and hear that employees life story as something empowering and to strive for is just shameful. If that is the kind of ethics they stand for, I would never wish for my children to learn anything from them. I want my kids to grow up valuing every person equally, not spitting vitriol and disdain at people who disagree with them. “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”