Friday, December 9, 2011, Gary Daigneault used his Up Close show to launch a vicious and personal attack upon my character. This attack was not only malicious, it was sneaky. I was working at the time and I had no knowledge that it was occurring. So, how could I respond publicly to his accusations? In addition, he ran this vile rant all day on Monday. Do any of you believe that was responsible journalism? In my opinion, it was pure bullying, with a side of insanity.
This attack was in response to an article that I had written, titled “Has the Love of Money Corrupted Good Men?” The intended audience of this article was the citizens of 29. The questions, that Gary quoted, were last on a list of 5 or so questions for people to ask the city council. Not statements or false accusations. If Gary was so offended by these questions he had an opportunity to post on Cactus Thorns to answer the question regarding my article. I, on the other hand, had no opportunity to defend myself from his attack.
The following video is offered as proof that Gary did seek money from the City. Here’s my proof that my questions were based on reliable sources (In addition, you can also read or watch the August 9, 2011 city council meeting where Councilman Corbin asks if Gary was expected to provide 2 to 3 million and also watch or read City Manager Warne’s presentation of a community center with a theater for Theatre 29 by perusing city council meetings or asking for a dvd of those meetings.) There aren’t any other documents that can be found that link any discussions from Gary pitching a new idea, asking for funds from anywhere, to August 9 with Corbin’s statement, and then to October’s presentation that the city is funding the building that will house a Theatre for Theatre 29. I simply wanted to know the process of how it became a part of a Project Phoenix.
Enjoy and make of it what you will.