Friday, July 26, 2013
Anatomy of an HR Hatchet Job
In hindsight, the disclosure at the tail end of yesterday's post deserved a post of it's own.
This is the post, and here's the disclosure:
The Hoboken Reporter used the Plaintiff in the 'blogger lawsuit' as a media contact for the Mason for Mayor campaign, and in the words of a former reporter there knew him to be "an operative" yet....
...on August 19, 2012 The Hoboken Reporter wrote a lengthy article (3-pages) on the 'blogger lawsuit', a complaint predicated on claims that Plaintiff "is not a political operative"and omission of all political activities in Hoboken and all work for Councilwoman Beth Mason. The Plaintiffs' claim "not a political operative" is repeated 12 times (¶ 27, 34, 43, 49, 55, 58, 80, 83, 89, 92, 112, 120) and yet, The Hoboken Reporter did NOT question the veracity of what they knew to be false.
Instead, The Hoboken Reporter published excerpts of the Complaint that were allegations only. Multiple allegations. At that time, I had no legal representation nor the ability to effectively respond to the allegations which the paper disseminated citywide in print and online. Of course The Hoboken Reporter would have known that.
Oh, did I mention that my comments were buried on page THREE? But look who got a star turn on page TWO:
At the end of the day, not only did The Hoboken Reporter's dishonest coverage promote the allegations of an un-litigated complaint, in doing so it has had a demonstrably harmful effect on at least one Defendant- me.