Courant finally publishes short story on Sleepy's, but leaves out damaging facts about its key advertiser

After getting egg all over their faces, the management of The Courant scrambled Monday to get something in the paper about Sleepy’s so they could prove they weren’t protecting one of their biggest advertisers.

In their rush to print, you will notice several things that were in my column that I had posted on this website that aren’t in The Courant’s article this morning, that was put together by Business Editor Dan Haar -an award winning,  ethical journalist, a great reporter, businesss editor, columnist, and a friend of mine (not to mention a great father). I wonder what pressures were exerted on him by Jeff and Rich – or they simply made Naedine do their dirty work.

What was left out was the the Better Business Bureau, which has had hundreds of complaints about Sleepy’s, tells consumer to be careful dealing with this company because of continuing complaints about the same issues it has been receiving for years. The BBB report also notes that Sleepy’s paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and restitutions in New York and New Jersey.

Maybe the new motto of The Courant could be “advertise with us and we will keep your back covered.”

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13 Comments on "Courant finally publishes short story on Sleepy's, but leaves out damaging facts about its key advertiser"

  1. “Maybe the new motto of The Courant could be “avertise with us and we will keep your back covered.”

    This will be a great motto during political season encouraging campaigns to advertise.

  2. Anne Longley | August 19, 2009 at 8:31 am |

    Hi George – Congratulations — great job. I can’t believe what’s happened to the Courant in the years since I was there…your leaving is their loss, plain and simple…and they’ll eventually see it.

    Just read your website, virtually in its entirety, and I too hope it’s around for a long time to come!

    Best to you and your family – Anne

  3. How about “All the news that fit to help our bottom line.”

  4. Its too bad that someone does not do an investigation on how the Courant Supervisors and Managers lie big time to get someone fired. They fabricate lies and sadly their Human Resources Department backs them up 100%. When its time for the hearing with HR to let you know that you are going to be fired, the accusers are such cowards that they don’t even show up for the meeting to be face to face with you.

  5. +1 4 George | August 19, 2009 at 11:25 am |

    Looks like the reporting strategy for consumer complaints is to treat each complaint as an isolated event and ignore history. This policy makes it appear that problems are mere slips, not underhanded business practice. That’s bad for consumers, but good for repeat offenders.

    I don’t think it’s a stretch to say we’re seeing a similar stifling editorial approach to handling reader responses to news and editorial. The Topix board used to be active and robust. Now? Zzzzzzz.

  6. George – maybe you should learn how to spell.

    Maybe the new motto of The Courant could be “avertise with us and we will keep your back covered.

  7. Eat A Peach | August 19, 2009 at 1:00 pm |

    Jennifer (or may I just call you Idiot?) – maybe you should learn not to open your mouth and insert foot. Also I would suggest that you consult a dictionary. The correct term is aDvertise (with a D) as there is no listing in ANY type of reference material with the term avertise (with no D). As sited:
    ad⋅ver⋅tise  /ˈædvərˌtaɪz, ˌædvərˈtaɪz/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [ad-ver-tahyz, ad-ver-tahyz] Show IPA verb, -tised, -tis⋅ing.

    –verb (used with object) 1. to announce or praise (a product, service, etc.) in some public medium of communication in order to induce people to buy or use it: to advertise a new brand of toothpaste.
    2. to give information to the public about; announce publicly in a newspaper, on radio or television, etc.: to advertise a reward.
    3. to call attention to, in a boastful or ostentatious manner: Stop advertising yourself!
    4. Obsolete. to give notice, advice, or information to; inform: I advertised him of my intention.
    5. Obsolete. to admonish; warn.

    –verb (used without object) 6. to ask for something by placing a notice in a newspaper, over radio or television, etc.: to advertise for a house to rent.
    7. to offer goods for sale or rent, solicit funds, etc., by means of advertisements: It pays to advertise.
    8. Cards. a. Poker. to bluff so as to make the bluff obvious.
    b. Rummy. to discard a card in order to induce an opponent to discard one of the same suit or denomination.

    Also, advertize.


    1400–50; late ME advertisen < MF avertiss-, long s. of avertir < VL *advertire, L advertere to advert 1 ; the expected ME *advertishen prob. conformed to advertisement or the suffix -ize

    Related forms:

    ad⋅ver⋅tis⋅a⋅ble  /ˈædvərˌtaɪzəbəl, ˌædvərˈtaɪ-/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [ad-ver-tahy-zuh-buhl, ad-ver-tahy-] Show IPA , adjective
    adâ‹…verâ‹…tisâ‹…er, noun Unabridged
    Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2009.

  8. BBB gives Sleepy’s a A+ rating? What’s up with that?

    The Dog

  9. The Hartford Courant is just not the same paper. I have canceled my subscription after getting the Courant for over 25 years. It is unreadable. Sorry for the job loss George, but I think the decisions that the paper has making are being made by someone totally out of touch with the public. If I want to read the crap being shoved at the reader, I’ll turn on FOX news or MSNBC. It’s abysmal.
    Thank for continuing your great work on behalf the residents of Connecticut.

  10. I cancelled my subscription recently for the same reason. George – your column was one of the few articles I read. Good luck!

  11. I was one of the people that sent George a complaint about Sleepys. It bothers me that he lost his job because of the creeps at Sleepys.
    They’re a greedy corporation out to con every consumer into buying their garbage, they call quality mattresses.
    They will be accountable someday – to GOD – wonder how they will squirm out of that one. They certainly can’t pay their way out of that!
    As for the Courant, they will get what they deserve by caving to the demands of an advertiser rather than standing by one of their own who was only doing what was right.
    Way to go George – all my best you and yours!!!
    The truth will prevail.

  12. Hi there,
    I have already seen it somethere…
    Thank you

  13. Amazing! Not clear for me, how offen you updating your

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