Courant Publisher Graziano and Editor Hazell have good reason not to debate the Watchdog in public

August 17, 2009
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Today was the first time I had the honor to appear on “Where We Live,” WNPR’s daily news-talk show, where we had nearly an hour to discuss in-depth many of the issues involved in my firing by  The Courant and what that means for the public, who as far as I am concerned was the...

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Courant Spin on Watchdog departure

August 17, 2009
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From: Hazell, Naedine Sent: Monday, August 17, 2009 12:37 To: Courant News Staff Subject: Staff update

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New Britain Herald Editor backs CtWatchdog (of course he is a friend)

August 17, 2009
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Story: JAMES H. SMITH: One fewer, Courant staffers soldier on George Gombossy, who spent his entire, sterling 40-year career at The Hartford Courant, went out swinging 10 days ago. The New York Times wrote about his exit this way: “. . . was it because he would not stop unfavorable articles about advertisers, or...

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

August 17, 2009
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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...

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AP story on Watchdog firing

August 16, 2009
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PATRICK SANDERS Associated Press Writer HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Less than a year after Tribune Co. launched an innovative plan to combine the newsrooms of The Hartford Courant and a local TV station, a columnist is alleging that the new management forced him out because he wrote unflattering news about a Courant advertiser. George...

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NYTimes: Watchdog fired by Courant

August 16, 2009
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August 18, 2009 Losing Job, Consumer Columnist Cries Foul By STEPHANIE CLIFFORD The Hartford Courant and its former consumer columnist, George Gombossy, agree on one thing: that Mr. Gombossy was laid off this month. But was it because he would not stop unfavorable articles about advertisers, or because his job was simply eliminated? The...

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Former Courant Watchdog details what led to his dismissal

August 16, 2009
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Official statement from George Gombossy Editor & Publisher of CtWatchdog.com I surrendered my Hartford Courant press badge to my editors Aug. 14, ending four decades of employment at the nation’s oldest continuously published newspaper. The Courant fired me, for speaking out on issues of public concern as the paper’s Watchdog columnist: as the voice...

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National Society of Newspaper Columnists issues support for CtWatchdog

August 15, 2009
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Statement on the firing of Connecticut columnist George Gombossy From: Board of Directors, National Society of Newspaper Columnists Release: Immediately For information, contact Ben S. Pollock; secretary, National Society of Newspaper Columnists, ben.pollock@stanfordalumni.org, (479) 236-6302The board of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists regrets the dropping of George Gombossy’s watchdog column from The Hartford Courant,...

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Courant reader tells top brass to stop spinning

August 15, 2009
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Dear Naedine Hazell and Jeff Levine, As an occasional reader of the Hartford Courant, I read with painful amusement your shamefully disingenuous staff memo “explaining” why you fired George Gombossy and pulled his consumer protection column in what appears to be an effort to protect a major advertiser’s right to continue selling used, bed...

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