‘A new low,’ asleep at the switch

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - The Edi­tor, The Glen­garry News Cyn­thia Lynch, Alexan­dria News. The Glen­garry News The Glen­garry News should be ashamed for this hor­ri­ble Sue Challi­nor, Alexan­dria

Read­ers ob­ject to the Oc­to­ber 25 front page photo of mur­der vic­tim Ém­i­lie Ma­heu, and Bran­don Smeltzer, who has been charged with first-de­gree mur­der. The Edi­tor, Are you peo­ple asleep at the switch? How could you pos­si­bly think that peo­ple in our com­mu­ni­ties want to see the face of the mon­ster who has ad­mit­ted to the crime, next to the Mommy of baby Eliz­a­beth? Who is im­por­tant here? Em­i­lie! And Eliz­a­beth! And their fam­ily. Not him. Surely Facebook must have been able to pro­vide you with a bet­ter choice of pho­to­graphs. has set a new low in jour­nal­ism with the pic­ture of Smeltzer on the front page of last week’s Or was it to show him with his vic­tim as he was plan­ning the hor­ri­ble act and this week will we pre­sented with a photo of the mur­derer stand­ing over his un­for­tu­nate vic­tim? Very up­set­ting. Art Buck­land, Martintown The Edi­tor, The bru­tal mur­der of young Em­i­lie Ma­heu was a dev­as­tat­ing tragedy for her daugh­ter, her fam­ily, her friends and co-work­ers and the com­mu­ni­ties where she lived and worked.

The trib­ute to Em­i­lie held at the Grotto was a beau­ti­ful way for Glen­gar­ri­ans to share their sor­row and to show their sup­port for the fam­ily. That be­ing said, I found it ap­palling that would use, on the front page no less, a “happy” pic­ture of Em­i­lie with the mon­ster who has ad­mit­ted to end­ing her young life, leav­ing a baby with­out a mother and a fam­ily with­out a daugh­ter, sis­ter, grand­daugh­ter and cousin.

Did you not con­sider the feel­ings of her fam­ily, friends and co-work­ers? Could you not have found a “happy” pic­ture of Em­i­lie not stand­ing be­side her mur­derer?

The edi­tor of lapse in good judge­ment.

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