slan·der /ˈslændər/ Show Spelled[slan-der] noun
1. defamation; calumny: rumors full of slander.
2. a malicious, false, and defamatory statement or report: a slander against his good name.
3. Law . defamation by oral utterance rather than by writing, pictures, etc.
I like City Life, having appeared on the show both has a guest and fill-in host and usually enjoy the show when Bill Taupier is a guest.
However, today former City Manager Bill Taupier wasn’t his usual entertaining self on City Life but was fast and really loose with the facts regarding the Parking Dept. controversy and may have slandered the Manager and Mayor.
I couldn’t believe what I was hearing this morning and since I was off today watched the show again at 4:00 to make sure I actually heard what I thought I heard.
Mr. Taupier made several erroneous statements and never backed them up with facts:
He stated that the Auditor and Treasurer knew in April that money was missing in the Parking Dept. and never reported it.
He stated the SUN printed that exact information
He claimed it was the Editor who forced Carney’s firing by running an Editorial when in fact the Manager fired Carney AFTER he made him appear at the budget hearing before the council so they could ask him question.
He stated he had “a very strong opinion” that people knew in April but didn’t say anything but offered absolutely no factual information to back that up!
He stated the women whose name was included for a new job in the Parking dept. and whose position had not been approved was most likely the person who “dropped the dime” on Mr. Carney but again gave no facts to back that up.
The comments that got me the most irate were these – He stated the Mayor and Manager received envelopes with letters much earlier than June about the missing money and covered it up! He made that charge and claimed a 2nd time that the Manager was informed ahead of time and John McDonough agreed that he had heard the same thing.
WHAT? Mr. Taupier charges the City Manager and Mayor with covering Up a Crime and neither the host nor producer challenged him to produce evidence that supports these charges?
I emailed and asked the City Manager, was he notified in April or May about missing money and did he withhold that information from the City Council? and he responded:
I never received notification, not even to this day. As I have stated publicly, I was notified by the Auditor who received an anonymous letter and was in the process of doing her job by checking on the allegations. That occurred in June, late in the day of the Tuesday budget meeting. I met with Chuck Carney that afternoon and did followup on Wednesday before turning the matter over to the Police on Thursday morning.
I asked him if the women whose name was on the budget list could have been the person who dropped the dime on Mr. Carney and he responded: That would be crazy since the anonymous letter blasts us for hiring that woman w/o a posting of the job
I also asked the Mayor if Mr. Taupier and Mr. McDonough were correct in saying the Mayor and Manager received notice before June and if Mr. Taupier was correct by saying the Mayor withheld the information from his fellow councilors and he replied:
No. And it’s irresponsible of both to repeat that.
So George I asked the Manager when he knew and he answered. I asked the Mayor if he knew before June and he answered.
That smell you keep referring to is the oder of people who dislike the Mayor and Manager and want to discredit them and slander them by making unfair accusations / statements without offering any real facts to back them up.
I don’t always agree with either the Manager or Mayor (read some previous blog post) and may attack and disagree with elected officials but I do so based on facts I can show or I state right up front that there are rumors floating around…Mr. Taupier didn’t do that, he made statements as if they were facts and common knowledge.
I am a big defender of the 1st amendment and freedom of speech but if I were the Manager and Mayor I would go to LTC and demand that this show, charging / accusing them of covering up a crime, be pulled and not repeated over the weekend or ever again.
No one should be accused of covering up a crime the way Mr. Taupier accused the Manager and Mayor without offering one bit of factual evidence to back up his charges and allowed that to be aired on a public television access show.
If he did that on a Private Radio / TV station he would open them up to a potential slander suit… maybe he already has?