Furious that a front page story in The Hartford Courant about Bristol's top ranking in Money Magazine's survey of most livable cities poked fun at the Mum City, city leaders vowed Tuesday to cancel subscriptions.
Mayor Art Ward said he was "very, very, very dismayed" by the tone of the story. He said it was "very disparaging" to the city when it should have been positive.
The mayor said the paper has paid little attention to Bristol for years and when it does, it has become increasingly tabloidish.
"I've become less than satisfied with The Hartford Courant's coverage of anything that the city does," Ward said during last night's City Council meeting.
City Councilor Ken Cockayne also lashed out at the paper.
Cockayne said the reporter, Mara Lee, and her editor on the story about Bristol's ranking "should be ashamed" at allowing such a one-sided attack on the city to find its way into print.
He said the Courant made no effort to talk to municipal or community leaders. It just found a few malcontents ready to trash their hometown, officials said.
Cockayne said that he canceled his Courant subscription months ago.
"It's become more of a slanderous paper than one that gives news," Cockayne said.
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