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Hartford Courant Rips Businessman as Shady, Hires Him as Ad Director
Except for being true, it’s practically Onion copy.
In 2008, The Hartford Courant ran a detailed story about a local vanity publisher who chronically stiffed creditors while leading a flashy public lifestyle (“Hartford Magazine’s Guinan: Legacy of Debt”). Over time the paper cheerfully followed up with new reports of the man’s talent for alienating business partners and racking up allegations of business malfeasance.
Now somebody at El Courante has decided Guinan isn’t so bad after all: he’s been hired as the new director of advertising.
It’s a strange world. But you can’t say America’s Oldest Continuously Published Newspaper doesn’t believe in second chances.
HERE’S THE TIMELINE:
January 2008: The Courant runs an investigation headlined, “Hartford Magazine’s Michael Guinan: A Legacy of Debt”
October 2010: The Courant reports Guinan is fired as Hartford Magazine co-publisher following an investigation into financial irregularities at the publication’s parent company.
January 2011: The Courant reports Guinan is accused of diverting funds.
October 2011: Michael Guinan is named Hartford Courant director of advertising.
December 2011: Hartford Courant buys Hartford Magazine.
I’ve invited Guinan and Courant publisher Richard Graziano for comment (check your Facebook emails, gentlemen), and will post any responses that come in. UPDATE: A statement from the Courant’s communications director Jennifer T. Humes is after the jump. Read More