Letter: Incredible hit piece
Annmarie Timmins’s July 26 article on the Northern Trespass film is the most incredible hit piece I have ever read. With 18 years in the media business, I have read some doozies, but this is the most awful piece of “reporting” I have ever seen.
Timmins’s “claims” and “truth” statements contain many falsehoods; space only allows me to single out two of them. The story says the film claims a “neighborhood was taken through eminent domain by drug company Pfizer.” The film did not make this claim; Timmins made that up. The City of New London, Conn., through its shell division, New London Development Corp., took the land.
The story also says, “The film points to cars with out-of-state license plates at Northern Pass job sites.” Not true. There was nothing in the film even showing a license plate, let alone any “job sites”; Timmins made that up, too. No approvals have been given for Northern Pass, hence no job sites.
Project proponents will say anything in order to make their millions and billions of dollars. For the Monitor to use their statements as “truth” is a new low in reporting. I strongly request that the Monitor and Timmins publicly apologize to Jan Marvel and Michelle Vaughn and to the people of New Hampshire for this pure garbage.
(The filmmakers talked specifically about South Carolina plates on cars seen on a PSNH right-of-way in Franconia. The federal Department of Energy and Northern Pass are in the field doing environmental surveys for the project. Ed.)