If this is true, chalk it up to another reason why I won’t shed many tears when the Courant inevitably throws in the towel.
According to consumer advocacy blog The Consumerist, Hartford Courant columnist George Gombossy has been fired from the paper after it refused to run Gombossy’s latest column about the CT AG’s investigation into Sleepy’s mattresses. Sleepy’s has been accused of selling used and bedbug-riddled mattresses as new, and Blumenthal’s office has launched an investigation into the affair.
It is hard to understand why the Courant would be so interested in protecting the reputation of Sleepy’s until you consider that the mattress megolith is one of the Courant’s largest advertisers. You can read Gombossy’s unpublished column here. He had been on the Courant payroll since 1969.