Matthew Bonanno lost his job to hearsay quotes on the internet.


Wouldn’t you just believe it! I woke up this morning, and found this curious being  perched on a tree just outside my apartment!

I don’t know Matthew Bonanno from Adam and I doubt anyone reading this does.

He was the person fired from his job at the Times of Malta newspaper, because a blogger wrote something about him on the internet while putting it in quotes i.e. that he was the person who tipped Nicola’ Abela Garrett that Minister Austin Gatt was visiting the University of Malta, inciting her to do what she did.

Automatically this was taken true as read. As a true copy/paste from facebook. Here are the accusing bits:

Matt Bonanno
Guess who’s going to be an Uni tomorrow
Tuesday at 22:58 ·

Nicolà Abela Garrett
We’ve had Gonzi, we’ve had Muscat……..
no…….
Tuesday at 22:59

Nicolà Abela Garrett
It can’t be…..
Tuesday at 22:59

Nicolà Abela Garrett
The bringer of emerald chariots and eternal
transportation….
Tuesday at 23:00 ·

Matt Bonanno it can.
Tuesday at 23:00

Nicolà Abela Garrett
from the Orient…
Tuesday at 23:00

Matt Bonanno
for another 20 years
Tuesday at 23:00

Nicolà Abela Garrett
You serious? If you want, I can give you a great
story tomorrow. Bring your notepad.
Tuesday at 23:01 ·

Pia Zammit you weren’t kidding well done girl
10 hours ago · 4 people

Emil Calleja Bayliss Nice one Nic You gace him one hell of a story.😄
5
hours ago · 2 people

Do people realise that it’s just typed? Doesn’t the Times of Malta as an employer realise this? What proof is there that it was copied and pasted?

Even a screenshot of the page isn’t enough since many people know how to photoshop and make wishes look like reality.

This just cost a person his job and possibly also ruined his carreer.

Does nobody realise that anyone could have invented a similar story?

Let me do the same thing to Mr Charlie Borg hoping I don’t get some 99 ‘Charlies’ fired from the Times of Malta. (I hasten to add that I chose the commonest name in Malta and any similarities to real people is purely coincidental).

Charlie Borg
Guess who’s going to be an Uni tomorrow
Tuesday at 22:58 ·

Nicolà Abela Garrett
We’ve had Gonzi, we’ve had Muscat……..
no…….
Tuesday at 22:59

Nicolà Abela Garrett
It can’t be…..
Tuesday at 22:59

Nicolà Abela Garrett
The bringer of emerald chariots and eternal
transportation….
Tuesday at 23:00 ·

Charlie Borg it can.
Tuesday at 23:00

Nicolà Abela Garrett
from the Orient…
Tuesday at 23:00

Charlie Borg
for another 20 years
Tuesday at 23:00

Nicolà Abela Garrett
You serious? If you want, I can give you a great
story tomorrow. Bring your notepad.
Tuesday at 23:01 ·

Pia Zammit you weren’t kidding well done girl
10 hours ago · 4 people

Emil Calleja Bayliss Nice one Nic You gace him one hell of a story.😄
5
hours ago · 2 people

Any blogger could have put any name in there, as I just did.

Do you think my above quote is enough to get poor Mr Charlie Borg fired from his job?

If no, then why was it sufficient for Mr Matthew Bonanno?

Wait a second. I have to email some people about the strange creature I found on a tree outside my apartment this morning. Who do you think I should contact?

Wait a second, there are no trees outside my apartment

I’ll send an email to the Times of Malta! They know I’m saying the truth!! They will believe me!!!

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13 responses to “Matthew Bonanno lost his job to hearsay quotes on the internet.

  1. furjaniz

    Hemm ara ga bdew ipattu bil-vendikazjonijiet

    • Then you should also report the newly discovered species in my photograph.

      It’s far easier to photoshop a facebook conversation than it is to photoshop an animal like that.
      If the former is real, than the latter is even more so.

  2. il-Bormliz

    Come on, are you calling Lou Bondi and Daphne Carauna Galizia frauds, liars and fabricators?
    [Garnaw] No, don’t put words in my mouth. The purpose of my blog above was only to show how easy it is to manipulate information on the net.

    Iddahhaqx nies bik! They are not like you — they have reputations to protect (reputations that people like you can only dream of !!!) whereas you are too scared to even come out into the open. It’s very easy to throw mud and hide your hand.

    [Garnaw] It’s amazing how apologists like you resort to insults when they don’t have a counter-argument.

    Besides this, your ‘heroes’ never denied what they did. They can’t — because there were many Facebook witnesses, namely students that they rub shoulders with every day. You can’t be stupid in front of the whole world and expect it not to notice…

    Anyway, you wanted “at least a screenshot” and you got it! But people like you will throw out any evidence that is presented because you are not interested in the truth, but in your own fabrications.

    [Garnaw] I do not need any evidence, let alone having done any ‘fabrications’.
    It is the employers in this case who have the duty to see whether it was reasonable to fire a person on that available evidence.
    You didn’t notice that was my argument all along, did you, so eager were you to protect your own two heroes (sic).
    But honestly I wasn’t expecting any better from you.

    Let’s see if you post this now. Bet you don’t have the guts to.🙂

  3. Let’s leave aside the argument whether a computer screenshot is reliable ‘proof’ or not and analyse what happened here:

    Mr Bonanno told Ms Abela Garrett on facebook that Minister Austin Gatt was visiting campus.
    Was it he who incited her to make a scene?
    No.
    After getting this info (purely coincidentally from Matt Bonanno since she could have gotten it elsewhere), she informed Matt that she was going to do “something great” on that day.

    Matt Bonanno didn’t even reply to her last comment.

    So the Times of Malta fired Matt Bonanno, his only ‘crime’ being a facebook conversation where he said that Minister Austin Gatt was visiting campus.

    Quite a fair and just reason to terminate an employment, what do you readers think?

  4. il-Bormliz

    Ever heard of professional ethics? Clearly you have no idea. Your above post just shows your ignorance, and that this is way over your head.

    Think you’re a journalist? I suggest you think again.

    [Garnaw] quit putting words in my mouth. I never said I was a journalist. Are you one?

  5. il-Bormliz

    And as regards insults, I guess you don’t know what an insult is. If I wanted to insult you, I’d call you an FW.

    In fact mine was an argument – that you do not have the courage to reveal who you are – and you had no counter-argument, so you insulted me by calling me an ‘apologist’.

    Learn some English before you open your mouth.🙂

    [Garnaw] Sigh, another Daphne fan apparently. The patronising “go learn some English” is way too common in your circles where you really want to have the last word yet have nothing of substance to add. So you splotch a “go learn English” reply.

    Post as much as you want, and no I won’t be censoring your posts because I believe in freedom of speech, irrelevant of the quality of such speech (or written word in this case).

    But probably this will be the last time I’ll be wasting my time replying to your insults. Unless you actually read my blog and post a constructive reply. On the topic, please.

  6. il-Bormliz

    Well, I’m glad you have no counter-argument to the fact that you are a hypocrite and a coward.🙂

  7. il-Bormliz

    Yes, I am calling you a name – hypocrite – but in this case backed by facts, so it is not an insult unless you take it that way. Why did you go to such great pains to seek the identity of a person who you alleged committed various heinous deeds, when you won’t reveal your own? Not only are you a hypocrite, but a coward (also based on fact) to boot.

    Bear in mind that your allegations were second hand at the very best – and from the mouth of someone who has been proven to be dishonest. And all this from 10 seconds of coverage on Super One (so you can be sure there was no more interaction between the two people than that). Wow, you sure are quick to draw conclusions and play judge, jury and executioner! You should be really ashamed of yourself.

  8. il-Bormliz

    I await the counter-argument.🙂

    On topic? Of course it is — since we were discussing professional ethics and integrity, this is about *your* integrity.

    • Portelli

      Il-Bormliz by attacking the blogger personally instead of attacking his arguments you are showing your immaturity. Grow up!!!

  9. il-Bormliz

    Portelli — try and do a better job to help save face for your friend “the blogger”.

    Fact is that he can’t give me a counter-argument, and that’s that.🙂

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