If you were starting to think Twitter was boring these days, it’s time to think again. Over the weekend Ontarians took to the app to voice concerns with the Ontario Minister of Education’s recent handling with the pandemic. From over crowded classrooms and buses to the need for extra custodians and ventilations, the public doesn’t seem to be too impressed. The twitter drama started with the voicing of concerns and ended with a popular journalist, Cristina Tenaglia making some pretty controversial comments. So, are education workers lazy or was a journalist just being tone deaf?
Really why is @sflecce never called out by ANY journalist's for his repeated lying, whether it's the extra nurses/custodians/ventilation/bus's crammed to the rafters/over crowed classrooms. Why when we have repeated voiced our concerns is it IGNORED TOTALLY by the journalists???— Meggan/fully vaxxed/block anti-mask/tired of lies (@MegganStark1) November 6, 2021
On November 6, Meggan Stark, a school bus driver in Ontario, took to Twitter accusing journalists of never calling out the Ontario Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce. For some, the relationship between ministers and the media get in the way of journalistic criticism. Stark felt as if her concerns are “ignored totally by the journalists” and Cristina Tenaglia was looped into the Twitter drama as a leading CP24 journalist. This is where things get ugly.
In response to some tweets from Stark, Cristina Tenaglia replied “I can see why my peers don’t reply to you…there is no way that you have seen all the times I’ve chatted with the Minister since you can’t provide one example. I report on many topics not just QP. By the way, unlike you, I work every summer and holidays too. Take care!” Instead of responding directly to Stark’s concerns the journalist added in a little jab to the education sector for “not working” in the summer. This claim was a generalization about the education industry as many know teachers spend the summer preparing for September and bus drivers spend the summer doing another job while they’re laid off.
Ryan has nothing to do with this. Cristina slammed the teaching profession because she didn't like being called to task by a school bus driver. @imgrund then called her out for the unnecessary trash talk. It wasn't bullying; it was appropriate. #knowyourfacts— Smurfmama (@firstsmurfmama) November 7, 2021
Someone accused Cristina of making the claim because she “didn’t like being called to task by a school bus driver.” Instead of handling the situation with respect for the public voicing concerns, the journalist unfortunately allowed her ego to get hurt and lashed out with the degrading comment. Was this justified?
Did Cristina Tenaglia Apologize?
Hi. Last night there were comments that I/my peers lack integrity/ignore public’s concerns/only care about pay/suggestions my peers & I collude with politicians/suggestions I’m not working when not at Queen’s Park. As any journalist would I take those (untrue) comments seriously-— Cristina Tenaglia (@cristina_CP24) November 7, 2021
The following day Cristiana came back to Twitter saying in a thread that…
Some were pleased with her ability to delete the tweet while others thought this apology wasn’t much of an apology. She deflected her comments by making the excuse that she was “defending her profession” but most can acknowledge that if you’re secure in your life you don’t need to defend yourself or attack others. Moving forward Cristina will be focusing on engaging offline…maybe that’s for the best?