Jul 28, 2017
Surfside Burger Shack new owners knew Chad Smith was being investigated before any media coverage
They initially dealt with me privately. I learned they contacted TS as well. Cannot speak about what TS told them but I did not edit my first post, as they wanted.
When I spoke to them, I pointed out that Smith was the former owner of Surfside for years. People associated him with that business. They had only taken over a few months ago. I had done a business profile for them on my blog and they had been happy with that response.
Not getting what they wanted, or needing to blame slow business on someone else; the new Surfside Burger Shack owners tried another tactic, to pit local media against each other. Only KIEM's Breon Martin took the bait, and allowed Surfside's new owners to blast some media claiming the headline with Smith's name in the coverage hurt their business.
Smith was identified as the former owner in my article; his present business and other affiliations such as substitute teacher were also mentioned. He was facing 13 counts, serious charges, with multiple victims. The community deserved to know, in case there were other alleged victims.
In today's court testimony, EPD Detective Amber Cosetti said that during her investigation, she went to Surfside and questioned the owners about the futon Jane Doe mentioned. In court today, Det. Cosetti said the new owners said they were friends of Chad Smith, before they bought the business.
They conveniently left both these facts out when talking to me. They acted very surprised about Chad Smith being arrested.
Maybe they did not know why, but they knew he was being investigated. And, they knew before my first post on Chad Smith.
The lesson from this one example is that no one gets to dictate news coverage based on their opinion or feelings. Do not assume more "traditional, mainstream" media is more accurate and brush up on the First Amendment. Covering news in a small town is not easy, some of us take personal and financial risks to get you the truth and information.
There are other situations similar where anons or others have tried to "bully/shame" me publicly for reporting facts. Don't need to get into those because, unlike you, I make my point the first time.