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Re: “Cops find drugs at Raleigh Phish show, very proud of selves

My comments to WWAY for slamming a local businessman & his family as well as the response from them:
I get your point but why did you have to bring up his family ties & business?
How is that newsworthy?
Why don't you bring that information to all the rest of the "criminals" that are arrested?
His family and business ties are exactly what make it newsworthy compared to most other similar arrests. The story is actually about two guys from Wilmington who got arrested at that show, but Brad is what makes it newsworthy because everyone knows him. He is literally the face of a very successful business. ALE sent out a news release Saturday to the media in Raleigh with all 65 people arrested. If that list just had a couple guys named Bradley and Matthew on it, the story for us would have at most been that two guys from Wilmington were among the 65 people arrested for drugs at a Phish concert, which in and of itself is interesting if only because everyone has the same response to the notion that there were people with mushrooms and weed at a Phish concert. Likewise, if Dave Berry gets arrested for drug possession at a concert, it's probably not a story. But if Dave Barry, the famous writer, gets arrested, it is! If my sister gets arrested? No big thing. If I get arrested, as my predecessor did, it's a big deal, because we are held to a different standard because of our job.

Does that make sense?

To your point about other criminal suspects, we've reported relevant connections when possible, as, in this situation, it creates context. When Bryan Causey was arrested years ago it wasn't so much about what he did, but that his dad is Sid Causey, who was sheriff at the time. You'd be shocked if you saw the number of people who get arrested each day in Brunswick County for DWI, but when one of them was named John Ingram VI, his dad, the sheriff, called us and said, "What do you want to know?" because he knew it was better to get out in front of what he knew was going to be a story as soon as everyone found out.

Believe me, I get that no one wants to see a story like this about someone they know/like. But the simple fact that SO MANY people have reacted to it proves that it is news. Strange but true.

Anyway... thanks again for your feedback. I wish I could have a rational discussion like this with everyone who questions why we report what we do.

Thanks!
KEVIN

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Posted by Dave Berry on 08/20/2015 at 3:25 PM

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