Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Truthful Restaurant Reviews and Freedom of Speech
I am concerned about Mark's lawsuit (Benihana vs Mark 2:48am) as it will set a precedent for other lawsuits to follow. People have left comments for Mark, me, and on other blogs saying that it is not an issue of freedom of speech. Ah, but It IS a “freedom of speech thing.”
I left this as a comment on Mark's blog, but I think it is worthy of a full post because I feel strongly about it.
I can’t write a TRUTHFUL restaurant review and have it published in a magazine. Why? Because the magazine owners are afraid they will be sued. If my review is negative: no story.
(Sidenote: I can't write about certain other topics either as publishers are afraid of being sued. Again, that IS a freedom of speech issue. I wrote about negative aspects of a health club in a magazine, it was published, and the health club owner threatended to sue the management rather than fixing -- what from MY perspective were - problems.)
Have you EVER read a negative restaurant review in a magazine here? The rest of the world feels free to tell the truth: good OR bad. Not here.
This (Mark's review of Benihana) was a perspective piece on a blog; A truthful personal opinion. They are SUING him for it.I don’t understand why some people think it is NOT a “freedom of speech” thing.
"THE TRUTH? YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH."