Originally Posted by boar_d_laze
On the other hand, that does not mean reporters and/or food critics have license to lie. If a news organization, a blogger, or anyone else defames your restaurant, you have recourse in the civil courts. Losers bear costs in defamation actions.
Fair enough, lets talk about bloggers, in my town (Vancouver) we have over 150 restaurant blogger's sites. Some are good, and some are not.
For me, "Good". means telling it like it is, backing up comments/statements/opinions with facts /actual experiences. If they can back up their opinions with facts, then I can accept what they write.
But that's not always the case. Many times I find my place "featured" on a bloggers site, with pics taken off of my website, and vague comments like "prices were up there", "found the service unprofessional", "decor in poor taste" with nothing to back up these stements.
O.T.O.H. I've had bloggers who claim to be "professional photographers" come in, order food, and take pics with their cellphone camera and then post theses pics on their website. No comments.
Ironically, this happens when I am featured on a local media source. I am left to believe that these bloggers have simply hit the google button to see what's new and then slapped something together about me without ever leaving the compuker.
Yeah, yeah legal recourse and all that.....
Listen, if I went around to parties and every time your name comes up, and I say, "oh yeah, BDL, I know him, his Muzzer was a 'amster, and ' is Fazzer smells of Elderberres" *. There's not really much you can do about it, except on the off-chance that you meet me one day in a elevator and set things right.
So, yeah, I do have the opportunity to things to court, but justice is expensive and time consuming, and if anything ever did come to trial the blogger/journalsit would be looong gone.
* (that line about hamsters and elderberrries is not mine, and I have never met BDL, nor have I been to parties where his name was mentioned)