Bad Press...A One Way Street!

By
Real Estate Agent with Rocky Mountain Realty Co.

Today there was an article on the front page of our local Newspaper entitled, "Three Real Estate Firms Subpoenaed in Kickback Probe". I chose not to cut and post the link to the article because I happen to know that at least one of the brokers named seems to be a man of integrity and I don't want to give him the negative press. The article DOES go on to say:

 That's the Good Ol' Newspaper for ya!

"The Springs brokerages are not suspected of wrongdoing at this time, said Erin Toll, director of the Colorado Real Estate Division. "...

But the damage is done because of the headline and the accusation. I feel like the newspaper has free reign under the guise of "freedom of speech", yet when I wanted to run an advertisement with a local paper that said somewher in the body, "CHEAPER THAN PRINT ADVERTISING", my ad was rejected by the editor because it was considered "UNFAIRLY COMPETITIVE." How come the pendulum doesn't swing both ways?

You can all but damage the reputations of three Brokers and sneak a little, "but they probably didn't do it" at the bottom of the page, but DON'T say you can find cheaper advertising than the newspaper. Where's MY freedom of speech protected? I was paying for the ad. It violated no Federal Fair Housing, Regulation Z, or RESPA Law...

 

Something to think about!

Comments (3)

Justin Williams
Independent - Virginia Beach, VA
Loan Officer
Ouch im sorry for your friend , headline assumption damages can hurt bad! On the flipside, Print Media is a dying medium :)
Apr 20, 2008 06:30 AM
Lania DeMers
Rocky Mountain Realty Co. - Colorado Springs, CO
Broker, Rocky Mountain Realty Co.
Right Justin! I guess that's why they have to SQUELCH my freedom of speech in their own print ads. :-) Have a wonderful rest of the weekend!
Apr 20, 2008 06:39 AM
Kathy Torline
ERA Herman Group Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Real Estate Blog 719-287-1049
Lania:  I also found the article interesting in the Gazette; fairly one sided article.  I do business in both the Springs and Denver; and you may find the article in the Denver Post interesting.  It definitely had a different tone that the Gazette.
Apr 23, 2008 01:23 AM

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