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I am writing angrily in response to “The D.C. Blues Implosion” by Eddie Dean (1/17).
The article did not surprise me in that it was full of the usual cynicism of hip, urban papers such as yours. You can have your hipness, but couple it with irresponsible journalism and you have slander. The problem with Eddie Dean is that he doesn’t take the time to confirm some of the so-called “facts” he so cruelly and bitingly throws the reader’s way. Namely, he refers to Nevada Newman early in the article, groups him with people Newman has nothing in common with, and then doesn’t inform the reader as to who Nevada Newman is. I’ll bet Dean himself doesn’t know who Nevada Newman is.
Dean mentions Newman in the same context as the strange creature named Skyshaw who really is a local blues fraud and doesn’t deserve one sentence of press. What a shame that you bothered. Newman is a real personno name change, no hipper-than-thou, phony image. He’s an accomplished musician and a talent the District should be hailing rather than putting down. Nevada Newman is legitimately playing all over the metropolitan area in established bands at established clubs. One of his bands, the Resonators, is mentioned in the end of Dean’s article, but no reference to Newman is made here. To point out someone’s name so prominently and negatively in an article, as Dean did to Newman, and then to not qualify the reference anywhere again is just plain bad journalism, not to mention a disappointment to readers who know a little about the world Dean was trying to portray.
I hope you realize what difficulties your lousy article could pose for people like Newman, should his reputation be taken at the writer’s word. If I were Newman, I might consider taking legal action against you for slandering my good name, which is the part one can never get back. The least you owe Newman is a public apology.