My name is Homer Fink and I wear the Scarlet Letter of being a BLOGGER. Or so says Gersh Kuntzman, Editor-in-Chief of the Brooklyn Paper and my special friend, on Gothamist today. Responding to our story last week about what we knew and when we knew it about the Busted Chef caper and how we shared info with the Brooklyn Paper that it chose not to print, Kuntzman tells Gothamist:
“We did look into these allegations; there was a widely sent email when Busy Chef first opened and we pursued it. But there were no formal complaints filed in Boston or Vermont and no one was willing to speak to us on the record. I am a fan of Homer’s blog but his standard of what he can publish is a little lower; we can’t just print rumors. And his suggestion that our coverage was based on advertising is absolutely erroneous.”
And for the record, we also shared our findings with the proper authorities. We do not know if our input contributed to the events that led up to Kaufman’s arrest.
Here’s my response posted to Gothamist today, it has yet to clear moderation:
Let me say this about that, first from the Brooklyn Paper itself:
This isn’t the first time a Kaufman business has had trouble, according to court papers. In either late 2006 or 2007, Kaufman set up a trendy wine bar in South Boston, where he did not pay more than $40,000 rent, according to a landlord who sued Kaufman to recoup those losses. “We’ve never gotten a dime out of him. We got possession of the premises but that’s it,” the landlord’s lawyer, James Rudser, told The Brooklyn Paper. “He never puts anything in his name, he knows what he’s doing in terms of the scamming.”
At the time of our convo (which Gersh represents accurately as well as his ultimate reason for not publishing) – there was a pending suit in Suffolk County Mass. against Kaufman to which the above paragraph refers. It’s public record, go ahead look it up.
As for a blog’s standards being lower than a newspaper’s I submit to you:
but who could forget the NAZIS ARE BEHIND ATLANTIC YARDS story –
Yes, we bloggers live in the gutter. Those newspaper guys are so classy.