I posted the news yesterday and then removed it after several requests to do so from people close to Stewart and the Memphis Quartet Convention.
What little reputation I have as a blogger was built on being honest about not just the good things in this industry, but also being straightforward when reporting the bad. This is why I have published stories in the past on Joseph Smith, Wade Weaver, Frank Arnold’s concert promotion and so forth.
This time, I compromised, because:
1. I was told his family is distraught (understandably).
2. I’ve shared numerous conversations with Stewart in the past. He’s not just some stranger I’ve seen on stage.
3. My very Christianity was questioned by one of the other Memphis Quartet Show promoters.
4. I felt like it could really hurt the success of the Memphis Quartet Show, the only new event I’ve been truly excited about in a long time.
5. Every accused person deserves a fair trial, and I felt this could lead to Stewart being judged prematurely.
All that being said, I feel like I no longer have a spine as a blogger. Maybe it’s time to bring the blog to a close and focus on other things. When I can no longer bring myself to report the hard stories in the face of opposition, there’s really not much point in reporting all the fluff either.
I have not made that decision yet.
It’s just something I’m seriously considering at this time.