Rumor Dept: Blogger reports anonymous tip that Philly “dumped” New Belgium bid

Jack Curtin’s Liquid Diet blog has this, which he labels “shaky”:

I received this text overnight from an anonymous source* who has not responded to my request for identification:

“Heard Philly city government passed on New Belgium. DUMPED IT to PiDc. Do your investigative stuff.”

“PiDc” is the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation. I’m not quite clear on the context of “dumped it;” isn’t an industrial development group a logical place to consider a major new project?

While this may not be newsworthy, but rises to the notable due to local interest in having New Belgium build its East Coast facility in Asheville.

Thanks to N.C. beer-sleuth Win Bassett for the heads-up on this story.

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As a long-time proponent of media for social change, my early activities included coordinating the creation of a small community FM radio station to serve a poor section of St. Louis, Mo. In the 1980s I served as the editor of the "futurist" newsletter of the U.S. Association for the Club of Rome, a professional/academic group with a global focus and a mandate to act locally. During that time, I was impressed by a journalism experiment in Mississippi, in which a newspaper reporter spent a year in a small town covering how global activities impacted local events (e.g., literacy programs in Asia drove up the price of pulpwood; soybean demand in China impacted local soybean prices). Taking a cue from the Mississippi journalism experiment, I offered to help the local Green Party in western North Carolina start its own newspaper, which published under the name Green Line. Eventually the local party turned Green Line over to me, giving Asheville-area readers an independent, locally focused news source that was driven by global concerns. Over the years the monthly grew, until it morphed into the weekly Mountain Xpress in 1994. I've been its publisher since the beginning. Mountain Xpress' mission is to promote grassroots democracy (of any political persuasion) by serving the area's most active, thoughtful readers. Consider Xpress as an experiment to see if such a media operation can promote a healthy, democratic and wise community. In addition to print, today's rapidly evolving Web technosphere offers a grand opportunity to see how an interactive global information network impacts a local community when the network includes a locally focused media outlet whose aim is promote thoughtful citizen activism. Follow me @fobes

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0 thoughts on “Rumor Dept: Blogger reports anonymous tip that Philly “dumped” New Belgium bid

  1. Dave

    I don’t understand why you would choose to print something as totally uncorroborated like this. I want vetted news from Mountain Xpress, not twitter-quality innuendo.

  2. tatuaje

    3rd hand rumors talking about rumors, posted on an alt-weekly.


  3. Doug Sahm

    If this was true, it actually sounds bad for Asheville that New Belgium has submitted a bid to Philadelphia and they have passed it onto the development group.

  4. Dionysis

    “While this may not be newsworthy…”

    Even if it was something more solid than worthless Twitter rumor-mongering, it still would not be newsworthy.

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