Report: Florida Newspaper Feels The Wrath Of RUSH Fans

Phil Lewis of Florida's Naples Daily News is reporting that John Henderson, the reporter handling the newspaper's police beat New Year's Day, was roundly criticized via e-mail for taking the address of RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson's North Naples condominium from booking sheets and including it in the story about Lifeson's arrest following a bloody tussle during a New Year's Eve celebration at one of Naples' two Ritz-Carlton hotels.

"You scumsucking pig," was the opening of one e-mail received by Henderson.

"How dare you give out a rock star's address to the public. I hope you get punished for your stupidity you (expletive)." It was signed "An Irate RUSH Fan." A more measured complaint followed: "I would like to comment on the sheer lack of taste and absence of journalistic integrity on the part of John Henderson. In his article 'Alex Lifeson of RUSH Arrested in New Year's Eve Fracas,' Henderson revealed the celebrity musician's home address in Naples.

"Doesn't he have any common sense about privacy violations? Did he forget what happened to John Lennon? I think the editor of Naples (Daily) News is equally as suspect for letting this be published, and I sincerely hope that Mr. Lifeson's lawyers teach you all a lesson you'll remember." We're certain Mr. Lifeson's lawyers have more pressing duties. In Florida, the name, age and address of people arrested are a matter of public record, meaning the law requires such information to be available to anyone who requests it.

One RUSH fan pointed out to us that just because the information is public record doesn't mean the newspaper has to print it. Read more.

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