Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Former Indianapolis Star Editor is Flown to Spokane to Praise Former Public Safety Director Frank Straub; Raises Questions Whether Ryerson Suppressed Unfavorable Coverage of Straub During His Tenure at Newspaper (w/Update)

During his short-lived tenure in Indianapolis, Public Safety Director Frank Straub found himself the focus of numerous negative stories by the local television stations and by bloggers.

Dennis Ryerson
Yet there was one media outlet that never reported negatively on Straub, the Indianapolis Star.  Straub not only enjoyed the support of the newspapers' editorial pages, there was a complete blackout of negative news about Straub on the Star's news pages.   It was only after a change in leadership at the newspaper that negative stories about Straub began to be reported, such as the fact Straub had started a romantic relationship with a subordinate in the workplace.

Now we learn that former Star Editor-in-Chief Dennis Ryerson was flown out to Spokane to support the Straub in his appointment as "director of law enforcement" of that city.


Not sure if Ryerson crossed some journalistic ethics line there, but his actions raise additional concerns about the editor's role in suppressing negative stories about Straub when he led the Star.   The Star suffered from dramatically falling ratings during his tenure, and one of the chief reasons cited by people in their decision to stop reading the Star was the newspaper's refusal to report critically on local government.  The Star's new leadership should take heed and not repeat Ryerson's mistakes.

UPDATE:   Upon retirement, Ryerson was to continue having an office at the Star along with a column.  A well-placed source says that the Spokane trip came at the same time Ryerson lost his office at the Star as well as his column.  Ryerson's "senior" status at the Star apparently is no longer.


Ben said...

Fantastic,, Ryerson, the guy who single handedly destroyed the Star is going out to tell Spokane what a great person that Straub is? Heaven help Spokane. The cancer that is about to be unleashed on that city is deadly.IM not sure who destroyed more lives..Straub of Ryerson

Crotchfelt thinks that we are just a bunch of idiots

Paul K. Ogden said...

Crotchfelt refuses to acknowledge the Star's content problem and promises more of the same under her leadership.

I know said...

Ryerson was only part of the problem! reporting corruption would only be a great story if the legal profession in Indianapolis and the statehouse started cleaning up their own mess as well.

One profession living in a glass house should not throw stones.

Ryerson refused to do his job and he is gone. What will the legal profession do in Indiana? Wait until everyone in the corruption pool dies and leaves the greed and filth to the next generation?

Quit flogging a problem now gone and spend your energy convincing US Attorney Hogsett to call in some of the good ole boy corruption. Lord knows it is time.

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Jon said...

I see that the mayor of Trenton has been arrested by the feds for alledged corruption related to a parking garage. Apparently the feds don't get this far East.

Nicolas Martin said...

I don't understand the phrase "journalistic ethics." Is it satire?

Nicolas Martin said...

Crotchfelt should have been News Director in Lexington for the station on which Sam Dick and Melanie Glasscock were co-anchors

Cato said...

I think it's entirely plausible that Indianapolis is being used as a test bed by the government to see how effectively the government can manufacture public opinion by capturing private businesses.

In Indy, there's very little space between corporate and governmental interests, and the public sees corporate need as a public need.

Paul K. Ogden said...

"In Indy, there's very little space between corporate and governmental interests, and the public sees corporate need as a public need."

Excellent observation.

Flogger said...

The Star has long history back to the Pulliam Era of reporting what they deemed the Public should know.

I wonder how many people are buying a subscription to the on line Star.