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.