In a nicely written apology to readers today, Reno Gazette-Journal Publisher Ted Power recalls his own arrest last week on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Power notes the paper published a series over the past year on lax enforcement of DUI laws:
The series of stories that reporter Martha Bellisle, local news editor Kelly Scott and many others helped produce was award-winning, resulted in changes in how our courts and prosecutors handle DUI cases and has sparked proposals in the coming legislative session.
But for all the stories we told, for all the mug shots we put on RGJ.com, I never felt it might happen to me. I didn't get the message of our own stories.
Today, I get it. Trust me. It can happen to anyone who takes a drink and then drives.
Earlier: Why publisher's DUI arrest is sadly ironic