Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

Is the Journal Sentinel soft on drunk driving?


UrbanMilwaukee.com Editor Bruce Murphy asks if the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is too soft on certain drunk drivers after a story about local CEO John D. Emory, Jr appeared on WauwatosaPatch.com. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel did a story on it’s Wauwatosa Now website but did not name Emory. They explained to Murphy that it’s against their policy to name people arrested for drunk driving until they are charged.

Okay, but here was a case of someone attempting to use his relationship with Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and his status as a business owner to try to get himself out of trouble, The Patch.com article even details the implied threats by Emory.

It was just a few years ago that the Journal Sentinel went on an anti-drunk driving crusade.That campaign ended shortly before former State Representative Jeff Wood was arrest for driving under the influence for the fifth time. It took my prodding to get the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to call for Wood’s resignation. It seems they’re willing to campaign against drunk driving in the aggregate, but they’re a little squeamish when it comes to particular cases.

(By the way, shouldn’t someone make a mention that there is no evidence Abele did anything in his official capacity to get Emory out of trouble since his name is all over the story?)

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