R-G Editorial Ignores Paper’s Taser Reporting

Does The Register-Guard editorial board read its own newspaper?

On Nov. 18, 2007 the R-G reported that the police officer who shot and killed a psychotic Ryan Salisbury “said the stun gun would not have helped that night.”

Today an R-G editorial uses the Salisbury death as its major justification for endorsing more taser use by the Eugene Police.

But while the editorial writers apparently don’t read the newspaper’s news stories, they do appear to read their own editorials. The editorial today cuts and pastes the phrase “lengthy, methodical and laudably consultative” in praise of police taser use from a Feb. 2, 2008 editorial.