We screwed up…

Mea culpa.

When the Keizertimes makes a mistake, we own up to it. We don’t blame anyone else for our failing.

In the Jan. 27 issue of the Keizertimes, the article Chief stresses prevention, the reporter interviewed Keizer Police Chief John Teague for a profile. In the article the reporter wrote, in part, Teague, who contended that failure of Minneapolis authorities to follow procedures deprived Derek Chauvin of a fair trial after Chauvin’s knee on George Floyd’s neck killed Floyd, has been a consistent proponent of procedural justice.

The Keizertimes spoke with Chief Teague this week who said the issues of Derek Chauvin and George Floyd did not come up in the interview. A search of the reporter’s interview notes did not reveal any such comment from the Chief.

We apologize for this glaring incident. The Keizertimes is committed to reporting news and information accurately and fairly.

The blame for this lays directly on the desk of myself, the publisher of the Keizertimes. I apologize to Chief John Teague for any problems or discomfort this caused him and I apologize to the city of Keizer. 

This was sloppy journalism and does not come close to meeting the standards our readers or we hold for ourselves. I can assure all this will not happen again. We are better than that.