Specifically, reporter Jason Stein wittnessed "Segway boy" Jeremy Ryan taunt a woman over her father's death in the Capitol Press room. I won't say "allegedly," because Ryan chronicled the event on video. The Press Room is named after Gwyn Geunther's father, Dick Wheeler. With Ryan now charged, Stein's paper is finally reporting this. Last month I asked Stein why his paper hadn't reported on Ryan's constant taunting of the Press Room. A JS editor, Thomas Koetting, responded:
We routinely deal with unsavory or offensive people in the course of our work, and it's not uncommon to have discussions with security or law enforcement officials about some of those contacts. However, that does not automatically make those events news stories.
I found this response strange at the time, I find it bizarre now, given how Koetting's own paper describes the episode in today's story:
Wheeler's daughter and successor, Gwyn Guenther, filed a complaint with Capitol police regarding Ryan's actions. Guenther and Journal Sentinel reporter Jason Stein told Capitol police they were disturbed by Ryan's abusive behavior during June and July. Guenther, then president of the Capitol Correspondents Association, said she feared for her safety. Ryan told Stein he was exercising his First Amendment rights, but Associated Press reporter Todd Richmond told police that Ryan had gone beyond free speech to launch personal attacks that disrupted journalists' work, the complaint says.
This sure sounds like Stein and his colleagues thought this was a big deal. Why is it only newsworthy now that a charge has been filed?