Writer’s disclosure: I used to buy pot from my story subject
“I sold weed for years,” Neu says - something that this writer, as a patron of Reptilian Records and acquaintance of Chris X’s, had known, having purchased small quantities of marijuana at the store more than 10 years ago while working as a freelance journalist and bartender.
Romenesko asked Smith about bringing up his pot days. His response:
Journalistic reasons. Had to. No other options, given deadline, foreclosing possibility of someone else writing the piece instead, which would've been preferable. My long-ago interactions with the subject only dawned on me after I'd interviewed him and was writing up the part in which he poured out his guts and said he'd dealt weed for years. After giving it some thought, including trying to rationalize NOT disclosing, I realized there simply was no other way to deal with the situation. Disclosure was the only thing to do, and let the chips fall where they may - including, I suppose, a Romenesko mention. Believe me, I'm not as Gonzo as this may make me seem.