Before anything, I would like to thank Judge Art Ritchie and his wife for that beautiful hand-written Christmas card that, as always, they sent me once again this year. Not many of us write Christmas cards anymore. Thank you, Judge!
Also, my thanks to my friend Michael Sommermeyer, from the Nevada Supreme Court who took time from his busy schedule to send me a Christmas card; I appreciate it very much.
I also have a Christmas card from Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump and one from Ted and Heidi Cruz. They have class and I appreciate their gesture.
My dear friend Blanca Gonzalez took me out to lunch and she didn’t even let me leave the tip. The food was great, the company was superb and I enjoy being pampered by such a beautiful young lady.
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Now back to being me again because I am not used to being so polite and friendly, like people want me to be, but I’d like to know what all that fuss is about regarding the new owner of the daily newspaper.
When Stevens Media owned the newspaper, no one ever cared who the owners were; they didn’t even care that Stevens Media was not a local company, but an out-of-state transplant making money at the expense of the local businesses and local residents that subscribed to the paper delivery.
Later, when New Media Investment bought the newspaper back at the beginning of this year, no one cared and business was as usual. I called twenty people and asked them if they knew who the owner of the RJ was and not one person knew or cared to know; two of them told me they do not read “that newspaper.”
Oh, but now that New Media Investment LLC., just a few months later, sold the newspaper to News + Media Capital Group LLC making a profit of $38 million in a few months and the name of billionaire Sheldon Adelson came up as the solo owner of the company that has bought the Las Vegas Review-Journal, everyone is up in arms.
I have said many times that the daily newspaper may be the largest newspaper in the area, but not the most read newspaper.
Even their circulation is not the largest because the Las Vegas Sun publishes the same amount of newspapers, unless the daily does not insert the Las Vegas Sun in all their newspapers.
Federal prosecutors confirm our opinion on the readership of “the largest newspaper” in the area when the attorneys for the defendants propose that the HOA trial be moved out of the Las Vegas jurisdiction because of the bad publicity the trial has received from the media in Las Vegas.
To begin with, in all honesty and fairness to the daily newspaper, it was not bad publicity; it was a real account of the events that took place by a group of greedy and ill-intentioned individuals guided by that piece of trash Puerto Rican mob wannabe who likes to play the Godfather role, something that he will never actually be or do.
The federal prosecutors told the court that the change of venue was not necessary because “The Review-Journal’s circulation covers only a small portion of the more than 2 million residents in the Las Vegas Valley and the majority of its stories will have been published long before the trial,” the prosecutors wrote.
Now everyone knows that the newspaper may not be a paradise to liberals like Steve Sibelius and John Smith, who for years have been earning a salary for poisoning the minds of the few readers of the daily newspaper in Las Vegas.
You see, Sheldon Adelson should have listened to my proposition when I offered him to buy the name of this newspaper for one hundred million less. Yes, I would have been happier as a partner with such a Republican, but I did not like that idea because I always knew that the big fish always eats the small fish and I am not nearly as wealthy as Adelson is, and in less than ninety days I would have being working for Adelson instead of being partners with him.
However, I am very happy that the Las Vegas Review-Journal has changed hands for the better of the community; now they may report about the courthouse in a fair and balanced way; now the courthouse reporters will have to work for their money and hopefully will be ordered to report the two sides of the story as the Las Vegas Tribune tries to do. If the establishment, the public information offices, do not try to be a public relations company and if the campaign managers do not try to keep their victims — I mean their clients — away from the electoral community and the little weekly newspaper that no one reads, we — the Las Vegas Tribune — would have the opportunity to hear their side of the story direct and not through sources.
If Metro Public Information Office and other Public Information Offices will stop discriminating against us and give us the opportunity to report their side of the story, maybe we can make them look better than they are.
To end, I would like to thank Sheldon Adelson for putting his money where his heart is and I personally welcome him to the real world. Happy New Year to you all!!!! My name is Rolando Larraz, and as always, I approved this column.
Rolando Larraz is Editor in Chief of the Las Vegas Tribune. His column appears weekly in this newspaper. To contact him, email him at: Rlarraz@lasvegastribune.com or at 702-272-4634.