The Las Vegas Tribune, following its policy of not retracting, but willing to offer the other side of the story if necessary, began to investigate its sources and two weeks later confirmed that the newspaper was not wrong, did not lie and did not do any wrong, other than speed up the truth.
The Clark County School Police, on its own stationery, in a letter dated September 3, 2014, confirmed that they have withdrawn their endorsement of Ochoa, proving what is now obvious: the Las Vegas Tribune had published the news a little bit too soon.
It has always been a competition within the news community to have the “honor” of “breaking the story first.”
In 1948 the Chicago Tribune newspaper ran a now infamously incorrect banner on the front page of their November 3 issue after the presidential election: “Dewey Defeats Truman,” when in reality, Harry S. Truman won the election over the Governor of New York, Thomas E. Dewey.
The Tribune was not the only paper to make the mistake. The Journal of Commerce had eight articles in its November 3 edition about what could be expected of President Dewey. The paper’s five-column headline read, “Dewey Victory Seen as Mandate to Open New Era of Government Business Harmony, Public Confidence.”
On October 3, 1995, the early Internet news portal Pathfinder had prepared two versions of its page on the O.J. Simpson trial, anticipating alternative verdicts, and inadvertently posted the wrong “Guilty” version when the verdict was announced. Within five minutes, it was replaced by the correct “Not Guilty” version.
After the Supreme Court of the United States voted to uphold the individual mandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Fox News and CNN incorrectly reported that the mandate had been repealed, a photo-shopped image of the original photo appeared online of President Barack Obama smiling while holding up an Apple iPad with CNN’s website giving the erroneous headline.
There is the unintentional and there is the intentional and morbid mistake; when Sharron Angle ran for the U.S. Senate, she won the June 8, 2010 primary with 40.09 percent of the votes, beating Sue Lowden’s 26.11 percent, Danny Tarkanian’s 23.29 percent, and John Chachas’ 3.94 percent.
Las Vegas’ daily, The Las Vegas Review-Journal, for months was telling its readers that Sue Lowden, a friend and associate of their opponent Harry Reid, was ahead in the polls when nothing was further from the truth because Sue Lowden did not win one single county in Nevada.
Lowden is an executive and owner of casinos in Nevada and perhaps her companies spent money in the advertising department of the newspaper that very possibly may be money lost if she was not named as the front-runner.
Fast forwarding to March 2014, when Las Vegas Tribune founder wrote in his My Point of View column about the Sheriff race: “So far, all sheriff candidates that have appeared on Face the Tribune have been, and acted, very civilized and respectful toward their fellow candidates, even if the rest of them were not present.”
No mud-slinging, no dirty remarks about one or another; they merely expressed their opinions and their position on issues of interest regarding how the other candidates feel; in fact the names of the rest of the candidates became a non-issue; and, to be honest, that is the way I like it; I, for one, am very happy and very proud of all the candidates and the class they all displayed during this primary campaign.
“But — and there is always a but — it is very important that the Clark County constituents know that the only candidate that has not reached out to the Las Vegas Tribune or Radio Tribune is Joe Lombardo, who is supposed to be the shoulder-tapped candidate, so tapped by the present disgraced Metro administration; in fact he has shown very little interest in being seen in the community. He has not shown up at many of the debates, and no one has seen him around.
“However, in all fairness to Assistant Sheriff Joe Lombardo, we have to say that he is still an important part of the corrupted administration as undersheriff, and he may not be able to attend some of these events during working hours unless those who move the strings on his shoulders allow him to be seen in public — and MAYBE answer some questions from the audience, the public or the media.”
Perhaps what Larraz forgot to add to that article is that his master, the current sheriff, might not allow Lombardo to associate with the Las Vegas Tribune.
Lombardo is the only candidate in this election that has not confirmed his appearance at the 9/11 Patriot Day Debate at the Golden Nugget organized by the Las Vegas Tribune — perhaps because he has been ordered to stay far away from the Las Vegas Tribune; or, as many believe, he is afraid to face his opponent or of being put in the predicament of having to publicly debate the favorite candidate, Larry Burns.