They all remember when Las Vegas used to have the morning newspapers
and each had their own evening edition, just as in any other city in
the United States.
Most of those who had the opportunity of knowing the founder of the
Las Vegas Sun, Hank Greenspun, held him in high esteem and were not at
all happy when the Review-Journal tried to take over the paper.
As always happens, people get used to seeing things a certain way,
like the Las Vegas Sun inside the Review-Journal, but it doesn’t stop
them from hoping that some day they could see their favorite newspaper
back in its own rack, independent from that other one.
The days of “Where I Stand” by Hank Greenspun and Paul Price, with the
investigative reporting of Harold Hyman, are memorable times if you
ask any of those old-timers looking for hard-hitting reporting and
Today the story is way different: an outsider, a transplant from
somewhere else, is forcing the people of Las Vegas to be limited to a
one-opinion, one-version and one-side-of-the-story newspaper.
No one knows it better than the little weekly Las Vegas Tribune that
has been a victim of the tentacles of a giant that spends more time
trying to destroy the little boy on the block than doing right by the
community they have adopted by force.
Remember, the community did not adopt the Review-Journal, but the
Review-Journal has forced the community to adopt it.
All that can be attributed to doing business, but according to some of
those old-timers, family is family, regardless. Right or wrong, family
is family, and seeing the Greenspun family divided, taking sides with
outsiders against the family, is a sad event.
In their efforts to be the only voice in Las Vegas, they — some of the
daily paper’s people — have taken the little Las Vegas Tribune off the
rack and thrown it into a green trash container outside a local
Calling it “the little Las Vegas Tribune” does not in any way diminish
the brave and courageous only independent newspaper in the Clark
County/Las Vegas area that publishes stories that no one else has the
audacity to publish without misleading the readers or lying to them.
It is like “The little newspaper that could.”
Las Vegas Sun Publisher and son of the newspaper founder, Brian
Greenspun, alleges in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Las Vegas federal
court, that an offer from Stephens Media LLC violates federal
antitrust law and a 1989 joint operating agreement overseen by the
U.S. Justice Department.
The younger Greenspun seems to be standing alone while his siblings
take sides with the enemy against the family principal that made the
Greenspuns a very special family.
Hank Greenspun took fights that he had no business in to defend those
victims of injustice and betrayal and was known as a loyal friend and
patriot; he and his wife Barbara built the Las Vegas Sun from nothing
to become the best newspaper in the city — and that, the
Review-Journal could not tolerate.
“The Review-Journal was a monopoly in 1950 when my parents started
this newspaper,” Greenspun told The Associated Press last week.
“They’ve been trying ever since to be a monopoly. My job is to keep
the Las Vegas Sun as healthy as I can keep it, so Southern Nevada has
two competing and viable reportorial and editorial news products.”
An email send to the Las Vegas Sun Publisher was not answered by press
time; we learned that last week Las Vegas Tribune founder and
publisher, Rolando Larraz, communicated with Greenspun but the
communication was private. Efforts to contact Larraz who is out of the
office were not successful.