The Las Vegas Review-Journal claims they print 158,000 papers daily; they
also claim they print 200,000 on Sundays. There is no proof that these
numbers are correct, but we are going to take their word for granted for the
purpose of this editorial.
Clark County has a population of 2.2 million, including 589,317 people living
within the Las Vegas City limits; and as we have pointed out previously, on
several occasions, the daily run is way down from the population and it is
even more way down if we take into consideration that the daily paper also sends
papers out of town to St George and Salt Lake City in Utah – that we know of,
because we have traveled to these cities; we have also read the Las Vegas
Review-Journal in Santa Monica, Hollywood, Marina Del Rey, Laguna Beach and
many other cities in Southern California; and in Monterey, San Francisco, Oakland,
San Jose, Santa Clara and many other cities in Northern California.
It is our understanding that there are ways to get the Las Vegas paper in
New York City, Long Island, Buffalo, Rochester and other cities in the
State of New York, as well as its capital.
They also have drops in New Jersey, Florida, Georgia, the nation’s capital, and other states in the South.
With all these paper drops in other states, it would be normal to ask what is
left for our own state capital, Lake Tahoe, and for Reno and other Nevada
They charge an arm and a leg plus perhaps the right eye for their
advertising on who-knows-what page and what section, where no one sees it.
Many sports readers go out in front of their home, get the paper, pull out the
sports section with a three-day-old score, and throw the rest in the trash
can; someone else will pick up the paper, pull out the local section to read the
horoscope and the advice columns, and throw the rest in the trash because they
already heard the news on the Nevada section of Good Morning America, where they might have one or two local news items, while the rest is wire service.
With all that in mind, they still want to be the only paper in town, the
only voice and the only game to control the lack of news in our community.
We do not always agree with the Las Vegas Sun; in fact we hardly ever agree
with the leftist editorial line of the Las Vegas Sun, but at least there is that
We don’t believe in lifting the Cuban embargo and we told that to the
newspaper’s publisher; we don’t believe in kissing US Senator and Majority
Leader Harry Reid’s feet as they do, but at least we have another voice to
Definitely, in our humble opinion, there is not that much difference between the newspapers, one may be for the left, and the other lies
for the right.
During the primary campaign between Sue Lowden and Sharron Angle, the Review-
Journal told its readers that Lowden was winning the election when in reality Lowden did not win any county and Angle was ahead all the time with the exception of one city in Nye County that the Independent candidate was ahead.
But what is most sad about all this is not the one newspaper trying to
control or monopolize the media, when in reality they are not equipt to do
so; or even the struggle the other newspaper is having trying to stay alive in this economy.
What is really sad is how money, ambition and greed can control the minds
of some individuals and create a family betrayal among them.
It is possibly understandable that the females in the Greenspun family might not get involved in the situation too much because they are leaving that to their husbands, but the male siblings going against the Greenspun clan for a few extra dollars is a shame and a disgrace.
As we have stated before, in the old days family loyalty was the normal
behavior for any family regardless of their financial or economic status,
and it is hard to comprehend how family can betray family by taking sides
with mercenaries and controlling individuals trying to control the news and
the media element.
The Greenspun family is a local family that has been in this community
probably longer than any power-grabbing individuals and transplants from
somewhere else that do not have the best interests of our community at heart.
The Greenspun family may need and deserve our support to become the local
newspaper once again, like it was when the family patriarch, Hank Greenspun, was
We may not agree with their editorial policy, but right now we lend our support to
the Las Vegas Sun in the memory of Hank Greenspun, who worked very hard to
make the Las Vegas Sun the best newspaper at one time in our unique city.