Before we take on the editorial issue of this week, we want to take this opportunity to send to all mothers in our nation our sincere best wishes for their special day, along with our utmost respect for the position of motherhood.
With our humble few words, we want to echo the sentiments of all those that form the Las Vegas Tribune family and say Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers and the mothers-to-be.
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Mainstream media and its arrogant attitude
One of the problems that this great nation has been facing for many years in the so-called mainstream media, with its arrogant attitude by making everyone believe that they are better that the rest of us — the weekly newspapers, monthly magazines and any other publications that are not published under their pattern.
Sadly enough the government takes their side with their own arrogant attitude whenever it’s convenient for them to do so.
Today’s world and technology with Internet and social media pushes the so-called mainstream media into second place, along with the status of having less importance than they have even been used to treating other publications that do not belong to their own stable.
A good proof of that is an article that appeared in the so-called “largest newspaper in Nevada” — even if we have already cleared the air regarding that statement by refreshing the memory of Nevada residents by telling them that The Las Vegas Sun, insert or not, is another publication that is considered a mainstream media publication even if it is more online than print, and has the same circulation, the same drop locations, and the same subscribers as the Review-Journal.
In Tuesday’s local front page article the daily newspaper teamed up with the former publisher, who has now published several newspapers in rural Nevada and agrees with Cliven Bundy’s attorneys to stop the secrecy of the Bundy’s files that the federal government is not willing to open to the media so the community can be informed of every step of the Cliven Bundy family and followers that are being arbitrarily kept behind bars.
Pete Santilli hosts an Internet-based Pete Santilli show from Cincinnati on YouTube and has been covering the Bundy’s drama with the federal army from the very beginning in Bunkerville and Oregon.
But the federal government, because it’s convenient for them now, does want to accept the fact that Pete Santilli is a journalist just because he does not belong to the government-controlled mainstream media, also known as the print media.
Mainstream is an adjective, it’s not a title and definitely is not a name to identify a media outlet that routinely sides with the government and has autonomy on the airways and the Internet.
Pete Santilli should be respected and treated as any other member of the media, mainstream or not; he is performing the duty of informing his radio audience of what is happening in the nation and perhaps in the world we all live in because the airwaves of the Internet are more widespread than any regular radio station.
Las Vegas Tribune was a print newspaper until not long ago; today the newspaper is online only but that should not make us less of a newspaper than when it had a limited circulation to Clark County and Los Angeles County; now we are reaching readers in Buffalo, New York; Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville and Miami in Florida as well as
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, New York City and as far away as Germany.
Pete Santilli is NOT playing the media card in a bid to gain his release from federal custody; he is a member of the media and should be treated and respected as one.
Last week, Santilli’s attorney told the court that Santilli was covering the April 12, 2014, armed confrontation between the Bundy family and law enforcement as a member of the media and reminded the court that “the court should carefully consider the chilling effect on the media that the detention of the main journalist covering the Bundys would have on other journalists interested in these land issues,”
The federal government should not team up with the print media (the so called mainstream media) and treat the social media or the Internet (online) media as less than they are because we are doing a better job and are more widespread than they can ever be, and after all, now the so-called “mainstream media” is teaming up with another print weekly media in rural Nevada and The Associated Press to intimidate the federal government that does not like to upset the print media.
If they do not see themselves as better that the online media, why do they not ask the eighteen-year-old Las Vegas Tribune to join in the petition they are presenting the federal government? Because they know we do a better job with less money.