We expressed our disappointment when the City Life newspaper ended, and the Las Vegas Sentinel Voice — the only Black newspaper in the our community — closed their doors after thirty-five years of publication.
Today, we are saddened again and disappointed that another voice in our community has shut down, allowing the Review-Journal to get one step closer to controlling the opinions of many in the community and getting in an even better position to brainwash and poison the thinking-processes of the people, the people of the state of Nevada.
Jon Ralston ended his Face-to-Face television show after 14 years on the air on Friday, December 12 of 2014.
We did not always agree with Mr. Ralston’s opinion, but we most definitely appreciated his efforts to bring forth his straight journalism, giving the audience two sides of every story.
Once a woman at a restaurant was offered a copy of the Las Vegas Tribune and she, not too politely, refused the gift by saying that she does not read the Las Vegas Tribune because they only print one side of the story.
The person offering her the copy of this newspaper told her that she was right, that we agree with her that the Las Vegas Tribune prints only one side of the story. The woman looked up, incredible that we would agree with her, until we told her that the Las Vegas Tribune prints one particular side of the story — the OTHER side, the side of the truth, the side of those who do not have a full voice in the community, the other side that the Review-Journal does not print. That is why we were very happy when Jon Ralston left the Review-Journal after many years in different capacities, from reporter to writer to columnist. We were even happier when Ralston left the Las Vegas Sun after the Greenspun family bought his Ralston Report.
He deserves to be an independent supplier of opinions as every journalist deserves to be, answering only to the community and his audience, bringing a real transparency in our political circles even though that is not the goal of the daily newspaper or the opinion of
the powers that be.
Ralston has been digging up the dirt about Nevada politics and businesses for almost two decades. A Buffalo, N.Y. native, Ralston arrived in Las Vegas in 1983 and went to work at the daily newspaper learning the ropes of our city, very quickly gaining the admiration of many and the fear of others.
Ralston holds a B.A. in English from Cornell University and an M.A. in journalism from University of Michigan.
Shortly after his 1983 graduation, he came to Las Vegas as the night police reporter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, later covering general assignments and county government before becoming a political reporter in 1986.
His bio reads as this one liner: “I’m a political analyst on TV, on the web and in print — a single dad with one daughter.”
By the way he talks, he seems to adore his daughter, and on the rare occasions we have seen him with his daughter in public, we can see that they have a magnificent relationship and maintain a great line of communication between the two of them.
Las Vegas has not been blessed with many real journalists; there have been maybe a handful of them that can be counted in that category, and each with their own style.
At the top of the list, of course, is the “Chairman of the Board,” Mr. Bob Stodal, who has been instrumental in the life and careers of many
in the news business in this community.
U.S. Senate and Majority Leader Harry Reid called Bob Stodal a legend and we have to agree wholeheartedly with that designation even if we still refer to him as the “Chairman of the Board” because of his dedication and impeccably clean record in the news business.
Ned Day, a Milwaukee Wisconsin native, is another good example of real journalism; a fighter for news and a nose for finding stories. Day came to Las Vegas to work at the North Las Vegas Valley Times and when the newspaper closed, the Review-Journal grabbed him and he was the lead columnist until his death.
The First Lady of Nevada Journalists, Jane Ann Morrison, is still hanging in there at the Review-Journal, jumping from reporter to columnist to reporter and back again to columnist.
The end of the Jon Ralston Face-to-Face show is sad for all Las Vegas news junkies. We hope and pray that we can have him back again somewhere, someday, but where can he continue to display his talent?