We are hoping that the new owners of the Review-Journal will not become part of the conspiracy that the people of Nevada, in particular those in Clark County, have been victims of by only reading what the largest newspaper in Nevada (according to them) chooses to offer their readers.
That newspaper for years has been known by its readers as an ally and co-conspirator of the courts and elected officials at all levels, at best creating an aura of a social conspiracy waiting to take orders and receive the information given to them by the same system they are supposed to look after, watch over and question when needed.
Everyone was all shook up when an internal communication, direct and confidential orders, were given to supposedly loyal employees, who were liked by the newspaper higher-ups, yet bit the hands that fed them.
What is wrong with having successful billionaire Sheldon Adelson as the owner of the only daily newspaper in the best city of them all?
Look at Sheldon Adelson’s career since he started the electronic convention (COMDEX) in Las Vegas back in the late seventies. Adelson got his major start in the trade show business. As early as the 1970s, he saw the potential in personal computers. He and his partners founded the computer trade show COMDEX in 1979. Ten years after founding COMDEX, Adelson and his partners bought the famous Sands Hotel. A year later, in 1990, they opened the Sands Expo and Convention Center across from the hotel — a center now covering over 2.25 million square feet of show floor and meeting space. While developing the Sands properties, Adelson sold COMDEX in 1995 for more
than $800 million.
Adelson is a modern Steve Wynn or Kirk Kerkorian; everything he touches is turned into gold; maybe now Las Vegas will go back to having a real newspaper — not just a forum for a selected group of privileged individuals — serving the community.
When former Majority Leader Harry Reid accused a presidential candidate of not paying taxes, he was asked by a news reporter about his lying to the American people; his cynical answer was a clear
indication of how politicians operate. “He didn’t get elected, did he?” Reid replied, confirming what the Las Vegas Tribune has been saying for the last eighteen years about the mainstream media being in bed with the on-duty politicians — since he knew that the mainstream media would not cover that side of the story, thereby proving us right once again.
At that time no one rebutted the lies of the powerful majority leader that everyone fears; the reporter could have been new in the business or did not know better, but perhaps the seasoned reporters that brag so much a bout how good they are should have made an issue of that as they are now making a three-week-long issue of Adelson buying the daily newspaper.
It is a fact that these days there are no more Watergate reporters or Pelican Briefs investigators that work for the money they earn. Today they sit at the courthouse free desk waiting for their column of the day or the front-page article submitted by some middleman who expects the “article” to be printed with the reporter’s b y line; that is the new era of journalism. In the past when there was real and competitive journalism, that could have been better accepted because they were then forced to beat the competition; but today, with only one daily newspaper, there is no one to best and no need to compete. That is sad but true.
There was a lady who told the Las Vegas Tribune’s Founder that she does not read the Las Vegas Tribune because the newspaper only reports one side of the story; the lady showed surprise on her face when the Founder agreed with her, and she then started listening to what he had to say:
“You are right, lady, I agree with you. We only print one side of the story,” our Founder said, we print the other side because the Review-Journal only prints what the government tells them to print. I am proud of the work the Las Vegas Tribune is doing in the community — filling in, with truth, the big gap in the presentation of news that existed before we came along.”
We believe that Sheldon Adelson is a success story and we hope he continues his success story pattern by taking the daily newspaper down a different path — that of equality and impartiality in serving the community.