Many people are of the opinion that this is all part of the conspiracy theory mentally of the newspaper’s owner, who made the decision not to endorse Gillespie after a 30-minute meeting between the two men.
The sheriff has never denied or admitted the truth of that situation regarding the Las Vegas Tribune founder’s accusations — and despite a “courteous” hello when the two run into each other in an elevator at county commission meetings or any other public event, the friction between the sheriff and the newsman is obvious.
The Las Vegas Tribune’s publisher believes the newspaper has enough sources within the department that it doesn’t need the Public Relations office of the sheriff to tell the newspaper what to write.
On the few occasions that the newspaper had to ask for certain information from the office of public information that serves as a public relations office for the sheriff, the person answering the phone always tells the newspaper, “We’ll get back to you,” but never once did the newspaper get a call back as promised.
The Las Vegas Tribune news department and administration know firsthand and always what the response will be when they call, but they always get to prove their point that they will never call back.
“It seems like none of the [male] staff are ‘man enough’ to tell us that they are not allowed to give us any information,” said Alexandra Cohen, an investigator reporter with the newspaper who laughs when it comes to the sheriff’s public relations office denying discrimination and the effort of the sheriff’s department to seclude the Las Vegas Tribune from getting the real news out to the public.
“Not only do we have a 39-year veteran former detective with robbery/homicide and a former lieutenant with several years seniority, but we also have several sources in key departments and close to the administration who keep us informed of what is going on behind the scenes at 400 Police Plaza,” Cohen stated.
For those who like to take sides with the police administration, we have gathered the email addresses of several newsmen and news organizations that do not include the Las Vegas Tribune — the only real independent newspaper in Clark County that does not print only what the administration wants the public to know.
The following comprehensive list includes many local newspapers, wire services and a few reporters that count on the blessing of the sheriff and others:
Sent: Sunday, October 12, 2014 4:32 PM
To: Abel Ortiz; Adriana Arevalo; Ana Ley; Andrew Blankstein; Angel Covarrubias; Annalise Little; Associated Press; AP – Los Angeles Office; Bev Lorente; Bob Guerrero; Brian Haynes; Cassandra Keenan; Catalina Villegas; Chuck Meyer; Cy Ryan; Cynthia Johnston ; Dave Mondt ; Dayna Roselli; Denise Rosch; Dennis Broad; Dennis Neuhausel; Elmundo; Eric Jimenez; Ethan Miller; Fabiola Marzano; Francis McCabe; Gordon Absher; Grace Gomez; Grecia Figueroa; Greg Haas; Gregan Wingert; Guy Demarco; Hernando Amaya; Ian Russell; Isela Gonzalez; JLocher; Jackie Valley; Jan Hogan; Jeff German; Jeff Gillan; Jen Wahl; Jim Flint; Joe Gillespie; Joe Schoenmann; John Shaffer; Jonathan Cisowski; Jordan Gartner (Nightside); Joyce Kotnik; Julio Nunez2; Karen Fedelleck; KDWN News; Ken Ritter; Kim Ruesga; KLAS TV CH 8;
Channel 2 KLBC Laughlin; KOLO 8 News (Reno); Krystal Allan; Channel 3 KVBC; Channel 13; KVVU Fox 5; KXNT Radio; Kyle Hansen; Larry Ish – 13; Metro Editors; Laughlin Times; Laura Myers; Lauren Rozyla; Leslie Contreras; Leslie Contreras; Lindsay Curtis; Luis Deleon; Maria Cristina Matta-Caro; Marina Belisle; Maritza Flores; Mark Damon; Mark
Thomas; Martha Caldera; Martha Saldana; Marv Clemons; Mary Hynes; Mead Gruver; Melissa Arseniuk – Vegas 7; Melissa Duran; Michelle Rindells; Mike Blasky; Nate Tannenbaum; Nicolle Poretto; Norm Clarke – RJ; Phil Burger; Review-Journal; Police Beat; Ricardo Fernandez; Rigo Villalobos; Rosana Romero; Sandra Gonzalez; Sandy Mejia; Stacy Willis;
Stef Jay; Steve Kanigher; T Milliard; Taimi; Tate South; Terri Foley; Tiffany Murphy; Total Traffic; Tovin Lapan; Victoria Spilabotte; Viridiana Vidal-Gonzzali; Wade McAferty; Web Editor LV Sun; Xochitl Sandoval; Yazmin Beltran; Yeraldin Deavila; Yvette Monet.
The Las Vegas Tribune newspaper’s name, along with any of the individual reporters’ names, is nowhere to be found on that list and the newspaper executives believe that the sheriff has a lot to do with that form of discrimination, regardless of the end result.
“This is the kind of behavior the Gillespie mob is offering to the community; and if we get Gillespie’s shoulder-tapped successor, AKA as Joe Lombardo, the pattern will continue and that is why the people in Clark County need to elect Larry Burns as the next sheriff,’ said Rolando Larraz, Founder, Publisher and Editor in Chief of the Las Vegas Tribune newspaper, who has been out of the office for the last few weeks knocking on doors on behalf of Larry Burns for sheriff.
Unfair behavior like this and discrimination against another newspaper would have not been tolerated by the daily newspaper while Tom Mitchell was Editor — and a champion protecting the rights of any publication, as he did when Larraz was subpoenaed by the government to testify in a case while protected by the journalist shield law and Mitchell took the time to show his support.