By Perly Viasmensky
Ace news Investigator with Channel 8, George Knapp, calls her “the Sheriff Whisperer,” but at the Las Vegas Tribune, Carla Alston is called something else (the other way around) as she listens to the Sheriff whisper in her ear when the top cop in Clark County tells her to cut the weekly newspaper off from getting information, being invited to the press conferences and leaving them out of all communications; the Sheriff whispers and she obeys.
Besides obeying the Sheriff’s orders, Carla Alston has a personal dislike for this newspaper and its administration because she doesn’t know how to take criticism when it is levied against her.
Carla Alston retires from her position after twenty years as Metro’s “Sheriff Whisperer,” but there will be no change made between the administration and this newspaper; it will not be any different now because the order comes from the “Ivory Tower” and no one is allowed to criticize, wonder about, or question that order.
The Las Vegas Tribune never questioned her qualifications as newswoman or her alleged “luck” by landing such a cushy job with Metro.
The newspaper never once questioned her reputation as newswoman because there was nothing to question or criticize; the Las Vegas
Tribune questioned the fact that Las Vegas Metropolitan Police brought in an outside female civilian to lead a department that forever was
mainly the job of the men in uniform and it could have been degrading to those officers when there were many qualified females in uniform
that could have filled that position.
As a newswoman, one that former coworker George Knapp had publicly nicknamed “The Sheriff Whisperer,” with many years of experience she
could have whispered to the Sheriff that he was wrong by excluding this newspaper from the press conferences and denying it access to
information that everyone else had, The Las Vegas Tribune was forced to use information from sources unhappy with the administration (Metro).
Now that everything is about racism and discrimination, there is no racism on our part regarding the fact that she is Black and female.
But considering that she was the Communication Director of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department that used the department’s motto
of “Partners with the Community,” she as a Black person is now in our present times the “Majority,” which is a form of racism, and is using
discrimination against the paper, as we already became “Minorities” to a great extent, since a great number of the staff of the Tribune are
three times minority — Women, WHITE, and Spaniards.
The newspaper could have used other legal ways to force the METRO administration to include and treat the Las Vegas Tribune as any other
publication, but neither the editorial nor the news department thought it necessary because the newspaper has other and possibly even better
sources of information than the public relations department of the police force uses and with which not too many officers are happy.
The Sheriff might still not be too happy over our not endorsing him in any of the elections, but he did not have any reason to be upset because he was the “anointed” candidate against the wishes of all the members of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department who were all
backing the late Captain Larry Burns.
The Las Vegas Tribune did not endorse Sheriff Bill Young the first time, but he never retaliated against the newspaper; the same happened with Doug Gillespie, who did not get the Las Vegas Tribune’s endorsement, but never seemed to carry out any resentment or strong retaliation against the newspaper and even carried on a simple social speaking relationship with this publication.
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Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky,
email her at firstname.lastname@example.org