The New York Times front page on Sunday, January 3, 2016. PtD Photo.
+ THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES: Details about the players and possible motive behind the sale of the Las Vegas Review-Journal keeps it front page news, as you can tell from New York Times' Sunday edition. They ran a recap. On Monday, the story kept moving forward and the Review-Journal is the source.
It was a busy day at The R-J. From CNN Money:
Jay Rosen has been following the story since it broke. As chair of the journalism faculty at New York University, he's had quite a few thoughts. This from what he added today. From PressThink
The recent purchase of the Las Vegas Review Journal became an epic opera when a new ownership tried to be a secret operative and shows how Las Vegas based ownership will sometimes use, in what could be called an MMM, or Mob Management Model, that instructs staff to "Ferget about it."
That was the message to the newsroom when editors and reporters insisted on knowing who they were working for. Reporters were told to "do their job." That was a bad decree. They did. From CNN:
My suspicion was the takeover was also a step to have editorial lean to the right. Others share that view. From The Atlantic.
My hunch was less scientific. The quick purchase was made soon the same paper spun how more staff coverage of the arts meant less "most community theater, classical music and ballet reviews" since it no longer meant "best use of our resources."
The arts getting whacked is always a warning shot sometime may be going down.
Today, the R-J website has a statement from the Adelson family. In part it reads:
The big irony may still be coming. Can a newspaper uncovering suspicious ownership be nominated for a Pulitzer?
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.