(Chuck Muth) – “To the entire Review-Journal staff, and specifically columnist John L. Smith,” writes Dan Zelna in a letter-to-the-editor published on Friday by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “Please stop whining about Sheldon Adelson’s purchase of the Review-Journal. It’s really getting old.”
“Getting”? Talk about a master of understatement. This has been “old” since pretty much the day after the sale was officially announced.
Another letter writer, Mike Bryant, summed up the situation nicely from the perspective of a lot of us today with…
“I simply cannot believe all the fuss over the Adelson family purchasing the Review-Journal. The local hysteria is completely out of line. If people are worried that the R-J might have a seismic shift to the right in its content, this will be a refreshing and welcome move in my view.”
And Zelna hit the nail on the head when he further wrote…
“Don’t forget the golden rule: Those with the gold make the rules.”
Indeed, if the newspaper staff wants to make the rules, the newspaper staff needs to put up the money to buy the paper.
As for the apparent discontent by some staffers with Adelson’s well-known brand of conservatism, Zelna again was right on the mark, including just the right tinge of sarcasm…
“If you can’t handle your boss, take your shiny journalism degree down the road to a city and culture you can tolerate and that will worship your outstanding intelligence.”
Outstandingly put, Mr. Zelna!