Reid to LV Review-Journal: I hope you go out of business

Posted by: ST on August 30, 2009 at 6:38 pm

LVRJ publisher Sherman Frederick blasted US Senator Harry Reid today in a blistering piece on Reid’s recent publicly stated desire to see the LVRJ “go out of business”:

This newspaper traces its roots to before Las Vegas was Las Vegas.

We’ve seen cattle ranches give way to railroads. We chronicled the construction of Hoover Dam. We reported on the first day of legalized gambling. The first hospital. The first school. The first church. We survived the mob, Howard Hughes, the Great Depression, several recessions, two world wars, dozens of news competitors and any number of two-bit politicians who couldn’t stand scrutiny, much less criticism.

We’re still here doing what we do for the people of Las Vegas and Nevada. So, let me assure you, if we weathered all of that, we can damn sure outlast the bully threats of Sen. Harry Reid.

On Wednesday, before he addressed a Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Reid joined the chamber’s board members for a meet-‘n’-greet and a photo. One of the last in line was the Review-Journal’s director of advertising, Bob Brown, a hard-working Nevadan who toils every day on behalf of advertisers. He has nothing to do with news coverage or the opinion pages of the Review-Journal.

Yet, as Bob shook hands with our senior U.S. senator in what should have been nothing but a gracious business setting, Reid said: “I hope you go out of business.”

Later, in his public speech, Reid said he wanted to let everyone know that he wants the Review-Journal to continue selling advertising because the Las Vegas Sun is delivered inside the Review-Journal.

Such behavior cannot go unchallenged.


But to fully capture the magnitude of Reid’s remark (and to stop him from doing the same thing to others) it must be called what it was — a full-on threat perpetrated by a bully who has forgotten that he was elected to office to protect Nevadans, not sound like he’s shaking them down.

No citizen should expect this kind of behavior from a U.S. senator. It is certainly not becoming of a man who is the majority leader in the U.S. Senate. And it absolutely is not what anyone would expect from a man who now asks Nevadans to send him back to the Senate for a fifth term.

If he thinks he can push the state’s largest newspaper around by exacting some kind of economic punishment in retaliation for not seeing eye to eye with him on matters of politics, I can only imagine how he pressures businesses and individuals who don’t have the wherewithal of the Review-Journal.

For the sake of all who live and work in Nevada, we can’t let this bully behavior pass without calling out Sen. Reid. If he’ll try it with the Review-Journal, you can bet that he’s tried it with others. So today, we serve notice on Sen. Reid that this creepy tactic will not be tolerated.

We won’t allow you to bully us. And if you try it with anyone else, count on going through us first.

That’s a promise, not a threat.

And it’s a promise to our readers, not to you, Sen. Reid.

The Wichita Examiner’s Geoff Caldwell angrily responds:

Mr. Frederick could not have used a better word. Bully is exactly what defines Reid and far too many others of the Democratic party now occupying the Capitol.

From Pelosi’s “astro-turf, Nazi” comments regarding those opposed to her massive health care bill, to Charles [Rangel’s] years of failure to properly report income on his tax returns, to Diane Watson praising Fidel Castro, the amount of vitriol against, and plain disrespect for, the American people is disgusting.


Can you imagine what a huge moral victory it would be for our party if we managed to defeat the Senate Majority Leader next year? Hey – don’t laugh. At this point it’s looking entirely possible.

Of course, anything can happen in the next year, but the signs are encouraging. Stay tuned …

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18 Responses to “Reid to LV Review-Journal: I hope you go out of business”


  1. Ron Russell says:

    What, Harry Reid “nasty”, well he certainly is no “dirty Harry”. “Nasty Harry” does have a nice ring to it.

  2. Carlos says:

    Nah, he’s just “Dingy”. Fairly apropos for one who’s always associated with but never specifically tied to “dirty” or “nasty”.

    I suppose he hated GM, too, until the guvmint took it over and gave it to the onions. I mean unions.

    It’s no surprise guvmint runs most education today. It’s already run by the unions.

    And as far as Dingy goes, he’s got an easier ride than most would expect, seeing’s how the SEIU runs most of Vegas, and they can always conjure up as many votes as he needs, what with all the homeless, graveyards and unions there. Heck, I wonder if they’ll find another Mickey Mouse to vote again? And he’ll probably have Ahmadinijad’s people advising him on how exactly to run the pre-voting.

    Yeah, Nevada, stick the rest of the country with such an outstanding person of principle, always willing to put party ahead of country. With some real practice he could even be as good as “The Swimmer.”

  3. Steve Skubinna says:

    What do you expect? We saw these thug tactics during the election, and we elected the thug-in-chief to the White House.

    Okay, Obama’s not actually a thug. He’s too idealistic, too good, too pristine to get his hands dirty. He has goons to be bussed in to crack heads, and every Dem politico down the line has taken the message to heart – mess with us and you’re dog meat. And then Obama sits above it all, making magisterial pronuncements about how “both sides” need to respect each other.

    Say the DNC today: “Nice Constitution you got here. Be a shame if anything happened to it.”

  4. steveegg says:

    The Chicago Way hits Vegas.

  5. DaveinPhoenix says:

    Since the Democratic Congress took control in January of 2007, thousands of private sector businesses HAVE “gone out of business” as public servant Reid proposed to his constituent. So, he’s basically espoused verbally the agenda which the Democratic Party in Congress has followed. Millions unemployed.

    An average 5% unemployment rate sounds good, huh ? That was(roughly)the average unemployment rate from 1998-2001, when a Republican Congress gave us balanced federal budgets. Say goodnight to your own personal self-serving bureaucracy Harry.

  6. NC Cop says:

    Absolutely Orwellian. You have a party in complete power that has absolutely no fear of the press or its people. We all know where that leads.

    God help us all.

  7. Carlos says:

    Question: How many times can the donks conjure up more people to vote than are actually registered to vote, a la Seattle and other places in 2006 with the help of such wonderful activist orgs as ACORN, before even the wet-dream MSM will notice and report?

  8. Peter says:

    Who was it that said to never get in a pissing match with someone who buys ink by the barrel?
    Reid has to be dumber than a bag of hammers to pick a fight with the major newspaper in the southern half of the state.

  9. jo says:

    I just hope all of these sanctimonious actual taxpayers who voted Democrat (versus those with their hands out for the rest of us to see to their every need while not paying a dime in to the system) are enjoying their just rewards. With these Marxist, “Progressive Socialists” at the helm they’ll take over the auto industry, healthcare, what press there is that aren’t already in the tank for them and now they’re grabbing at control over the internet. Everybody together now–unity at its finest, bend over and kiss our butts goodbye. I hope they take Harry Reid out one way or another.

  10. Homer Boiteux (Baton Rouge) says:

    If Reid, his cronies and fellow croakers were shown the door at the next election, it wouldn’t be a victory for the Republican party as much as a defeat of the enemies of freedom–statists, of whatever party or country, are the foes of free people everywhere. At least, that how it looks from the Bayou, where we’re not used to anybody telling us what to do or how to think.

  11. Brontefan says:

    a defeat of the enemies of freedom–statists

    Wouldn’t that be a dream-come-true? The new mode, which is supported by them mainstream news media, where they can protest, say outrageous things, compare the President to Hitler/Nazis, etc. & it is American but when the other side dares to participate,they send in the union thugs & the news media endorses whatever comes from the WH & all the President’s men,———is unconscionable.

  12. Carlos says:

    Well, you see, Homer, that’s where public education has devolved to. They don’t teach anyone how to think, just what to believe, and if one does do some real thinking the establishment goes ballistic and accuses the offender of such nefarious behavior that one is either ostracized by “normal” people (defined as people who believe and behave as they are told) or change back into unthinking cowards (which is a lot easier).

    Significantly different from your last three words, “…how to think.”

    Thinking is a real threat to all things liberal, and they use the same social processes as have been used through the ages to keep people in line, usually peer pressure, but occasionally the threat of thuggery or actual thuggery. And the more powerful the group becomes, the bolder those threats (as in SEIU, ACORN, Philadelphia Panthers and brownshirts.)

    Dingy Harry has caught onto that concept quite nicely, don’tcha think?

  13. Kate says:

    Considering the rags like the NYT….that are losing readership, the paper in Las Vegas probably has it’s share of liberal editorials, etc. It’s ironic that a newspaper is speaking out against bullying tactics when others in the industry dish dirt on a regular basis and do very little in the way of journalism or cleaning up their own industry. So Harry is not unhappy about losing a newspaper….more power to the internet. But beware, Obama has his eye on controlling that, too, thinly veiled as a security option.

    As it is Harry does have the backing of the casinos thug unions and workers who depend on the tourist industry. If the public were to boycott the casinos because they supported Harry maybe they would change their tune, too. I guess the high rollers may not be affected by a bad economy, but the general public really has a good excuse not to gamble in LV now.

  14. Bill says:

    Judging from Reid’s latest poll numbers, I’m thinking he will be out of business long before the LVRJ.

  15. Tango says:

    The natives are restless here in Vega$. With an (admitted) unemployment rate of 13.5%, and Pinky’s inability to get his pal BarryO to remove the city from the presidential ‘blacklist,’ people are wondering WTH good is Reid? He’s already running campaign ads, but I am not at all certain they (or the $25M re-election war chest he’s amassed) will be enough to save him.


  16. Carlos says:

    I don’t know, Tango. $25M can buy a lot of strongarm union thugs and ship in a lot of oak nuts to whip a wavering public, and with the right elections officials, who knows how many criminal aliens can be bought off, too? You know, the ones who believe Nevada is really still part of Mexico (like La Raza does) and us white folks are nothing more than squatters.