Even before the Las Vegas Review-Journal was sold to New Media Investments and taken over by its GateHouse new division, the paper had dropped its very expensive contract with The Associated Press to save money.
So when AP’s Ken Ritter reported that some heirs of blues legend B.B. King claimed the Las Vegas singer-guitarist had been poisoned the paper was left with no access to the news, until Variety sent out a bylined rewrite of the AP story, which the R-J promptly posted online and bannered in its Nevada section.
Seems a bit like cheating.
This also left the paper reporting that an investigation would take eight weeks, though Ritter had already updated his reporting with the fact Metro “police said there was no active homicide investigation.”
Thrill of ethical news reporting is gone?
B.B. King (Getty photo)