When the newspaper scoops itself

Want to save three bucks?

Don’t buy the Sunday morning paper, just go online Saturday afternoon and evening. The morning Las Vegas paper is taking practices from the Sun insert and posting stories for free hours before you can buy them.

The R-J’s lede story in the Sunday paper — about some of the governor’s challenges in his fifth year in office — was posted online about 2 p.m. Saturday. That’s when I read it.

John L. Smith’s colorful word portrait of colorful cowboy Commissioner Collins went up a couple of hours later. You are in the room when you read: “It was 5 o’clock somewhere, and former Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins was holed up in his home office drinking a can of Coors Light and fielding calls from well-wishers and bull brokers.

“With a lip bulging with Copenhagen, and a bottle of Pendleton whiskey nearby in case of snakebite, Collins embarked on a rambling 90-minute interview …”

The front page story about dirty bomb material being buried in Nevada was posted just before 10 p.m.

The story on the school district being still short of teachers could be read online about 7:30 p.m.

The sports columnists did not get posted till about 11:30 p.m.

The opinion page cover columns could’ve been read about 11 p.m. Same for the editorials.

For same strange reason the lede Business section story was not posted until 7:15 a.m. today, though the paper went to press well before midnight.

Not sure the right hand knows what the left hand is doing sometimes.




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