Just as I suspected.
The management of the Las Vegas newspaper is treating the departure of 30-plus-year columnist John L. Smith as if he were an anonymous copyeditor. There is no mention in the paper today, a scheduled column day, of Smith’s Tuesday resignation over being told he could not write about two of the most prominent casino owners in Las Vegas because they had unsuccessfully and frivolously sued him for libel years ago.
They could not even inform their readers that Smith had left the paper to “pursue other opportunities” — the old, frayed, hackneyed standby for departing employees.
This simply shows a total disregard for the paper’s readers. Smith is arguably the most recognized writer in Nevada not named Twain or Laxalt, but the newspaper managers wad him up and toss him out.
The newspaper’s subscribers are just left to speculate and ruminate, while management chews its cud.