The Newspaper Preservation Act of 1970 was passed in an effort to maintain “editorially and reportorially independent and competitive” newspapers in communities across the country.
The law exempted newspapers from anti-trust laws and allowed failing papers to form joint operating agreements with another newspaper in the same market. This happened in Las Vegas in 1990 when the Las Vegas Sun signed a compact with the devil, we mean the Las Vegas Review-Journal. At first the Sun was delivered in the afternoon and the R-J in the morning. The deal was later renegotiated so that Sun would appear as a small section inserted in the morning. The contract expires in 2040.
The papers may not be competitive but they certainly are “editorially and reportorially independent,” as the Sunday paper attests.
In the opinion section of the R-J there is columnist Wayne Allyn Root, who thinks President Trump can do no wrong and should be much more. On the front of the Sun publisher and putative editor Brian Greenspun declares that Trump is a lying, treasonous coward who can do no right.
It’s no secret that I believe we have a big problem in America. We have lost “election integrity.” It’s no secret that I believe voter fraud is going on across America — with Democrats winning races based on mysterious, magical ballots appearing out of nowhere. It’s no secret I believe illegal aliens are voting in large numbers. But the time for talk is over.
Now is the time for solutions and actions — specifically executive orders by President Donald Trump. He must act alone because Congress never will. Democrats will never fix the system. Democrats claim there is no voter fraud. They don’t see a problem. …
Trump must single-handedly guarantee election integrity for 2020. Only he can do it. He must rule by executive order.
Sixty-five times in 2018, the Las Vegas Sun has published editorials criticizing President Donald Trump.
That’s a lot of criticism, no question, and much of it has been bracing. We’ve called him a coward, accused him of un-American behavior and suggested he’s committed treason, among other things. …
We have a president who is doing nothing less than trying to tear apart the American system of government, vandalize the core ideas that define Americans and defile what is great and good about this nation. We will fight all of that to the last drop of ink.
Can’t get much different than that. Of course, there is nothing in the law that requires either paper to be any good.