Today the Las Vegas Sun finally got around to reporting on the Review-Journal’s reply to Brian Greenspun’s antitrust suit trying to prevent his siblings from shutting down the paper, which has been an insert in the R-J since 2005.
Drowning Clarence in malmsey.
It was a fairly straightforward account, but it also included an amusing comment by Brian Greenspun’s attorney, Joseph Alioto, who accused the R-J’s owners of trying to “squeeze the little guy out of the picture.”
“They’re afraid of a competitor growing. It’s like Richard III: Get rid of all the kids!” Alioto said. “It’s an ancient story. The kids will grow up. … The Sun is growing up financially. Its editorial voice is already grown up.”
This immediately called to mind the first time Vin Suprynowicz wrote in an editorial that something or other should be drowned in malmsey. Frankly, I had to look it up to be sure whereof he spoke:
Second Murderer. Look behind you, my lord.
First Murderer. Take that, and that: if all this will not do,
I’ll drown you in the malmsey-butt within.
Having thus dispatched an heir to the throne, Richard III shortly goes on to be dehorsed in battle and slain. (A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!)
Speaking of horses, today the R-J reportedly switched over to some new computer or pagination system. While apparently the print version of the paper was produced, the online site is a mess and incomplete. I defy you to find John L. Smith’s column for example. And the Kindle version, for which people actually pay good money, doesn’t even include a Nevada section at all.
“Richard III” may be a more apt allusion than even the Sun attorney imagines.