Monday, October 24, 2016

Trump gets his first real newspaper endorsement

And it turns out to be the newspaper that Sheldon Adelson had to buy so it would stop saying mean, but truthful, things about him.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal became the first major newspaper to endorse Donald Trump for president this election season, stating that, while the candidate has flaws, he'll bring needed disruption and change to Washington.

"Mr. Trump represents neither the danger his critics claim nor the magic elixir many of his supporters crave," the paper said in its endorsement. "But he promises to be a source of disruption and discomfort to the privileged, back-scratching political elites for whom the nation's strength and solvency have become subservient to power's pursuit and preservation."

Trump tweeted, "Thank you Las Vegas Review Journal" with a link to the editorial.

The paper was bought by Sheldon Adelson last year, a major Republican donor who is also another billionaire linked to casinos. It remained unclear who bought the newspaper at the time of the deal, but many speculated whoever it was – that person really wanted to own this newspaper.

Soon after, it was reported that Adelson bought the Review-Journal for a whopping $140 million.

"Suspicions about his motives for paying a lavish $140 million for the newspaper last month are based on his reputation in Las Vegas as a figure comfortable with using his money in support of his numerous business and political concerns," the New York Times reported in January.

The Review-Journal has a circulation of about 98,000 daily, 119,000 on Sundays and "remains a prime target for anyone seeking to influence voters in Nevada," The Post's media critic Paul Farhi wrote.
Probably a moment of remorse by Shelly since he was no longer giving money to the Trump campaign/circus.


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