The Adelson family confirmed it purchased the Review-Journal and says it didn’t intend to keep the news a secret

You might have heard: After the Las Vegas Review-Journal was purchased by a mystery buyer and many called on the owners to reveal themselves, sources said that casino owner Sheldon Adelson bought the paper, with the sale being facilitated by his son-in-law

But did you know: Ending a week of mystery around the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s new owners, the Adelson family confirmed Thursday it had purchased the newspaper. A statement was printed in Thursday’s edition of the Review-Journal, and the family said it did not intend to keep the news and their ownership a secret and it was “always our intention to publicly announce our ownership.” As for the reason behind the delay, the family says: “This week, with each of the Republican candidates for president and the national media descending on Las Vegas for the year’s final debate, we did not want an announcement to distract from the important role Nevada continues to play in the presidential election.”

+ What will Sheldon Adelson do with Nevada’s largest newspaper? “Adelson’s ownership therefore provokes understandable fears that he’s going to turn a politically important state’s most prominent media property into a right-wing propaganda sheet. … He has a track record in this regard: In Israel, he founded a free daily named Israel Hayom that has become popular and influential with a combination of a populist-tabloid sensibility and a hard-right political line. …  If that’s what Adelson wants for Las Vegas, there will be little to stop him — and little other place for locals to turn for their news.” (The Atlantic)

+ Review-Journal staffers continuously covered the story because they believed it was their duty to reveal the new owner: “It was our paper and our story. When you don’t know who your owner is, there are questions about your ability to do your job, be objective. We felt like we had to have that first to maintain our credibility.” (Huffington Post)