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An investigative project at the Las Vegas Review-Journal last month may have targeted the judge hearing a suit against new owner’s casino

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The Las Vegas Review-Journal continued its coverage of the strange circumstances surrounding its sale to casino owner Sheldon Adelson by publishing a story Friday offering strong evidence that Adelson may already be advancing his agenda at the paper. Three Review-Journal reporters were asked to monitor and gather information on three business court justices, one of whom is hearing a wrongful-termination suit against Adelson’s Sands Casino. The order to cover the story came from GateHouse’s corporate offices, and no story was published in the Review-Journal or other GateHouse papers.

+ The Review-Journal also published a front-page editorial pledging transparency: “You can be assured that if the Adelsons attempt to skew coverage, by ordering some stories covered and others killed or watered down, the Review-Journal’s editors and reporters will fight it. How can you be sure? One way is to look at how we covered the secrecy surrounding the newspaper’s sale. We dug in. We refused to stand down. We will fight for your trust. Every. Single. Day. Even if our former owners and current operators don’t want us to.” (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

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