Harry Reid Threatens Las Vegas Newspaper

Harry Reid, perhaps emulating the bullying tactics of an out-of-control Obama administration, has openly wished for the Las Vegas Review-Journal to ‘go out of business' - a newspaper which has held opposing political viewpoints with the Senator. 

But then, is this really shocking coming from a veiled supporter of the Fairness Doctrine?

The comment came when Bob Brown, the Journal's Director of Advertising, met with Reid at a Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce luncheon.  During the simple process of handshaking, an exchange in which most people with an ounce of class can pull off without issue, Reid said to Brown:  "I hope you go out of business."

In retrospect, perhaps Brown should have been relieved that he wasn't classified as a smelly tourist or an evil monger by the esteemed Senate Majority Leader.

To their credit, the Journal did not take this bullying tactic lying down. A quick thought on the LVRJ response after the jump:

Publisher Sherman Frederick posted an Op-Ed column in which he called Reid's tactics childish, ugly, boorish, creepy, and asinine. 

This piece is such a powerful retort to a threat from the U.S. Senator - a man who's career is defined by the words childish, ugly, boorish, creepy, and asinine, that adding further commentary seems unnecessary.

Frederick's column ends with this thought:   "...we serve notice on Sen. Reid that this creepy tactic will not be tolerated."  The question remains, will Nevadans also serve notice come the election in 2010?

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