Special Internet Edition 12-15-2006
BACKGROUND: On Dec. 14, the slightly alternative weekly Las Vegas CityLife published its annual "Get Out of Town" rogue's gallery. Therein, reporter Andrew Kiraly trashed Las Vegas Review-Journal publisher Sherman Frederick for bodily function references in Frederick's Sunday columns. Kiraly states that Frederick's low humor would be more worthy of the Sparks Tribune rather than the almighty Review-Journal. The quote and a link to the full story are at bottom. (The Review-Journal and LV CityLife are owned by Stephens Media Group. Frederick runs the Las Vegas operation.)
TO: ANDREW KIRALY, Las Vegas CityLife
As an occasional contributor to Las Vegas CityLife and a freelance columnist for the Sparks Tribune since it went daily in 1988, I took special umbrage at your cheap shot at the Rail City daily in your Dec. 14 edition.
My first byline appeared in 1973 when the Tribune was a sleepy weekly. In the intervening decades, I recall no occasion upon which the Tribune has ever published anything approaching the fixation upon precious bodily fluids for which you flushed your own publisher for printing in his weekly commentary. 
For the past two decades, the Tribune columnists have been the most diverse in the entire state, ranging from a dyed-in-the-wool socialist to a borderline brownshirt.
I like the environment because it makes the rest of us look reasonable by comparison.
The independently owned Sparks Tribune has given Reno and Sparks something few communities can boast: a second daily newspaper.
The tiny Trib prints more pages every day than the Greenspun Sun inserts into the Review-Journal down in Gomorrah South.
As my longtime Tribune colleague in columny Travus T. Hipp once opined, sometimes cheap shots are the only shots you get.
Well and good, we take more heat than that every day.
This letter represents my personal opinion and not the paper's, but I hope you hear from them, too.
The next time you can't come up with a decent hurl at your boss, call us for some help.
Any Tribune writer could do a more entertaining job of crunching the RJ's crypto-fascist editorial page than you did.
Be well. Raise hell.
1. "(Sherman) Frederick's column might manage to be quaint in another context say, the Daily Sparks Tribune but coming from the figurehead of "Nevada's Largest Newspaper," the well-meaning Will Rogers-cum-Dave Barry shtick does little but inspire a painful cringe."
Andrew Kiraly in LV CityLife's annual Get Out of Town rant.
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