Las Vegas Review-Journal Staff Say They Were Told To Ease Up On Adelson

January 5, 2016 10:51 a.m.

An editor brought in by the management of the Las Vegas Review-Journal told the staff to avoid looking like it’s “out to get our owner” Sheldon Adelson, CNN and Huffington Post reported based on staff accounts.

In a statement to Huffington Post Monday, Providence Journal executive editor David Butler rebutted claims that he had told staff to let up on their coverage of Adelson but he said he told staff that “there is a balance for all coverage and we ought never want to look churlish.”

He also told CNN that “some folks are still nearly hysterical” and that the “staff had a lot of pent-up venting to do and this was their chance.”

Earlier in the day, Las Vegas Review-Journal staffer Stephanie Grimes live-tweeted the meeting, including instructions by Butler — whose paper is owned by the Review-Journal’s previous owners (which will continue to manage the Review-Journal under the new ownership) and who reportedly has been brought in temporarily to help with the transition — for covering the Adelsons’ purchase of the paper.

Two anonymous sources present at the meeting confirmed to CNN Grimes’ description of it.

Butler also told CNN via email that it was “unfortunate that what was billed as a private meeting was widely broadcast,” but said he putting together a proposal for new guidelines for the paper.

“Some folks are still nearly hysterical, as you might understand, and I did say let’s just calm down a bit,” he said.

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