I understand that politics sometimes can get heated and that sometimes we disagree on things with our elected representatives and vice versa. However, manners are important, and bullying is out of place in any circumstance. There is also some wisdom in what your mother taught you–if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything. Well, some basic rules of how to treat people were broken in Las Vegas last week. I guess that’s not a shock, but here’s the story.
Senator Harry Reid was speaking at the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Before his speech, Reid joined the chamber’s board members for a meet-‘n’-greet and a photo. Bob Brown, the Review Journal director of advertising was one of the people in line. The report of this luncheon in the Review Journal includes the following:
“Yet, as Bob shook hands with our senior U.S. senator in what should have been nothing but a gracious business setting, Reid said: “I hope you go out of business.”
Later, in his public speech, Reid said he wanted to let everyone know that he wants the Review-Journal to continue selling advertising because the Las Vegas Sun is delivered inside the Review-Journal.”
How rude! Newspapers are there to report news. They also editorialize and have editorial views, that is also part of their job. To be so rude to an advertising salesman who is not even involved in the writing of the newspaper is ignorant and inexcusable.
It’s time to send Mr. Reid home from Congress so that he can remember that he is supposed to represent all the people in his state and also brush up on his manners!