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The Nevada Independent apologized after an editor’s note in the site’s daily bulletin said recent praise for Las Vegas reporter Jeff German, who was killed earlier this month, was “a little excessive.”
In Tuesday’s “The Daily Indy” email from the Nevada Independent, a letter from editor Elizabeth Thompson included a note about the German and a recent comment about the ailing investigative reporter.
“Is it just me or does anyone else think reporter Jeff German’s hype was too much?” Thompson wrote. “Yes, people are generally hesitant to speak ill of the dead. On the other hand, dying doesn’t make you an instant hero, and by all honest accounts, Jeff definitely wasn’t. I’m of the opinion that we should say the truth.” truth about people, living or dead, for better or worse. I’m that dumb.
The note sparked outrage from readers and Twitter users, prompting a response from the Nevada Independent on Wednesday.
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The response described Thompson’s published comments as “insensitive” and said they were “trivializing” other members of the media mourning the passing of a colleague, friend and mentor.
Additionally, the response said the company was “saddened” and “embarrassed” by Thompson’s words, noting that they did not reflect “The Daily Indy” brand.
“As a staff, we want to apologize for the damage you caused,” the message read.
Nevada Independent CEO Jon Ralston also weighed in on the controversy by pledging his support for staff who are “not afraid” to make their voices heard.
“I support them 100%. This is an unfortunate situation. I have nothing but sympathy for Jeff’s family and teammates, as I have said. This is an all for one and one for all moment,” he said on Twitter.
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In a follow-up tweet, Ralston called Thompson a “tremendous leader” of the Nevada Independent newsroom.
“She’s a good and caring person who made a mistake. I’m sure she’ll have her say, but I guarantee she feels terrible about what she did. We support her, but we also understand why people are upset. Go ahead!” said. additional.
German, a longtime reporter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, was found dead outside his home with multiple stab wounds on Sept. 2.
A month later, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) announced the arrest of Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles in connection with the murder.
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Telles was elected on January 1, 2019, and then lost the Democratic Party primary in June, after German wrote stories accusing Telles of having an affair with a married subordinate and managing a toxic work environment. German was working on follow-up reports when he was killed.
Telles is currently being held without bond and steps have been taken to remove him from his county position.
Audrey Conklin of Fox News contributed to this report.
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