Bully for you, dear readers

After last Sunday’s column detailing the bullying behavior of U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, the outpouring of support for the Las Vegas Review-Journal has been nothing short of phenomenal.

As you will recall, Sen. Harry Reid told an employee of the newspaper that he hoped the Review-Journal went out of business. I called his cards on the bullying behavior, and good readers backed me up.

I received an estimated 3,500 e-mails, 99 percent of which were supportive. In addition, more than 5,200 people took the time to make written comments on the online version of the column. Several hundred people called. Many folks wrote snail-mail notes. One person said she posted the column by the office water cooler, read it out loud to co-workers … and received a standing ovation.

By the time you read this today, last week’s column will have been read by more than 1.5 million people between the Internet and the newspaper. At least twice that number will have heard it read on various national radio shows and television.

Readers, you humble me. This demonstrates a way in which a civil society can call out bad behavior. All that need be added is this: Thank you!

Sherman Frederick (sfrederick@ reviewjournal.com) is publisher of the Las Vegas Review-Journal and president of Stephens Media.

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