Here’s an interesting tidbit for those in need of a reminder of who in the news business is the real deal and who’s the pretender in Las Vegas.
On Tuesday, the Las Vegas Sun carried an "exclusive" on its Web site, with detailed insider quotes, that the "Crazy Girls" show was closing at the Riviera. The Review-Journal’s Norm Clarke, however, reported that it was "La Cage" that was closing. Norm phoned in the story and in the process of the phone dictation the name of one of the soon-to-be-displaced drag stars was misheard by the typist as "Jimmy Henderson" instead of "Jimmy Emerson." That kind of thing happens when reporting breaking news, especially when you do it the old fashioned way of phoning it to "rewrite". We of course corrected Jimmy’s last name as soon as it was discovered.
But here’s the kicker. The Sun subsequently published a mea culpa saying they had "made an honest mistake" in reporting that "Crazy Girls" was closing, instead of "La Cage". In the correction, the Sun said that as a consequence one of the drag stars in the cast now out of work was … drum-roll, please … "Jimmy Henderson".
And now, best beloved, you know how the Sun gets its stories.