Is Las Vegas Review Journal Columnist John L. Smith’s Time Coming to an End?

John-L-Smith-bankruptcy-arrestedI read an item with interest the other day on the poitical Web site Politico titled, Sheldon Adelson Tightens Grip on Review-Journal.

The thrust of it, at least as far as I’m concerned, was that apparently a list has been developed that contains the names of a half-dozen or so journalists who “may be targeted for departure” because they “rubbed Adelson the wrong way.”

That jives with what I’ve heard as well, and I can’t help wondering if one of the names on that list is columnist John L. Smith.

For a little quick background, you might remember that billionaire Sheldon Adelson bought the Las Vegas Review Journal, where Smith is employed, late last year. Adelson and Smith have a somewhat strained history. Adelson sued Smith into bankruptcy in a $15 million libel suit about falsehoods Smith wrote about him in a book published several years ago.

With Adelson taking over ownership of the LVRJ, speculation immediately began about the kind of changes that Adelson would make at the newspaper. My take on it was that Smith would be one of the ones on the short list to get booted out the door. I’ll reference an article I wrote, titled “Top 10 Awkward Moments for Las Vegas Review Journal Columnist John L. Smith“. In that item, I wrote that the No. 1 most awkward moment for Smith was the following:

1. Finding out that the person who slapped him with a $15 million libel suit and one of the richest men in the world, Sheldon Adelson, just bought the newspaper where he works! Tick, tick, tick, Mr. Smith. How long do you figure you have to continue to be gainfully employed at the LVRJ knowing that your new boss once sued you into bankruptcy?!?! For LIBEL!!!! Not a comfortable position for a newspaperman like yourself to be in.”

A while back, I also wrote a post about hoping that John L. Smith never had to look for another job, because the way his real resume might read might come across as not so professional — John L Smith, Here’s Steve Barket’s Wish: That You Can Always Keep Your Job at the LVRJ! … LOL! And if a future employer ever Googled him and came across this blog — well, let’s just say it might give them pause in the hiring process. (Give it a try — Google John L. Smith’s name, or John L. Smith and Las Vegas Review Journal and see how high this blog ranks in the results.)

So we’ll wait to see how this all plays out. You already have my opinion about how this is going to go for Smith.

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The New York Times had Questions About My JohnLSmithLibel.com Website

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A little while ago, I was contacted by a New York Times reporter named Ravi (who I assume is their writer Ravi Somaiya) who said he was putting together a story about Sheldon Adelson’s recent purchase of the Las Vegas Review Journal; one of the LVRJ’s columnists, John L. Smith; and me and my website, johnlsmithlibel.com.

The working storyline of the article, as outlined above, was that I must have been paid by Sheldon Adelson, the newspaper, or the Sands — which Adelson owns and makes his fortune from by running — to write and publish my blog, which is none too kind towards LVRJ columnist John L. Smith. I will repeat what I’ve written about previously on this website and summarize by saying that in my opinion, John L. Smith is a lowlife scumbag who mistakenly believes he’s above everybody else, who follows the money that will line his own pocket. He somehow appeared at a trial I was testifying at — — and proceeded to write five factually incorrect columns about me relating to the trial that were full of untruths, half truths and omitted truths (I like to call them “lies” but I’m being polite here today) and twisted my testimony into something that it wasn’t. He did no due diligence and only wrote what was fed to him.

In my humble opinion, John L. Smith was just one part of the conspiracy of intimidation that came from the defendant’s side of the courtroom, which was being run by attorney Tom Pitaro, Amy Chellini and cohorts. During this trial, at the same time Smith was trying to intimidate me by writing defamatory columns about me, Pitaro and another of his cronies, ex-Metro cop and civilian private investigator Tom Dillard (T. D. Dillard who cost the people of Clark county millions of dollars in legal fees and cash pay outs), continued their strategy of intimidation by showing up at my young son’s private elementary school to “surveil” him. Are you kidding me?!? In a great twist of irony, John L. Smith now works for Adelson, the very billionaire who sued him for $15 million for a libelous writeup about him in a book Smith wrote some years ago called “Sharks in the Desert.” Several years later, Adelson dropped the libel case and the court dismissed it with prejudice. Still, Smith had filed for bankruptcy, which went forward. And all that was going on at a time when Smith’s own daughter was undergoing cancer treatment. As I’ve mentioned previously, that’s a terrible thing that no child and no parent should ever have to deal with. However, when he had the means (accounts with a total of more than $200,000 in them), Smith didn’t foot the bill for his daughter’s cancer treatment. He opted to have her go to the Ronald McDonald House charity, which exists to help support people with little or no means with housing while the child is undergoing cancer treatment. And they don’t turn away anyone. But here’s the kicker. When John L. Smith, “The Untruthful Reporter” as I call him, filed for bankruptcy, we see that he stiffed the very people who treated his daughter for cancer – just outright didn’t pay them.

I always wonder how much longer, given all this history between Adelson and Smith, “The Untruthful Reporter” will be able to hang on at the newspaper. So the short answer for me to the reporter is that, no, I’ve never been paid a dime by anyone to do anything related to the website. I do that of my own free will and as a public service and an exercise in the First Ammendment, so that the citizens of Las Vegas can be fully informed about who is writing commentary pieces for their consumption to try to influence public opinion and what the facts are behind the facade. It is my pleasure to offer all that up without compensation of any kind.

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John L. Smith, Are You Able to Prove Your Doubters Wrong? In My Opinion — I Doubt It!

John-L-Smith---Arrested-and-BankruptcyIn a column John L. Smith wrote a little while ago, it’s interesting to note that he called out new Las Vegas Journal Review ​(LVRJ) ​owner, Sheldon Adelson, by challenging him to “prove doubters wrong.”

And who are those doubters and why would they be doubting? As far as I can tell, it’s John L. Smith and his cohorts at the LVRJ — and others in the media. They’re wringing their hands that a man like Adelson, who leans more conservative than liberal, would ​use his influence as a newspaper owner in the political arena! And in this, a pivotal presidential election year!

Here’s what Smith writes: “Perhaps the approaching backstretch of the 2016 presidential election, in which Adelson plays such a large role as a Republican Party mega-donor, is merely coincidence. But he wouldn’t be the first wealthy businessman to buy a newspaper and play press baron, and his family already owns the right-wing daily Israel Hayom.”

Well, at least at this writing, it looks like Donald Trump (who is self-funding his presidential candidacy​, by the way — an important point to note​) is the odds-on favorite to win the Republican nomination, barring a major upheaval in the winner-take-all primaries coming up on March 15. So I’m not sure just how much of an impact Sheldon Adelson will have or how much he would have to insert himself into the process here in Las Vegas, Nevada. So far, it looks like not much if at all.

But the real reason, JLS write​s​, that he is scratching his head over Adelson is because, “His disdain for the working press and its prickly processes is palpable — and easily illustrated by his well-known litigiousness.”

Ahhh … there we are. Smith remains angry over being “forced to declare bankruptcy” as he puts it, after being sued by Adelson for $15 million over a book Smith published years ago, which has been written about in this blog. ​Adelson actually gave Smith an out to avoid the $15 million suit, but Smith opted not to take it. Smith doesn’t mention that. Convenient omission of facts.

And he further tacks on proof of that ​litigiousness ​by bringing up the “Adelson litigation involving Macau gaming reporter Kate O’Keeffe of The Wall Street Journal. She’s being sued personally — not her powerhouse newspaper — in a Hong Kong court for calling [Adelson] a ‘scrappy, foul-mouthed billionaire from working-class Dorchester’ in an article.”

So Smith really does have disdain for Adelson for the disdain he supposedly has regarding the press​​.​ ​

I’d like to flip the tables here and ask Smith if he can be the bigger man.

Smith made a mistake and paid for it in a big way. If you’re going to take on a guy with the wealth of Sheldon Adelson and write factually incorrect information about him, you’d have to expect ​being sued into oblivion​ comes with the territory. The facts of the case are what they are. Smith may whine and complain about the amount of the suit. But that doesn’t change the facts of the suit. And isn’t it an ironic twist that Smith, an LVRJ columnist, ​suddenly finds himself working for Adelson, now the owner of ​that newspaper.

John L. Smith, you may not find it a surprise that I’m one of your biggest doubters. Why? because you wrote factually incorrect information about me, just as you did Sheldon Adelson​​. And knowing the shoddy work you did related to me and Adelson, I’m wondering just how many other people and topics you have written about and written off while getting substantial facts wrong or conveniently omitting facts.

You’re not only a columnist, JLS, you’re a newspaperman. And a newspaperman’s stock in trade is credibility. In my eyes, you’re incredible — and by that I mean in the true sense of the word, not credible. You have an owner who may also view you as being incredible — again, meaning not credible. And if the owner of the newspaper at which you work does not believe in your credibility, how much time do you actually think you have left to work there? The way I see it, I’m kind of surprised you’re still around.

So let’s see if you can prove your doubters wrong, John L. Smith, and write the truth, write the facts, and not skew ​the facts or omit the facts to suit your particular point of view. That would be a good start.

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John L. Smith and Tom Dillard: Dumb and Dumber

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After thinking about this a little bit, what we have with Tom Dillard ex-metro cop and John L. Smith is a clear-cut case of “dumb and dumber.”

Investigator and former Metro cop Tom Dillard and his cohort in the press, John L. Smith of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, in my opinion, conspired to try to intimidate and/or embarrass me years ago during a FBI case and investigation.

And how do you do that? Well, one way is to work the media — in this case, a person I call the untruthful reporter, John L. Smith. So if you’re Dillard, and you’re feeding false and incomplete information to a media representative who is writing about this case, you can be pretty effective if you can convince that person to write derogatory items about me.

Dillard picked the wrong guy to “INTIMIDATE”. Through his shenanigans, Tom Dillard has cost the tax payers of Clark County, Nevada, millions of dollars. And he has inflicted mental anguish on countless people.

Well things have changed a lot since 2009. John L. Smith has been having a rough go of things (just check out the blog posts detailing all that on this website, johnlsmithlibel.com). Tom Dillard seems to have fallen by the wayside, too, as his office has been closed down with signs in the window that the property is for sale.

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Top 10 Awkward Moments for Las Vegas Review-Journal Columnist John L. Smith

Brought to you by our companion collaborator, “Awkward Family Photos,” (just kidding about that) here now are the Top 10 awkward moments for columnist John L. Smith of the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

10. Opting out of paying for his daughter’s cancer treatment. Smith’s daughter suffered from cancer years ago. And of course, that’s a terrible thing no child and no parent should ever have to deal with. However, we know that when he could, and when he had the means (accounts with a total of more than $200,000 in them), he didn’t foot the bill for his daughter’s cancer treatment. He opted to go to the Ronald McDonald House charity, which exists to help support people with little or no means with housing. And they don’t turn away anyone. But here’s the kicker. When John “The Con” L. Smith filed for bankruptcy, we see that he stiffed the very people who treated his daughter for cancer – just outright didn’t pay them.

9. John L. Smith’s LVRJ column about Michael McDonald and Miracle Flights for Kids. It’s interesting that John L. Smith took Michael McDonald to task for having “personally benefitted” from a loan McDonald helped arrange from a children’s charity (Miracle Flights for Kids) while serving on the board of Med Lien Management — the organization that would receive the $2.2. million loan, according to Smith’s reporting. And afterwards, according to that reporting, McDonald received a $140,000 shareholder loan. Kind of ironic, isn’t it, that Smith, who used a charity for underprivileged families and who filed bankruptcy to avoid dealing with a huge libel case and his own daughter’s cancer care, would call out a guy like McDonald in his column for doing what he did.

8. The five articles he wrote on me, Steve Barket.
I’m certain that those articles were inspired by a certain lawyer who was trying to win a case and was trying to trash my reputation by feeding inaccuracies and untruthful information to John L. Smith, who wrote about what in the grand scheme of things was really a nothing case.

John-L-Smith-DUI-guy-top-10-awkward-moments-4007. His DUI arrest. JLS was pulled over and cited for DUI back in early 2011. He pleaded “no contest” on Feb. 24, 2011. And that arrest really became the impetus and inspiration for the creation of this blog, which I’ve used to shine a light into places that almost never have a light shined on them and exposed to public scrutiny. I think Mr. Smith now has a feeling about how HIS hit jobs in the newspaper have affected regular citizens trying to do an honest day’s work. Like me.

6. His divorce. Not too long after his DUI, John Lyle Smith and his wife Patricia Goldberg Smith (also know as Pamela Goldberg) filed a divorce proceeding on April 29, 2011. Prior to that, I had been in possession of information that I declined to print, which included alleged stories of Smith’s excessive drinking and womanizing. But I chose the high road and declined to accept the pictures or print anything about that. The photos had been taken in the parking lot of the Coffee Pub off of Sahara Ave. in Las Vegas, Nevada. Given the divorce filing, which came sort of out of the blue, I understand a little better what that backstory is all about.

5. John L. Smith’s alleged ex-girlfriend talks. In an email to me, a woman claiming to be Smith’s ex-girlfriend tells me that Smith is, “an unscrupulous liar and cheat and one day will get all the payback he deserves.” (Is that possibly coming soon with the Adelson family purchase of the Las Vegas Review-Journal?) The email writer also said, as I also have been saying for quite a while, that Smith is NOT the man of the year he seems to be purporting to be. There was quite a bit of detail in the email regarding personal information related to Smith, which supported this woman’s claim of being an ex-girlfriend.

4. John L. Smith breaks his leg. Seemingly in response to the bad karma that the supposed ex-girlfriend said would come his way, Smith sustains a broken leg – multiple fractures, according to her. As they often say, “karma’s a bitch.”

3. The $15 million libel suit Sheldon Adelson brought against him. JLS wrote a book published by Barricade Books in 2005 entitled, “Sharks in the Desert: The Founding Fathers and Current Kings of Las Vegas.” Adelson was a topic of discussion in the book. Adelson is one of the wealthiest men on the planet, worth billions. What Smith wrote about Adelson in the book was not truthful. Adelson didn’t like that. So he sued Smith and the book publisher for libel to the tune of $15 million. And it wasn’t about the money for Adelson. It was about Adelson wanting to set the record straight.

2. John L. Smith’s bankruptcy. As a result of that $15 million lawsuit, Smith declared bankruptcy. With the bankruptcy filings, we see the assets Smith had, as well as who he owed money to and ultimately stiffed.

And the number one awkward moment for Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist John L. Smith:

1. Finding out that the person who slapped him with a $15 million libel suit and one of the richest men in the world, Sheldon Adelson, just bought the newspaper where he works! Tick, tick, tick, Mr. Smith. How long do you figure you have to continue to be gainfully employed at the LVRJ knowing that your new boss once sued you into bankruptcy?!?! For LIBEL!!!! Not a comfortable position for a newspaperman like yourself to be in.

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John L. Smith Overlooks His Own IRA and Non-Payment of Medical Care, Both Charitable and Otherwise, While Calling Out Michael McDonald’s Role in Charitable Financial Maneuverings — As We’ve Noted Before, This is John “The Con” L. Smith

I read an interesting column today by John L. Smith in the LVRJ: Michael McDonald’s loan role looking more clear

I find it interesting because we’ve been down this road before, John and I. You’d think he would have learned by now.

Years ago, John’s daughter was fighting cancer. That’s tough. I wouldn’t wish having to deal with that on anybody. But John had a pretty decent net worth —more than $200,000 saved in retirement funds, some pricey real estate and a salary in the six figures. Not bad.

But instead of using those assets to pay for his daughter’s care, he ran to a charity designed to support really underprivileged families and their children fighting cancer and other life-threatening illnesses who had little to no money or assets. And when Smith got hit with a $15 million libel suit for publishing defamatory information about billionaire Sheldon Adelson in a book, he filed bankruptcy. And of the medical bills he actually owed related to his daughter’s cancer care, he stiffed them — didn’t pay.

So it’s interesting that John L. Smith is taking Michael McDonald to task for having “personally  benefitted” from a loan McDonald helped arrange from a children’s charity (Miracle Flights for Kids) while serving on the board of Med Lien Management — the organization that would receive the $2.2. million loan, according to Smith’s reporting. And afterwards, according to that reporting, McDonald received a $140,000 shareholder loan. By the way, Med Lien Management defaulted on repaying that loan, apparently still owing all of the principal as well as some interest.

Kind of ironic, isn’t it, that Smith, who used a charity for underprivileged families and who filed bankruptcy to avoid dealing with a huge libel case and his own daughter’s cancer care, would call out a guy like McDonald in his column for doing what he did.

It’s a tough act, to act all righteous about something like this, when you, yourself have benefitted from your own financial manipulation and charitable arrangements.

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New LVRJ Owners Aware of John L. Smith’s Checkered Past?

Well this is an interesting item:
Las Vegas Review-Journal parent company sold

Hmmm … I’m wondering if the CEO of New Media Investment Group Inc. knows about the shenanigans one of his “award-winning” and supposed top columnists, John L. Smith, has been up to?

The new group running the LVRJ and other newspapers around the country professes to have, to quote the AP story linked above, “… a strong community focus, solid readership base and stable advertisers …”.

If, Mr. Michael E. Reed, CEO of the group, you profess to have a strong community focus and stable advertisers, how do you justify hanging onto a guy like John L. Smith at the LVRJ? Have you had a look at the factual information brought to light about John L. Smith? Have you had a chance to check out all the documentation on this website about the $15 million libel suit brought against him, the DUI, the bankruptcy, and other various and sundry items?

Are you looking to take any sort of “realignment” measures (which always seems to happen in the aftermath of transactions like this) that might involve a certain LVRJ columnist known as John L. Smith? Who I’ve publicly branded as my DUI Guy?

How can you look past the moral turpitude quotient of a guy like this?

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Truth or Lies: A Tale of Two “Journalists” – John L. Smith & Brian Williams

johnlsmithlasvegasduiguyThe reminders and parallels are everywhere you look. Take, for example, the recent incident of Brian Williams and the tale he’s been telling about his helicopter getting hit by a rocket-propelled grenade in Iraq in 2003. Except that it never happened. It wasn’t true. His helicopter never was in danger and was 30-minutes behind the helicopter that actually got hit. How do you “conflate” a story like that. (BTW, just to be clear, the definition of conflate is to combine two or more things – ideas, stories, events, etc. – into one.) But how do you conflate something when one of the things actually never happened? Anyway, moving on …

So what’s the parallel here? Integrity.

It’s all about representing the truth and earning the trust of citizens and the credibility as to who you are and the veracity of your stories. It’s stock-in-trade for journalists. If they misrepresent, if they “mis-remember,” if they report on something that actually never happened, they lose credibility, they lose everything.

Brian Williams lost credibility in a pretty big way by telling this tall tale of a harrowing experience of nearly being shot down, which actually never happened. John L. Smith lost credibility in a pretty big way by losing a $15 million libel suit after writing a book that included details about billionaire Sheldon Adelson that just weren’t true. And Adelson didn’t like that. So he sued Smith and the book publisher for libel. $15 million in libel. Enough to get a lot of people’s attention.

But while Williams is now off he air for a minimum of six months, suspended for his errors in fact, John L. Smith writes on and on and on. Watch how the Williams thing goes; already we’re seeing more tall tales from him bubbling up. Prediction: he’ll be gone the full 6 months and then some, and won’t return in the same role he had. In fact, I can’t imagine a scenario where he comes back to be the nightly voice of the NBC Nightly News. He’ll be a special reports or special projects guy, a diminished role for sure.

For those old enough to remember, imagine this kind of a story being pinned on the venerable Walter Cronkite over at CBS. He was a mainstay of millions of people’s evenings. The nation drew and exhaled its collective breath on the news he reported nightly. He was there to convey the terrible, tragic news about President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. There was no more respected face in journalism. Imagine him trying to cover his tracks over a story such as Brian Williams is trying to squirm away from. It would have been unthinkable.

How low have our standards gotten? Journalism used to be a respected profession. When you’re a “journalist” like John L. Smith claims to be, and you’re given a public pulpit to write commentary on a regular, frequent basis; and if you got convicted of a DUI, if you lost a $15 million libel suit, if you’ve been exposed for the kinds of shenanigans that have gone on in Smith’s life (just scroll through other posts in this blog to see what I’m talking about) you’d have been bounced on your butt out the door and had it slammed behind you.

Not so much anymore, right? Why does John L. Smith get the public platform he gets, influencing readers as he does by being given that opportunity to write opinion pieces? Why is he allowed to continue in his role? Shouldn’t he at least been suspended from his job for six months? Shouldn’t his editors have questioned whether or not a guy like him should be representing the newspaper? Shouldn’t the public be more aware of what’s gone on while he’s been in this highly influential role?

Just my opinion. But I’m betting a lot of others would whole-heartedly agree.

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You Just Can’t Keep Bad Karma Down

Just like a good man, seems like you can’t keep karma down.

Karma comes in two kinds, good and bad. Wikipedia has a good summary about karma, and calls it “principle of causality where intent and actions of an individual influence the future of that individual.”

So good karma naturally follows you, just as bad karma can. Now karma, as it relates to our friend, John L. Smith, subject of this blog site, hasn’t been too good to him lately. We’ve heard from someone who alleges to be his former girlfriend; she’s given some detail and knows about his personal life pretty well and seems to be a reliable witness to his daily life and activities. This former girl friend has sent a couple of emails to me about the Las Vegas Review Journal columnist that definitely follow the “karma’s a bitch” school of thought.

I’ll quote ex-girlfriend, who wrote in one of her emails that John L. Smith is “an unscrupulous liar and cheat and one day will get all the payback he deserves.”

Wow. The ex went on to say that our columnist would complain about this blog and what I’ve been writing about him – the truth that I’ve been uncovering and exposing. Guess it makes him a tad uncomfortable to reveal some of the details that I have within this blog. There’s some juicy stuff in here. The ex-girlfriend also said, as I have been for quite a while, that Smith is NOT the man of the year he seems to be purporting to be – you know, all-around great guy and buttoned-up reporter.

Well, it didn’t take long for that karma to come find our columnist. According to the ex-girlfriend, Smith has found a new girlfriend (apparently a source of friction with the old girlfriend … go figure) and allegedly had her move into his Mt. Charleston house. This was after the new girlfriend got kicked out of her house in Santa Fe, New Mexico, by her husband. Guess he didn’t like her foolin’ around with Smith (again, go figure!).

And not too long ago, the ex-girlfriend reports that during a visit to this new girlfriend’s mother’s house in Boulder City, Come to find out that Smith broke his leg, Rachel alleges … in several places.

So in John L. Smith’s case, seems that just like a bad man, you can’t keep karma down. “Stuff” happens, right? And in John L. Smith’s case, that bad karma may be continuing to evolve. Let’s see how that plays out in the coming months.

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LVRJ Columnist John L. Smith Wins Writing Award?

Well, this is interesting: Nevada Press Association Contest Winners.

It looks like my favorite columnist has won himself a third-place award under the category of “Best Local Columnist.”

I almost didn’t want to write about this; didn’t want to bring attention and notoriety to this. But my most recent post under the theme of transparency compels me to.

I’ll bet not one of the Nevada Press Association panelists judging these entries had any idea of the breadth of what I’ve unearthed about John L. Smith and brought to light about him on this blog.

As I mentioned on that blog post about transparency, I know this man’s work very well, because he’s written about me. He’s written a number of factually incorrect items about me. He’s also been sued for libel to the tune of $15 million. And again, just in case anyone’s not clear what libel is, here’s the dictionary definition: “a published false statement that is damaging to a person’s reputation; a written defamation.” Now John L. Smith will do what he can to deflect this lawsuit, to make it appear as if it’s just some billionaire bully out to get him. Well, here are the facts, briefly, around this case: John L. Smith wrote a book published by Barricade Books in 2005 entitled, “Sharks in the Desert: The Founding Fathers and Current Kings of Las Vegas.” Billionaire Sheldon Adelson, owner of The Venetian resort and one of the wealthiest men on the planet, worth billions, was a topic of discussion in that book. What Smith wrote about Adelson in the book was not truthful. And Adelson didn’t like that. So he sued Smith and the book publisher for libel.

Again, as I mentioned before, this raises a question: If Smith has written this kind of factually incorrect stuff about me that I KNOW is inaccurate, and if he has written factually incorrect stuff about billionaire Sheldon Adelson and been sued to the tune of $15 million, what other errors in fact are out there under his byline? What else has he gotten wrong? How can you trust him? How can you trust his credibility? How can the panelists judging this contest award his writing at any level given his history? And these are just a couple things I’m mentioning. Spend some time reading through the entries on this blog to get the full picture.

Do I have an axe to grind? You bet I do! It’s time folks in the Las Vegas area woke up to who this guy really is.

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Transparency: The Reason for this Blog

I’d like to talk about the purpose of this Website.

It really boils down to one thing: transparency.

I think it’s important for people to know about people in the public eye who have potential to have – and actually DO have – influence over the public’s thinking and perception of things in general. I’m a professional blogger; I think it’s important to shine a light where light very often doesn’t get shined.

Take for example Las Vegas Review Journal (LVRJ) columnist John L Smith. I know this man’s work very well. He has written several factually incorrect pieces in the Review Journal about me. So that begs the question: If he’s written this kind of factually incorrect stuff about me that I KNOW is inaccurate, and had it published in the newspaper, what else has he gotten wrong? What other errors or omissions has he published under his byline that have influenced the beliefs and actions of the citizens of the Las Vegas area – and beyond, now with the reach of the Internet. How can you trust him? How can you trust his credibility? I know I certainly can’t.

Anyone walking the streets of the Las Vegas area and grabbing a daily newspaper, opening up to John L Smith’s column and reading it would think, “Oh, that’s interesting.”

But anyone who reads what John L Smith writes should look through the posts on this Website to get the complete picture. That’s when it really gets interesting.

As outward appearances go, John L Smith looks like a long-time, up-and-up, successful columnist. But after a little digging and after following some other tips coming from comments posted by my readers, a whole different story emerges.

For example, would it matter to you, the reader, that John L Smith has been hit with a $15 million libel suit, and as a result had to run to bankruptcy court for protection? Now you know what libel is, right? I’ll give you the straight up dictionary definition: “a published false statement that is damaging to a person’s reputation; a written defamation.” Would it also matter to you that he has a DUI arrest and pleaded no contest several years back? Driving dunk. Is that OK in anybody’s book? A reporter’s or columnist’s stock in trade is their credibility – their trustworthiness. At the end of the day, facts are facts: John L Smith is a libelous, bankrupt and disingenuous person with his own personal agenda.

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John “The Con” L. Smith – All Show, No Go …
And Derelict in My Opinion

So here’s a major problem I have with the kind of guy John L. Smith is: On the one hand, he makes these grand gestures, obviously heart felt and personal, by supporting these “St. Baldrick’s Foundation” events for kids who suffer from cancer. The foundation raises money that goes to cancer treatment by holding head-shaving events throughout the country. Smith’s own daughter suffered from cancer years ago. And of course, that’s a terrible thing no child and no parent should ever have to deal with. However, on the other hand, we know that when he could, and when he had the means, he didn’t foot the bill for his daughter’s cancer treatment. And he opted to utilize the Ronald McDonald House charity, which exists to help support people with little or no means with housing. And they don’t turn away anyone.

Here’s the kicker, though. When John “The Con” filed for bankruptcy, we see that he stiffed the very people who treated his daughter for cancer – just outright didn’t pay them.

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Check out just a few examples illustrated in this post (see above – click on it to see a larger file size). There’s an unpaid bill for $188 from Arizona Oncology Services. There’s another one for $20 from the AZ Pediatric Hematology/Oncology group. And one from the same group for $124.32. And another one from the Banner Desert Medical Center for $505.64; and another one from them for $682.37.

Now John “The Con” L. Smith wasn’t exactly hurting at the time, financially. He had saved almost $206,000; he owned some pricey real estate and at the same time was making a salary somewhere in the low six figures.

Why? Why not pay those bills? We’re talking about $1300 or so in these examples. Subtract that from the nearly $206,000 he had saved, and if you’re John “The Con” L. Smith, you’re still looking at being able to hold onto more than $204,000.

What am I missing? What sort of logic am I not seeing?

As I mentioned in an earlier post, my significant other and I have donated more money to the Ronald McDonald House over the years than Smith has spent there for his own daughter’s cancer treatment. I find that just incredibly sad. And I find that it speaks volumes about the kind of man John “The Con” L. Smith is.

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John L. Smith, The theme today is “Acceptance of Responsiblility”, The Opinion of Steve Barket

By Steve Barket Las Vegas Nevada, August 21, 2013

The Theme Here is “Acceptance of Responsibility”

Let’s see how this plays out with John L. Smith.

(alleged actions by Smith)

I’m going to tell you a story about Smith, a libel suit, cancer treatment, divorce, and how it all ties together.

John L. Smith, the opinionist at the Las Vegas Review Journal, wrote a book published by Barricade Books in 2005 entitled, “Sharks in the Desert: The Founding Fathers and Current Kings of Las Vegas.”

Sheldon Adelson was a topic of discussion in the book. Adelson is the owner of The Venetian resort and one of the wealthiest men on the planet, worth billions. What Smith  wrote about Adelson in the book was not truthful. Adelson didn’t like that. So he sued Smith and the book publisher for libel. His suit against Smith was for $15 million. And it wasn’t about the money.

This all happened during a time when Smith’s 8-year-old daughter was undergoing treatment for life-threatening cancer. Kind of a sad story so far, isn’t it? But there’s more.

And remember our theme here: acceptance of responsibility. Throughout this story, we have at its core a man who refuses to accept responsibility for his own actions.

Now, Smith is not Adelson by any stretch when it comes to financial resources. However, Smith was not without means. He had put away a nest egg of more than $200,000; he had well-valued real estate on Mt. Charleston, Sandy Valley and Goldfield; and a salary in the low six figures — somewhere in the $150,000 range. Not too bad, right? Again, not Adelson, but not too bad.

So with his daughter ill and facing a $15 million libel suit, what’s a guy to do? Well, you reject a $1 settlement and admission of guilt, which is the deal Smith was offered by Adelson. One dollar and an acceptance of responsibility. And Smith rejected it.

Smith could have been free and clear  of the $15 million libel suit hanging over his head if he had just simply accepted responsibility. He could have used his accumulated wealth to help take care of his daughter. But he didn’t do that.

I know what it’s like to deal with a child’s illness. I had a child who was very sick for a long time, and who needed very expensive medical treatments and medicine. I sacrificed everything to pay for it. I lost my house, my car, I had to move in with my mother in law … I did what it took to get that treatment. I didn’t look for a freebie to try to save my money.

I guess Smith and I are different. Very different. I accepted the responsibility as a father to spare no expense, including the loss of most of my possessions, to make sure my son got well. Smith, well … there’s that responsibility thing again. Or the lack thereof.

Now comes the divorce. After all this transpires, Smith’s wife files for divorce from him. And what does he do? Now he dips into his nest egg of more than $200,000 to pay for the divorce.

Does this guy know how to work the system, or what?

Just Google: also L.O.L the corrections “clarification on 10/13/07, more excuses !

John L. Smith / October 12, 2007 / Columnist pursues bankruptcy protection

Responsibility, John L. Smith. You might try it sometime.

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The LVRJ’s John L. Smith vs. Kenny “Clutch” Cherry Jr. – In My Opinion by Steve Barket Las Vegas Nevada

Steven Barket Las Vegas, Nevada 8-21-2013

In My Opinion

I read an article by John L. Smith about Kenny “Clutch Cherry Jr.”, It made me think ?

      John L Smith Las Vegas NV arrestedJohn L Smith Las Vegas vs Kenny 'Clutch" Cherry Jr.

 

Similarities? Differences? More similarities than differences, I’m afraid.

The LVRJ’s John L. Smith: Arrogant, above the law, classic narcissistic tendencies. He is, after all, a writer – and a writer of opinion – as if his opinion is valued above others.

Kenny “Clutch” Cherry Jr.: Arrogant, above the law, classic narcissistic tendencies. He was, after all, a pimp – until his lifestyle and his life came to an end in a fiery crash in Las Vegas after being shot while driving a leased Maserati.

Smith got in trouble when he wrote factually incorrect information in a book about billionaire Sheldon Adelson and Adelson decided to sue Smith for $15 million. That hurts. Things went quickly downhill from there for Smith. As a result of the lawsuit, and to cover other debts he says he incurred while taking care of his cancer-stricken daughter, Smith filed for bankruptcy.

Cherry got in trouble in a number of ways in his role as a pimp. According to an affidavit filed by a former girlfriend and the mother of one of his three children, one day a couple years ago at the apartment they shared, Cherry beat and kicked her into the hall and locked her out of the apartment. He did this because his former girlfriend and the mother of one of his children dared to question handing over to Cherry her entire take each day – set by Cherry to be a minimum of $1500 – after “meeting” with “clients.”

Things were always on the brink of going downhill quickly for Cherry. That’s the life of a pimp. Things really went downhill in a very bad way for him that day on the Las Vegas strip after an argument he had ended up with Cherry being pursued by a man in a black Range Rover who shot repeatedly at Cherry, mortally wounding him. Cherry crashed into a taxi, which erupted into flames, killing the driver and his passenger. Cherry also  died.

There are a lot more details to both stories, and each has its share of complexities, but here’s the take-away: Both Smith and Cherry exhibited this “can’t touch me” mentality and behavior. It led them both to act in an “invincible” way, which ultimately proved to be their undoing. It was their defiance and their lack of acceptance of wrongdoing.

Smith defiantly refused to accept a negotiated offer to pay a $1 restitution and apologize to Adelson. He paid for it by going bankrupt. Cherry defiantly refused to abandon the thug life he was living. He paid for it with his life.

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Dear John L. Smith the “critic” of all ! My opinion

Steven Barket posted June 14th 2013 Las Vegas Nevada

John L. Smith DUI guy at LVRJJohn L. Smith LVRJ

A critic is a professional who is communicating their opinions and assessments of various forms of creative work such as art, literature, music, cinema, theater, fashion, architecture and food.

But is John L. Smith a CRITIC or a Bankrupt DUI guy that is recently divorced ?Who was found to be guilty (libel) in a court of law that had to run to bankruptcy court as a safe haven….. that would be the John L. Smith I know.

 

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John L. Smith Las Vegas Nevada LVRJ…… 1,000,000 plus page views ! wow

I of all people know that page hit counters are a thing of the past, how ever this site has been up since August 2010, Almost 3 years this August it has received in excess of 1,000,000 million hits as a reminder of that I have installed a hit counter for all to see.

 

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Steve Barket Asks John L. Smith of the LVRJ: Are Deliberate Omissions the Same as Lies? In My Opinion, YES!

Dear John,

I’m challenging you to an open forum, whether it be a recorded phone call or meeting, to discuss why you print lies and omissions and not both sides of the story — in other words, I want to know why you simply print what you want, and not let the other guy defend himself. What you’re doing in your LVRJ columns is clearly defamation.

You wrote a story a while back. You referred to Ricardo Bonvicin, that North Las Vegas cop we have widely divergent opinions on, as a “true survivor.” Well, I call him a “true sociopath.”

It’ll really be a bad day for anyone the day Bonvicin, a North Las Vegas cop, gets involved in their life.

There’s a lot missing in your story, in my opinion. There are some things that you should have gone over with Bonvicin that you neglected to discuss with him. For example, why didn’t you ask him to explain his bankruptcy? And why didn’t you think to ask him how he payed for private detective Tom Dillard?

And why didn’t you ask him to explain his own words, which I have recorded, when he states the legal strategy he will pursue:
“Admit nothing. Deny everything. Make counter accusations.”

Those are the words of a cop — a North Las Vegas law enforcement officer. Ricardo Bonvicin.

It’s all in the court records, if you’d care to look. Maybe you should stop offering opinions on things like this that you obviously don’t do enough homework on.

I’ve been working on a complete website about Bonvicin, his life and lies. You’ll find it interesting reading. That is, of course, assuming you actually do some research about the subjects you’re writing on and gain some factual information.

But I won’t hold my breath on that.

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LVRJ’s John L Smith… Has to pay up by July 28th 2012, after ex-wife hauls him back to court !!

John L. Smith the award winning journalist, libel, bankrupt and DUI guy has to keep his word to the court and ex-wife.

After watching the court video from June 13th 2012 it was clear that John L. Smith thinks that it is more important to use his 401K to pay for his home on Mt. Charleston then it was to use those funds to pay his child’s medical bills in his past bankruptcy.

Smith seems to have retained  a lot of real-estate after his bankruptcy, two lots in Sandy Valley, one in Goldfield and his home on Mt. Charleston. According to court records Smiths 401K grew at least 50k since his last bankruptcy and his attorney said in court that he may use a combination of  “refinance and his 401k” to payoff his ex wife.

Wow John L. Smith will shave his head to help others but wont dip into his own 401K to pay for his child’s medical bills. The same 401K that he had access to in 2007 had  $205,850.00 according to his schedule C. now that has grown to over 250K. Instead of stiffing the doctors and other medical service’s Smith could have paid back at least some of his medical debt. My opinion John L. Smith is a deadbeat, who worked the system over.

 

 

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John Lyle Smith a suggestion from Steve Barket !

The first time I had ever noticed John L Smith, I was sitting on the witness stand in federal court. Smith had on a bow tie and reeked of arrogance. How did Smith end up in this courtroom?

Tom Dillard of course – I have been told by numerous people that Tom Dillard has John L. Smith’s cell number on  speed dial. I have even been told that Dillard brags about his “media” contacts.

Since I have been following John L. Smith and published this blog, Smith has made it easy to find things to write about him. A short list of the highlights:

  1. $15,000,000.00 Bankruptcy (he stiffed a lot of the doctors for medical bills after filling his IRA with over $200,000.00 dollars).
  2. Libel suits, Wynn, Adelson and others (one the many reasons for his bankruptcy)
  3. DUI Arrest, No contest Plea 2-24-2011
  4. Divorce proceedings 4-29-2011, not going well for  John L. Smith Motion for order to show cause (stick to the agreed order John)

My advice to one of my favorite Las Vegas Buffoons, perhaps you should  get  E & A insurance ? 

Ego and Arrogance Insurance !

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John L Smith : Divorce Register of Actions Clark County Nevada

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John L. Smith Divorce

As a result of an anonymous tip (with pictures) I first reported this information on August 5, 2010 about problems in John L Smith’s marriage with wife Patricia Goldberg Smith.

On August 5th 2010 I received information that I declined to print. It included alleged stories of excessive drinking and womanizing. I am a legitimate blogger with rights, I chose the high road and declined to accept  the pictures. They had been taken at and in the parking lot of the Coffee Pub  off of Sahara Ave in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Out of an abundance of caution, I declined to accept or publish the candid photos. As I could not verify the origin or authenticity of the pictures. I also could not confirm the identity of the female in the pictures.

Now, after two years of sitting on this information, it looks as though the information may have had some validity after all.

John Lyle Smith and his wife Patricia Goldberg Smith  (also know as Pamela Goldberg) filed a divorce proceeding on 4-29-2011.

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John L. Smith, Patricia A. Smith (Goldberg) Hit the Trifecta;
For Three Years in a Row, LIENS Have Been Filed …

Nothing shocks me about the bankrupt, libelous, DUI guy of Las Vegas – John L. Smith.

John Lyle Smith is the voice of the Las Vegas Review Journal (LVRJ), the Las Vegas good-old-boys, Tom Dillard and all the rest. Smith is a funny guy from time to time. And this time it’s my turn to laugh out loud.

You would think that Smith would learn to pay his TRASH BILL (Republic Services) on time. Three years in a row – 2008, 2009 and 2010 – a lien was filed against John L. Smith and wife Patrice A. Smith (Goldberg).

Before I go any further, who can John L. Smith possibly blame for this misfortune? One thing for sure, it is not his fault (and as we know, with him nothing ever is). Perhaps it was his allegedly cashed-strapped wife, or maybe it was because he had to put too much money into his IRA. I hope to find the answers one day. For now, here is what’s alleged in the Clark County records:

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Steven Barket Las Vegas, NV; Why do I Publish This Blog?

John L Smith has written several untruthful articles in the Las Vegas Review Journal (LVRJ) about me.

This blog is my side of the story.

John L Smith looks like a long-time, up-and-up, successful columnist. But after a little digging and a few leads coming from comments posted by my readers, a whole different story emerges.

John L Smith has been sued for libel and as a result had to run to bankruptcy court for protection. Driving dunk – is that OK in anybody’s book?

John L Smith’s many articles have been damaging to my reputation. Anyone who reads what John L Smith writes should look through the posts on my website to get the complete picture.

John L Smith has another agenda, that of supporting the Las Vegas good-old-boy network.

At the end of the day, facts are facts: John L Smith is a libelous, bankrupt and disingenuous person with his own personal agenda. I’m now labeling him as the New Las Vegas DUI guy!

What follows, what is published in this blog, is my opinion and is based on court records – not innuendo.

 

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John L. Smith – Three Key Words You Need to Learn:
Credibility, Credibility, Credibility

Just for clarification, I did a little research on the Internet, and look what I found (I know you’re John L Smith, award-winning journalist, but what the heck!):

So John, click on that “Journalistic credibility” definition above to go to a link you should read. I am not sure these guys are up to speed on your clout, colorful background, bankruptcy and DUI status, but WOW! You should read what they say:

Society of Professional Journalists SPJ Code of Ethics (Please don’t be upset with me and write additional less-than-complete or untruthful articles just because I pointed out what this small group of professional journalists say.)

Integrity is the cornerstone of a journalist’s credibility!

Just wondering about the recent DUI and those old libel cases … do they count?

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John L Smith, Here’s Steve Barket’s Wish:
That You Can Always Keep Your Job at the LVRJ! … LOL!

Dear John,

I hope you can always keep your job at the Las Vegas Review Journal (LVRJ).

I could only imagine how your resumé might read should you need to look for something new. Perhaps something like this:

John Lyle Smith,

More than 26 years on the job; had to file bankruptcy only once for libel. It’s because Sheldon Adelson and Stephen Wynn did not like my books.  Who do those guys think they are, anyway?!? Don’t forget: I am an award-wining  journalist!

My bankruptcy was just a little over $15,600,000.00 dollars. That’s $15.6 million. It’s just a number, but who’s counting, anyway?

Only one arrest for DUI – I got off with a slap on the wrist (got the same lawyer as that Maloof  guy … that’s way cool). Pleaded no contest, that’s got to be better than a straight-up conviction.

If you must know, I was in my favorite Nevada town of Pahrump at another awards banquet. If you ever get the chance to check out Pahrump, I have never been, but I’ve been told they have great brothels.

Sometimes I mix a little truth into my stories. Remember, I only had to file bankruptcy once for libel. It wasn’t that big of a deal at my last job. So when considering me for a new position, I hope you to can overlook it like the LVRJ did.

So don’t let my past be a deal-breaker. I can always move to Pahrump!

Yours Truly,

John L. Smith
The Bankrupt, Libelous, DUI Guy of Las Vegas

PS: Always thinking of you. Have a nice day!

Steve Barket

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Dear John L Smith (a k a the DUI Guy),
When Will You Ever Print the Truth About the Bonvicin Case?

I am wondering: When you wrote your last article, why was it like your others – so inaccurate?

 

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Now Taking Votes for My Favorite MUG SHOTS of John L. Smith

Mug Shot #1: The “OK-I-am-caught” look.

Or

John L Smith September 2010 MUG SHOT

Mug Shot #2: The “deer-in-the-headlights” look.

Comments are now open!!!!!

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Steve Barket’s New Phrase for John L. Smith’s Writing Style:
WUI – Writing Under the Influence …

John L Smith, I would like to coin a new phrase for your style of writing: WUI – Writing Under the Influence! (Not to be confused, Mr. Smith, with your recent DUI arrest.)

The influence I speak of this time is not alcohol-related, but that of the good-old-boy network, right  here in Las Vegas: Tom Dillard, Tom Pitaro, etc.

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John L. Smith and the True Survivor, Ricardo Bonivcin:
Steven Barket’s Response

John L Smith September 2010 MUG SHOT

Dear Mr. Smith:

You’ve been writing about me for more than three years now, and you never stop being a source of fun and entertainment in my life. I would like to coin a new phrase for your style of writing – WUI: Writing Under the Influence! (Not to be confused, Mr. Smith, with your recent DUI arrest.)

The influence I speak of this time is not alcohol-related, but that of the good-old-boy network, right here in Las Vegas: Tom Dillard, Tom Pitaro, etc. I would think that after all the years of your reporting, you could at least once write the story accurately. Regarding the FBI’s 302 (report of interviews) forms that you speak of – did you read them or just glance at them? Do you think Bonvicin gave money to my ex-wife out of the goodness of his heart? Or was he trying to buy her testimony?

As for my websites, it’s the only way I can deliver my side of the story. I tried to talk to you once and realized you only wanted to beat me up more; the truth in your life is an after-the-fact thing.  In my website about you, I deal in facts: court records showing DUI, LIBEL, BANKRUPTCY, etc.

My favorite day was when I woke up to your DUI arrest, then read about your bankruptcy and libel suits. That was more amusing than the stories you put in print about me.

Good luck with your DUI, and I look forward to seeing YOU in court as the defendant.  As for the estranged wife, we can all learn from that – even you!

The next time you speak to Bonvicin, the true survivor, ask him about Maha Messoud!!! Somehow, I’m sure that part of the story won’t end up in the LVRJ.

Have a nice day,

Steve Barket

P.S. – Check your spelling. Be has only one “E” not two. (Don’t take that too hard, though, I can’t spell either!)

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John L. Smith LVRJ Columnist Bankruptcy Update

Please see updated info on Las Vegas Review Journal columnist John Lyle Smith’s big bankruptcy ($15.6 million).

John L Smith September 2010 MUG SHOT

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