Rogers to Mining Association: 'We don't succumb to blackmail'

The following is a statement from KSNV Station Owner Jim Rogers

Last week Channel 3 ran a four part investigative series on taxes paid by international companies for the billions of dollars of gold and other precision metals taken out of Nevada.

These mining companies and their lobbyists are upset about the series of news reports and therefore, the Nevada Mining Association cancelled several thousand dollars of advertising on Channel 3.

Let me comment on their actions.

We stand by the accuracy of these reports.

The Nevada Mining Association is certainly free to buy advertising wherever it wants.

But if the mining association was hoping to influence Channel 3's coverage by bullying us, it didn't work and never will. These are the tactics of an industry that uses 1950's bullying to get its way. Those tactics would never have worked against us and never will.

Nevada legislators too often have backed down on legislation that would have made the mining industry pay the true value to the state of Nevada for what it takes from the state.

The bullying may get the association the results it wants from the legislature but the bullying will never stop us from reporting the truth.

We don't succumb to blackmail.

Mining Investigation Part 1: Critics want mining industry to pay fair share of taxes
Mining Investigation Part 2: Mining industry says companies contribute greatly to Nevada
Mining Investigation Part 3: Lobbyists work hard in capital to deliver mining's message
Mining Investigation Part 4: Legislators pledge fairness while accepting mining's dollars

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