by Max Brantley
Sherman Frederick isn't a household name in Arkansas, but he's an important one. He's the publisher of the Las Vegas Review Journal, the crown jewel in the far-flung media properties -- including newspapers in Arkansas -- controlled by Little Rock financier Warren Stephens. Frederick is president of Stephens Media.
Frederick got a pasting from Media Matters recently for columns attacking President Obama, Sen. Harry Reid, health legislation and others (global warming, for example). Research concluded he'd played loose with the facts. (Frederick's columns are linked from the arkansasnews.com website operated by Stephens Media.)
The research prompted more remarks -- pro and con -- about Frederick. Local angle:
Asked for his view, Stephens Inc. President Warren Stephens defended Frederick, stating: "I think he is doing quite well. All reporters make mistakes."