With all the work he supposedly has on his plate, The Union’s publisher keeps going around town, meeting with people and asking about Gloria Zane. The latest example, from George Rebane, is here.
UPDATE: Now Russ Steele has weighed in again, all in the same day. (For some context, bloggers Russ and George are listed as “business and community leaders” on assessor candidate’s Sue Horne’s list of endorsements. Is this leadership?)
As for the publisher’s mission, I find this highly hypocritical since theunion.com’s commenters are people named “redneck farmer,” “dirtmover” and the like, going around flaming people routinely. Unlike the bar at Cheer’s “nobody knows your name.” It’s a joke.
I also was most disturbed when the other “Jeff,” commenting on this blog, alleged that I was Gloria Zane. No, I sign my name on any blog or website. Always have, always will. From where I come from, divering attention from your own problems is called a “red herring.”
Though theunion.com’s policy doesn’t lead to much rationale debate, it drives traffic to the union.com, as it competes with yubanet.com and knco.com in “paid” media. BTW, yubanet.com has been gaining ground lately.
Now theunion.com is going a step further to “monetize” its reader comments: placing ads that resemble the form of the anonymous comments on theunion.com (with similar icons, no less) hoping that you’ll click on it. One reads: “How to stop joint pain.” Heck, at least the ad identifies itself.
One of the downsides of signing your real name, as people here including supervisor Nate Beason, Sierra Business Council President Steve Frisch, Julie Jordan of the Grass Valley Downtown Association, The Union reporter Liz Keller and almost 3,200 others have in the past year, is that you expose yourself to a “coffee klatch” with the publisher.
I know he’s met with other commenters here. Though I’ve heard some reports, I’d still like to be the “fly on the wall” and hear what he wants to say. Is he supporting this blog? Is he throwing it under the bus? Is he throwing former managers under the bus? Does Swift condone this?
This sounds almost “Richard Nixon-like” to me but whatever. Meanwhile, I’d like to invite “dirtmover” and “redneck farmer” to coffee anytime. If they show up, I’ll publish the dialogue here.
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