“I refuse to buy the Grass Valley Union” on Facebook

A page has been created on Facebook called “I refuse to buy the Grass Valley Union.”

It shows how social networking is being used for grassroots protests of all kinds.

The site appears to have been created to protest a column that ran in The Union on Oct. 20 “Heroin menace lurks within our midst” by the editor/publisher discussing a teenage girl who died in Penn Valley.

At the time, the column drew considerable criticism for being insensitive. “How could you do this to a family that is obviously in pain?” one reader wrote on The Union’s site.

Said another: “I’ve heard about this because of all the personal attacks on Jeff, even heard about a personal altercation at the office.”

With 103 fans the Facebook page reads, “I refuse to buy and support the Grass Valley Union newspaper. I do not support the actions of the editor and the offices of the Union’s parent company, Swift Communications.”

The last post is from January, and it describes an unsuccessful attempt to get an editorial about the situation presented on KNCO, KVMR or Yubanet. It credits Yubanet with showing compassion, however, while the others did not respond, according to the post.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

5 thoughts on ““I refuse to buy the Grass Valley Union” on Facebook”

  1. So, some mental midget who didn’t (can’t?) even properly name the object of its disdain started a Facebook page two months ago and one can count those who have joined in on the fingers of one hand. That’s quite the scoop there, Jeff! Would you have covered this oh-so-very-important story if it was not critical of The Union? Either way, I also ask, “Why?”

  2. Michael,
    This is not being posted as a “scoop.” Did you read the posts? The website appears to be from friends and maybe relatives of the family of a teenage girl who died and object to the discussion/portrayal of her death in the local paper. They appear to be struggling to get their story told in our local media. There are 104 of them — from our community. It’s a legitimate, serious issue, yet you are calling them “mental midgets”? How many hands can hold 104 fingers? Do you live in the community?

  3. Wow, what a name-caller collection, and in such rapid sequence! — from Raghead (Rebane) to Mentally Ill (Russell Steele) to Mental Midget (Michael R. Kresti). Keep showing your brilliance, angry fellas.

  4. I would suggest that the writer create a blog, and post the story there. If it’s local, I’ll add it to Nevada County Voices.

    (I didn’t see the story on that Facebook page, but I’m a Facebook amateur so might not have looked in the right place)

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