Union columnist seeks to discredit social media at the same time he lifts its content

“Bored Georgeman,” The Union’s weekly paid columnist, is joining The Union management is trying to discredit social media. But at the same time, he’s lifting its content and presenting it as if it was his own.

In “Bored’s” Monday column he lifts a post that appeared on this blog first. “If members of the Nevada County Tea Party are going to promote the Constitution to school kids, they should at least learn how to spell the word…,” he writes lifting an item that appeared here back on July 27 — but without providing any credit.

Then “Bored” has the audacity to criticize the social media coverage of the Lowell fire — singling out Nevada County Peeps — when The Union was late to post the breaking news of the fire on its own website.

And he cites another example — a fire in the Dry Creek area of Auburn — where The Union was also late in real-time reporting. The details are spelled out here.

“Bored’s” weekly bully pulpit is entertaining to the careful reader, but it is useless as a source of credible information. How long is this going to continue?

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 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

11 thoughts on “Union columnist seeks to discredit social media at the same time he lifts its content”

  1. I don’t think The Union is even worth commenting on anymore. They’re like the newspaper that you line your guinea pig cage with. It’s like attracts like.

  2. Social media Yubanet, and Nevada County Peeps, along with KVMR (which had updates all the time from Pasqualle from Yubanet!!!) covered the fire very well. For days KNCO website was offline. All of the social media including this one had links to Calfire for immediate updates. George—Does that Porsche of Hemig’s have a radio? Tune in to KVMR—- Listen.

  3. This bashing of social media in The Union does look ridiculous — in a time warp. Heck, it has created enough wealth in Silicon Valley for Tesla Model S’s, not just Porsche’s. My son and I are noticing a lot more Tesla’s than Porsche’s at Lake Tahoe this summer. Charging stations are all around, including at the real estate offices. Glad we now have one at Grass Valley Courtyard Suites, even if it’s not a “supercharger.”

  4. I’ve noticed that folks can’t put down their smart phones. I’ve also noticed that when folks see smoke they quickly access or recommend others to access YubaNet. I witnessed this and participated in the recommendation myself in front of SPD when the smoke was first seen in the horizon beyond K-Mart. Boardman’s put down of social media dates him horribly. And it’s too late.
    Folks can’t resist checking other things after taking that smart phone picture. The smart phone has become an appendage, a security blanket. Social Media is here to stay.
    However, The Union is more than a place for folks to share opinions. I’ve been enjoying all the other articles about farming, etc and often run out of time for the opinion section. Besides, there’s a lot more opinions to read on social media and a larger audience. Lots of miss-spellings. Most are caused by auto correct and the fingers don’t quite hit the right keys. Emotocons remind us how emotional we are.

  5. I figure the only reason The Union doesn’t dump Boardman is because he is in the “sweet spot” of their demographics, i.e., “dated.”

  6. Frankly I don’t think the Union has any idea how to transform and embrace social media, and that they are on a long slow decline, there is no reason why they could not be the default choice for “news by smart phone”…seems like the Union is for haphazard old news…pity

  7. It’s the middle of the night and I hear sirens, really loud sirens like they are right outside. All of a sudden they stopped, letting me know that something is happening right here in my neighborhood. I jump out of bed and head to my computer – do I open the Union’s website looking for some information about what’s going on? Nope, I head to Nevada County Peeps, and guess what? Someone with a police scanner has posted information about the commotion, and it seems it was a car chase regarding a stolen car, and now all is well. Back to bed I go, never once thinking that I should read the Union to get my late breaking news. And, if there is news that breaks on a Sunday, we would all be out of luck if it were not for Yubanet! George needs a wake up call – do you think he has one of those telephone thingys?

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