Small-town columnist clueless about “Ess Eff” media scene

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CNBC@1Market, includes a small studio with views of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge.

“When the cable news networks interview somebody live in their San Francisco studios, they typically use a background picture of the Golden Gate Bridge or the Transamerica Pyramid. Lately, some of them have been giving some love to the Bay Bridge,” George Boardman writes in his weekly column.

“The late columnist Herb Caen came up with one of the best puns ever when he referred to the Bay Bridge as the ‘car-strangled spanner.'”

What George doesn’t seem to realize is that CNBC recently opened a studio at the iconic One Market Street building, with views of the Bay Bridge. It is not a “background picture.” The details are here. LOL.

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 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.

4 thoughts on “Small-town columnist clueless about “Ess Eff” media scene”

  1. Yeah, I am somewhat troubled by this sentence in George Boardman’s column today on ISIS, Immigration, FEAR and

    “Hillary Clinton, who is either very courageous or has a political tin ear, suggested we raise that number to 65,000 after the Paris savagery.”

    Well Hillary Clinton did not “suggest we raise that number to 65,000 after the Paris savagery,” she suggested that number before the Paris tragedy and confirmed it afterward. That number is based on long on going international discussions being conducted by the State Department.

    It is troubling not just because it is imprecise and sloppy, but because it implies that Secretary Clinton increased the number after the Paris attack, and she did not such thing.

    I do agree with George that the concern that due to irrational fear security will replace liberty as a core American value is valid.

    But the he ruins his point with this quote, “Like it or not, we may well be at the start of what will become World War III. Can we meet the challenge and retain the values we cherish?”

    I know George’s clause is posed as a question, and I might add a valid question, but by leaving the clause pregnant he feeds into the meme that this is a World War between Christianity and Islam or Terror versus the West and it is no such thing. It is a war with a specific group of terrorists who have usurped power in the wake of chaos in the middle east, some of that chaos precipitated by failed American policy that should have been able to answer the key question, “after Saddam [or Assad] then what,” a question we never asked ourselves in our rush to judgement and war after 9/11.

  2. Yes he does that a lot – putting his words in other people’s mouths. To be sure, Boardman is far from one of our community’s “best or brightest.” I guess it’s the best The Union can do, though, because they hold onto him. Podunk.

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