Western Nevada County has about 60,000 residents, yet only two (0.00003333333) responded to Publisher Jim Hemig’s editorial page challenge to read, and rate, each opinion submission for the month of January.
And one of them was Jo Ann Rebane, an officer of Nevada County Republican Women Federated, the outfit that “audits” the commentary on The Union’s Op-Ed page. Jo Anne’s husband is hard-right political activist and blogger George Rebane.
The two disagreed on the slant of The Union, so Hemig thinks this somehow proves “The Union is the best place for community members to express their viewpoints and share their opinions with the rest of the community in a manner that is fair and balanced. You can’t get that in blogs, on the radio or in any other news websites in our community.”
No Jim (whose experience is not in publishing or reporting but information technology for newspapers), what it proves is that The Union is even more irrelevant than we thought. Only two people responded.
Perhaps if The Union applied the same standards to its Op-Ed page as The New York Times, it might drum up some more interest. As The Union’s own readership survey showed “Finally among the nearly 900 suggestions shared what The Union should change, many were focused on the ‘diatribes’ published on our opinion pages.”
I don’t think Jim or Editor Brian Hamilton are ever going to get it.