The Union flubs its Page One feature on RL Crabb: “It takes a Grand Marshall” (sic)

“It takes a Grand Marshall,” The Union writes in a big headline on its front page today. I think you meant “Grand Marshal” with one “l.” And it comes just one day after The Union was criticized for persistent spelling errors, and the newspaper vowed to “continue working on that.” Here’s another from November. The Podunk Post!

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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 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 “The Union flubs its Page One feature on RL Crabb: “It takes a Grand Marshall” (sic)”

  1. And our Ph.D. friend George Rebane can’t get it right either. Rebane declares: “Bob Crabb, Mardi Gras Grand Marshall!” (sic) ROFLOL!

  2. A troll comments on Todd’s blog: “Speaking of Facebook likes … Bob Crabb’s Facebook post with his union newspaper front page photo and story about being selected as the Mardi Gras parade Grand Marshal has 324 likes and 63 comments of congratulations so far.”

    Except that “Marshal” is misspelled in the giant front-page headline, one of the biggest blunders ever. “Welcome to Podunk Pines’!

  3. And here’s how R.L. Crabb moderates his blog:

    “Judith Lowry says:
    August 30, 2017 at 9:55 am
    Sorry guys, but this picture looks like a fake set up to me.
    I tried to find its source online with no luck.
    Can anyone verify this photo?

    “Chris Peterson says:
    August 30, 2017 at 12:01 pm
    Don’t know if it’s real or not, but it’s certainly symbolically apropos.
    And Bob, is that your friend on the left, the one from San Francisco who once sat in the same building as Herb Caen? (Sorry, never took the time to learn his name.)

    “George Boardman says:
    August 30, 2017 at 12:26 pm
    The guy on the left isn’t fat enough.”

    A class act, to be sure.

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