Readers respond to Munkelt’s letter to The Union Publisher Hemig

On Facebook, readers are responding to attorney Steve Munkelt’s “Other Voices” directed at The Union publisher Jim Hemig’s column about the Lamphier case. “In response to Jim Hemig’s column, if you want to know why one of my cases has been continued, please just call me and ask. I think that used to be called ‘fact checking’ in journalism school,” it begins.

Eleanore Mac Donald: The Union — don’t get me started. Small town, backwoods rag, non-journalism.

Bruce Levy: The Union is a bad joke, and has been for years.

Bert Wheeler: The Union is an embarrassment.

CiCi Stewart: The blatantly obvious question is why would the publisher for our local paper print an article questioning attorney Stephen Munkelt without a conversation or discussion with him to get the facts. I’m appalled.

Carla Bonetti: The level of incompetence in this county is horrific.

Mike Thornton: Obviously two different types of cases and people. But I remember when The Union went after supervisor Bruce Conklin, alleging all types of financial improprieties. Of course, this all took place right before an election and once Bruce lost, the paper never mentioned any of it again. So, in short, this is nothing new for The Union.

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.

3 thoughts on “Readers respond to Munkelt’s letter to The Union Publisher Hemig”

    1. Prejudicial comments to poison a jury pool near you, coming soon, brought to you by the editor of the local paper. Libelous? Irresponsible? Yellow Journalism?
      YEP!

      1. Totally irresponsible. But Jim doesn’t have much experience as a journalist or publisher. He worked at The Union’s parent Swift in the IT group. He’s been bit by the “big fish, small pond” syndrome and is a good soldier for all of our town’s “good old boy” interests. Instead of being a civic leader, he keeps us standing in place. Go Jim!

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