The Union’s “timeline” on Facebook this morning

Here are the top three posts on The Union’s Facebook page this morning. I think they’ve outdone Jerry Springer and Geraldo combined.

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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.

12 thoughts on “The Union’s “timeline” on Facebook this morning”

  1. BTW, I keep hearing about all the traffic that NC Scooper generates, but the hyperlink to this blog at NC Scooper has never generated a single referral. I wonder this is all a ruse. LOL.

    1. The trolls on Todd’s blog are true morons. They cannot understand the difference between having a hyperlink on another blog and receiving no referrals from it vs. no hyperlink at all. The more they “write,” the more ignorant they show themselves to be. Go Todd! King of the fools.

    1. My God, Sauer is an idiot. At this point The Union is no more then toilet paper, not good at that either. It’s the paper for the low hanging fruit of our community. Really that article is an abomination of pure BS. Perfect for The Union readership. Anyone who buys that kind of crap needs help, or meds.

      1. If the new publisher takes journalism seriously, he has a major mop up effort. That, plus all the “good old boys” tugging at his sleeves when he steps off the “boat.” Perhaps Jeff Ackerman can introduce him to his friend Todd Juvinall. And let’s not forget George Rebane, who will visit with the GOP Women’s Federated and their “audit” of the Op-Ed pages. And the global warming deniers, whose hero is an ex-weatherman from Chico. You can’t make this stuff up! No wonder so many of the smart kids who get a whiff of the local politics all want to leave. LOL.

  2. Seriously, what a ridiculous editorial Mr. Sauer penned. Here is what he President actually said:

    “PRESIDENT OBAMA: I guess to make a broader point, so often in the past there’s been a sharp division between left and right, between capitalist and communist or socialist. And especially in the Americas, that’s been a big debate, right? Oh, you know, you’re a capitalist Yankee dog, and oh, you know, you’re some crazy communist that’s going to take away everybody’s property. And I mean, those are interesting intellectual arguments, but I think for your generation, you should be practical and just choose from what works. You don’t have to worry about whether it neatly fits into socialist theory or capitalist theory — you should just decide what works.

    And I said this to President Castro in Cuba. I said, look, you’ve made great progress in educating young people. Every child in Cuba gets a basic education — that’s a huge improvement from where it was. Medical care — the life expectancy of Cubans is equivalent to the United States, despite it being a very poor country, because they have access to health care. That’s a huge achievement. They should be congratulated. But you drive around Havana and you say this economy is not working. It looks like it did in the 1950s. And so you have to be practical in asking yourself how can you achieve the goals of equality and inclusion, but also recognize that the market system produces a lot of wealth and goods and services. And it also gives individuals freedom because they have initiative.

    And so you don’t have to be rigid in saying it’s either this or that, you can say — depending on the problem you’re trying to solve, depending on the social issues that you’re trying to address what works. And I think that what you’ll find is that the most successful societies, the most successful economies are ones that are rooted in a market-based system, but also recognize that a market does not work by itself. It has to have a social and moral and ethical and community basis, and there has to be inclusion. Otherwise it’s not stable.

    And it’s up to you — whether you’re in business or in academia or the nonprofit sector, whatever you’re doing — to create new forms that are adapted to the new conditions that we live in today.”

    I guess someone would actually have to know something about the history of Argentina, Latin America, and understand why we would want to encourage a new generation to get beyond the conflicts of the past to know what the hell he was talking about.

    1. After I left The Union,the publisher accused me of sitting on submitted editorials. That was total bull s***. What I did was hold onto the editorials that misstated the facts, and contacted the editorial writer to discuss this (on the left or right). I did this dutifully along with the other “assigned” tasks, like having lunch with his friends. Vetting editorials is what “real” newspapers do. See the NYT editorial policy: https://sierrafoothillsreport.com/2015/10/30/would-the-new-york-times-publish-todd-juvinalls-rants/
      But the culture of this newspaper was just to run whatever crap is submitted, whole cloth, and then wrap yourself around the First Amendment.
      It was an astounding experience. Like pushing a big rock uphill.

    1. Poor Todd is becoming unhinged! I’m starting to think he is talking to himself on his blog. Hillybilly.com.

      1. Rough night for the trolls on Todd’s blog. Rumor is circulating that the men in white coats are going to visit.

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