The Union columnist George Boardman personifies the “big fish, small pond”/”all hat, no cattle” syndrome that is rampant among many “know-it-alls” in our little community (until you actually look at their resumes).
On Thursday, small-town columnist George displayed his own ignorance — again — when he tried to masquerade as a big-city/Coastal California journalist. In this case he tackled the topic of the Golden State Warriors and its successful owners on his resuscitated blog.
But George lost my interest right away when he wrote: Warriors’ co-owner Joe Lacob is a partner in “Kleiner Perkins Caulfield [sic] and Byers, one of the most successful Silicon Valley venture capital firms.”
Huh? The iconic VC firm is called Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. For the record, Frank Caufield (not Caulfield) has been active in the venture capital field since the early ’70s.
And George has bragged that he was a business writer in Palo Alto and San Mateo, not just Grass Valley!
When he gets on board in May, the new publisher of The Union needs to rethink the value of George’s column. I’ve long found it to be “fish wrap.” And pointing to a blog with such a egregious error is an embarrassment to any newspaper, even The Union. Next …
Here’s a Kleiner video: