Wise up Boardman! YubaNet scoops The Union and NCTV on big Supe vote

Editor’s note: The Union’s weekly columnist “Bored Georgeman” (AKA George Boardman) took a cheap shot at YubaNet earlier this month: “What passes for news at the web site is basically press releases and opinion pieces picked up from other sources.” I posted his drivel on Facebook, and locals roundly attacked his words. Here’s another example of YubaNet’s superior reporting. Exit question: When will The Union’s publisher wise up and dump Boardman’s column? He’s a true village idiot and a journalism hack.

The background: Pro-marijuana advocates packed Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting to protest a new plan by supervisors to allow restricted outdoor marijuana farming, mostly on large parcels, as the Sacramento Bee reported this morning. The proposed interim county ordinance would maintain a ban on indoor and outdoor cannabis, growing on all residential properties under 5 acres, and impose requirements restricting the location and scale of gardens on larger properties.

The meeting lasted until past 7 p.m. YubaNet and The Union were reporting in “real time,” and NCTV was streaming the meeting “live.”

When the dust settled, YubaNet was the first to post the news at 7:07 p.m.:

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The Union didn’t get the vote posted until two minutes later at 7:09 p.m. — (7:08 p.m. to report the vote, but then 7:09 p.m. to post more details):
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And NCTV, for some unexplainable reason, cut off the broadcast of the Supes meeting at 6:45 p.m. before the vote and posted this screenshot of the Grass Valley City Council Meeting instead. That’s like interrupting a sports game before the final outcome. Podunk.


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.

2 thoughts on “Wise up Boardman! YubaNet scoops The Union and NCTV on big Supe vote”

  1. This is a hoot! The Union columnist Boardman criticizing the Bee: https://ncroadkill.com/2016/07/22/an-example-of-why-paper-still-dont-get-it-in-the-internet-age/
    Meanwhile, The Union shut down its printing plant, laid off printers and relies on the Bee to keep printing a newspaper. If it weren’t for the Bee, George’s scribbles wouldn’t see the light of day in print. Talk about ungrateful! ROFLOL.

    The Bee’s management must think: Gee, with Boardman and The Union as our “friends,” who needs enemies? Ha!

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