Pot, meet kettle: Readers laugh at The Union’s “consider the source” editorial

“This is hilarious considering Pinney’s ad,” a reader of this blog and The Union said upon reading The Union Editorial board’s editorial this weekend, titled “Consider the source before sharing that ‘news.'”

He was referring to The Union’s double standard: running  local Frank Pinney’s full page ad “Is Your President Muslim” at the same time it was pointing a finger at social media for “fake news.” Pinney’s ad, which ran last month on the back of the front section, was filled with innuendo and outright falsehoods. For obvious reasons, it enraged readers and caused much hand wringing among management.

As publisher Don Rogers wrote: “Regrets? I think I might have helped the author of the ad more by being stricter about the facts and reining in the leaps of logic from them.”

Gee, Don, do you think?

In its own editorial, The Union poked at Facebook’s “fake news.” The self-serving editorial went on to suggest “subscribe to your local newspaper” as a remedy.

You can’t make this stuff up! Go Editor Brian Hamilton! Go Publisher Don Rogers! Go The Union editorial staff!

Thank goodness a holiday is just around the corner for some needed R&R and reflection.

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.

5 thoughts on “Pot, meet kettle: Readers laugh at The Union’s “consider the source” editorial”

  1. The lede in today’s non-Union :
    “U.S. Rep. Doug LaMalfa optimistic about Donald Trump presidency”:
    Then the first sentence of the piece:
    “U.S. Rep. Doug LaMalfa has never been a fan of marijuana”.
    Half the piece is dedicated to how LaMalfa doesn’t like pot.

    Then it segues into how he adores Trump and “I’m optimistic,” LaMalfa said. “I think he really does care about the American people.”
    So like both candidates, the Union writes the piece, and it’s all over the map.

    1. As editor of The Union, I had the honor of editing a lot of finger painting projects like that. The culture, however, was more about lunches with “the good old boys” than editing.

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