“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.