No word in The Union or other local media, but Nevada County Scooper has made a prominent “fake news” list, as a national debate on fake news heats up.
“Nevada County Scooper – Although it is considered to be a source of satire, several of its articles confused people on social media,” the listing on Wikipedia reads.
Another site added: “Among NC Scooper‘s crossover bits were pieces claiming official ‘gun confiscation units‘ were taking people’s weapons, that Merle Haggard left his estate to an LBGT group, that Meg White of the White Stripes was joining Rush, and that Sen. Bernie Sanders called for ‘chemtrail reform.'”
The news blackout is ironic too, since The Union has editorialized against “fake news.” Examples abound: here from the “editorial board,” here from Publisher Don Rogers and here from the paid weekly columnist George Boardman.
To the contrary, The Union has been a champion of Nevada County Scooper (the local “fake news” source).
In fact, the newspaper ran a a laudatory front-page article on Nevada County Scooper.
“We’d like for Nevada County to become famous internationally via The Scooper. It would be nice if we could do that in a fun and interesting way, but if we have to do it by hoisting the dim and senseless on various petards, so be it,” the article said, quoting an anonymous “Lou LaPlante.”
The Union protected all these people’s identity, declaring “not his real name.”
More podunk reporting from our local newspaper, supposedly a “serious” news source.