Extreme right-wing local thanks The Union for “fair” coverage

Millions of women marched all over the world for women’s rights, and The Union chose to “lede” the newspaper with a right-to-life march that drew 25 locals in San Francisco, as we reported previously. The other event, which drew Nevada County residents to Washington, D.C., was the “off-lede, centerpiece.” Go figure!

This lopsided news judgment came after Terry McLaughlin, an extreme right-wing local who writes a twice monthly column for The Union, promoted the right-to-life event in her own column.

So what does The Union do? It runs a self-congratulatory letter from Terry McLaughlin this weekend thanking “The Union and new City Editor Ross Maak” for “fair coverage.”

As if that makes it all right. You can’t make this stuff up! Podunk.com.

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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.
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3 Responses to Extreme right-wing local thanks The Union for “fair” coverage

  1. Annie Fox says:

    When was the last time the Union has been fair and balanced? I’m really curious about this.

  2. Joe Koyote says:

    In the world of right wing politics, “fair and balanced” means extreme ideology and policies like climate denial, immigration bans, etc., get the same coverage as legitimate main stream ideas. This is the only reason climate denial even gets any ink at all. A few months ago the BBC announced that it would no longer give climate denial people “equal coverage” because they are on the fringe and not representative of reality. The next thing will be trump’s plan for the martian invasion which the bozos on the right will demand equal coverage for.

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