The Union editorial board member Sauer needs to hang up his spurs — or get his facts straight

As I’ve written many times before, The Union will never grow if it continues catering to the “declining, aging population.” It’s not rocket science.

But it can’t help itself. A classic example are the columns written by Norm Sauer, whose views are to the right of Attila the Hun. He is a compatriot of George Rebane. That proves it: “QED,” as the mathematicians would put it.

This weekend, in his latest rant, Sauer seeks to educate the rest of us about the “progressive swamp of Washington D.C.”

But he begins with a misstatement of fact: “Obama wire tapped various individuals in the U. S. media, such as Fox News reporter James Rosen …”

In fact, that claim was shot down by none other than Rosen himself. “”I was not wiretapped, my parents were not wiretapped, which is where you place a listening device on someone’s telephone line and you listen to their conversations,’ Rosen told Fox & Friends on Sunday after the show’s hosts claimed his phones were tapped, as CNN and other media outlets have reported.

“Instead, Rosen explained, former Attorney General Eric Holder had secretly designated Rosen a criminal co-conspirator — because he had received classified information from a former State Department contractor — thereby giving the government permission to subpoena Rosen’s emails and phone records, including those of his parents.”

I stopped reading Sauer’s column after this. A good editor would have kicked the column back to Sauer for a revision, but I don’t think The Union management even reads the columns that are submitted — until maybe after they are published.

There’s an epidemic in our towns: It’s called “big fish in a small pond.” It doesn’t serve to inform or educate; it is self-serving and amateurish. What Sauer writes about his topic is applies to his own words as well: “Stay tuned, but hold your nose because the stink is going to get worse.”

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 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.

14 thoughts on “The Union editorial board member Sauer needs to hang up his spurs — or get his facts straight”

  1. Hi Curtis,
    The political climate in the towns is changing (one step to the left, not two) but not the newspaper. It is wedded to the “declining, aging” demographic.

  2. George Rebane has dutifully republished his friend’s column — inaccuracies and all — on his own blog. Imagine that!

  3. As far as I could stand to read he’s still blaming Obama. Note to Norm- Obamacare brought uninsured rate down 11% from 2013 to 2016 to make Nevada County uninsured rate at %4.

  4. Interesting. Of course, if you’re on Medicare, it’s somebody else’s problem. The Greatest Generation did well by Uncle Sam in this regard — much better than the up-and-coming Millennials are. Of course, to them, that’s the Millennials’ problem.

    1. Actually no. There are many on Medicare who are fighting for a healthcare program that takes care of our children and doesn’t destroy ACA. I think that was a shallow observation based on nothing.

  5. It is just pathetic how the Union publishes right wing idiots ideology who haven’t a clue. Norm Saur is a complete embarrassment for our community. Good gawd!

  6. Holy Jefferson Airplane! I encourage anyone with a modicum of English communication skills to attempt to decipher Rebane’s March 11 scatter shots. Here is but a portion of one paragraph:

    “That the man is in fact a deficiently launched and sadly closeted intellect becomes clear as one penetrates the brambles of his prose while trying to apprehend his logic which is more elusive to pursue than Carroll’s ever-late White Rabbit.”

    Only Rebane would be so obtuse as to point to a kettle so black and write “. . . penetrates the brambles of his prose while trying to apprehend his logic”. Even George’s staunchest supporters can’t “apprehend” the logic of whatever logic George might be attempting to convey. After five richly verbose paragraphs denigrating Rich Howell, an obviously dazed and confused Todd Juvinall can only respond with, “I receive a tweet from Trump yesterday. He likes a tweet of mine. Amazing!”

    Yes, amazing.

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