Boardman: Mr. “Fake News” seeks to educate us about “fake news”

George Boardman’s weekly column in The Union has become a laughingstock for its volume of corrections. But poor George is the last to know.

“On a more prosaic level, reporters and editors at any mainstream newspaper will tell you they spend a lot of time trying to verify tips, rumors and claims that come their way,” Boardman writes in this week’s column. “The vast majority of this hot news doesn’t pass the smell test and never sees the light of day.”

Except in the case of Boardman’s column, where he merrily publishes “fake news” and corrections. Examples are here, here, here and here, just to name a few.

I wonder if The Union realizes how dumb it appears to all of us when it continues to publish this column.

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.

9 thoughts on “Boardman: Mr. “Fake News” seeks to educate us about “fake news””

  1. This is my favorite Boardman “correction”:
    “Since the premise of the post was based on erroneous information, I have removed it from this blog. –George Boardman”

    1. In Boardman’s rant about fake news and the President, wonder why he didn’t bother to mention the word Birther?

  2. I missed Boardman at the Memorial Day ceremony in Pioneer Park, but think I saw him later at Toffanelli’s munching down breakfast. Go figure!

  3. “Based on The Union’s original reporting, I criticized Senum for lying about the incident in an effort to advance her political agenda. I apologize for my erroneous criticism.

    The original item was published almost three months ago. Since the premise of the post was based on erroneous information, I have removed it from this blog.”

    Lying about how a woman’s arm was blown off “to advance my political agenda?” WTH? How does this advance a person’s political agenda? Never did get an apology from the troll.

    I’ve never seen anyone criticize and bash people in a community he has never met, never participates in, or supports, more than Board Man; it’s just constant stone-throwing from the cradle of the world’s sorriest man-child that obviously feels rejected by his community and hostile about those who are part of one.

  4. I recall that Ms. Senum and Mr. Boardman broke bread together when they joined the Union’s editorial board.
    How’d that go? I wonder.

  5. The right in Nevada County continues to amaze me. How much longer before THE UNION has no subscribers? Average death age now 82. Start your countdown calendar. Thanks to Jeff. If you are not careful you gonna get a national audience. Update on Tea Party Patriots on gains since 40 year plan announced???

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