The Union columnist Boardman confirms he’s an “armchair” journalist

Did you ever notice how The Union’s weekly columnist George Boardman never interviews people for his columns? It often leads this “armchair” journalist to publish “fake news.”

This one was a classic: “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. . . Since the premise of the post was based on erroneous information, I have removed it from this blog.”

Well isn’t that special? Just hit the delete key (a few weeks later) and hope no-one noticed.

On this blog this morning, Boardman gives us a window into his “journalism.”

“I take two hours every Wednesday afternoon to research and write my column,” he writes. “I spend another 20 to 30 minutes Friday morning assembling observations and sanding down the rough spots before I send my column to The Union.”

“Sanding down the rough spots” also should including confirming information that is based on erroneous reporting— in any forum. What are The Union’s standards for its columnists?

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 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

6 thoughts on “The Union columnist Boardman confirms he’s an “armchair” journalist”

  1. George Boardman has become a true embarrassment to The Union.

    In his latest blog post he writes: “Given his girth, the Chronicle “C ” would take on the appearance of a billboard. But it might be a stretch to get Jeffy into one because the biggest size available is extra large.”

    In an earlier one, he wrote I was a “boy toy” to Hillary Hodge.

    George has a hard time sticking to an argument. Why hasn’t Don Rogers replaced him?

    1. Well, whatever the reason, you cross a line when you resort to fat jokes and sex jokes. You’re supposed to be smart enough to attack the idea, not the person. It’s Podunk.

      1. And once again, don’t think this isn’t lost on our youth. They see what’s going on.

      2. So true Jeff. He accused me of being one of those “of the evening” stripper types. I can’t go that low nor is he man enough to put me in that position.

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