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?