The Union Publisher Don Rogers misleads his readers

“Seems a couple of offended local bloggers would like their readers to think the presentation was some kind of failure,” The Union Publisher Don Rogers writes this week, defending the sophomoric panel on “fake news” that his newspaper sponsored with a self-serving column. “But they weren’t there. And that message would be false.”

In fact, one of those “couple of offended local bloggers,” George Rebane was there, with his wife, and the wrote that then presentation was some kind of failure. Read it for yourself:

“The local League of Women Voters presented a get together on ‘Fake News’ at Sierra College last night.  It featured Brooke Binkowski, Managing Editor of snopes.com and Randall ‘Fink’ Finkelstein, NC Scooper editor, both supposed experts on the topic.  It was a real jaw dropper.  Jo Ann and I had never attended a more lame, information free, and sophomoric presentation as we witnessed last night.  The LWV used to be a real heads up organization and source of non-partisan voter information before its joining the progressives.  No more.  The clear political implication was to obliquely point to the Republican Party and, of course, Trump (never leave him out) as the fount of fake news, which, by the way, no one was able to define – sort of like pornography.

“About half an hour into the thing, people of the Right and Left started walking out, as people realized that no one on stage knew what they were talking about.  We greeted Reinette Senum, who sat behind us, and saw her with some friends quietly get up and leave during an unbelievable sequence with Ms Binkowski, a certified feather-head.  (Ms Senum’s ascerbic post on the evening is on her Facebook page.)  And we still don’t have any idea why Mr Finkelstein was invited to participate.  Full disclosure – it pains me to admit that we were not the first to leave.”

Don, that’s Journalism 101. Podunk.

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.

3 thoughts on “The Union Publisher Don Rogers misleads his readers”

    1. That was a great commentary Jeff. I also liked Julia Edwards’ outstanding commentary as well as William Larsen’s. I did think Crabb’s cartoon was quite silly and just as out there as Rob Chrisman’s comment

      1. I don’t see the print version of The Union much. “Bored Georgeman’s” column — boring again — eats up most of the opinion page. There’s not much room for the Letters to the Editor, which are crammed at the bottom. I can’t imagine being subjected to that as a regular subscriber.

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