The Union’s conflict of interest in supporting Dollar General stores

I laughed out loud when I read The Union’s editorial this weekend rushing to the defense of Dollar General and chiding the County Planning Commission for, well, doing its job.

All you have to do is “follow the money”: In this case The Union stands to benefit from Dollar General’s advertising. Duh.

It ought to at least disclose this conflict of interest.

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.

2 thoughts on “The Union’s conflict of interest in supporting Dollar General stores”

  1. Forty or so years ago when “Longs” opened up a new store where the current CVS drug store is, the Union ran a full page ad for Longs touting all of the different kinds of stores residents could now avoid with one-stop shopping: drugs, photo processing, cosmetics, etc. I wrote a letter to the editor pointing out all of the locally owned businesses that would suffer as a result. The Union refused to publish it returning it (it was all hardcopy via US postal service back then) to me with a note stating that they would not print disparaging remarks about their advertisers. The fact that the Union favors corporate entities who buy full page ads over locally owned businesses who don’t is nothing new.

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