The Union has become a locals’ version of the National Enquirer, reporting that “dozens of locals say they’ve been ‘roofied’ at Nevada County bars.”
Yet its reporting does not back up the claims except for quoting people anonymously who “suspect” they’ve been slipped a spiked drink “in a variety of establishments in Grass Valley and Nevada City.” (There is no mention of the bar scene in Truckee, also located in “Nevada County.”)
The Union cannot cite a single example of a toxicology report confirming this supposedly “rampant” trend. It also cannot cite a single example of a video capturing someone spiking a drink. And the police said they have received only a “handful” of reports of people being roofied.
The Union also does not examine that many bars have video cameras that could identify any would-be perpetrators. Those videos are examined regularly.
To be sure, it’s an important issue. But the reporting is incomplete. The Union needs to “dig deeper.”
It’s astounding that an editor would let such shallow reporting pass for a front-page article. It is totally irresponsible. And podunk.