The Union’s paid weekly columnist George Boardman has become a fierce protector of The Union’s newsgathering practices.
Think of him as the opposite of a newspaper ombudsman and more like a “flack.”
For Boardman, this is par for the course. Despite his desire to be a credible journalist, George has spent more of his career as a p.r. person than a newspaperman. And it shows.
I figure this “brown nosing” is an effort to hang onto his weekly column, which is not that popular, but an ego booster for him.
In the latest example, Boardman is defending The Union’s claims on the front page that “dozens of locals say they’ve been ‘roofied’ at Nevada County bars.”
This conclusion — affecting a wide swath of local businesses — is based on nothing more than hearsay from anonymous people. The Union hasn’t turned up a single toxicology report, videotape, or other hard facts to support this.
It is a reckless approach to newsgathering. But like a bulldog gnawing on a toy squeaker, George won’t let it go.
Instead of “coaching” along the newspaper like a skilled veteran journalist, he touts The Union’s bellringing prowess for the Salvation Army. OK then.