The Union should improve its journalism, not just ring bells for the Salvation Army

 

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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.

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.

6 thoughts on “The Union should improve its journalism, not just ring bells for the Salvation Army”

  1. I wonder if R.L. Crabb and George Boardman were at The Union this week when local small businesses paid a “visit” to The Union to talk about the one-sided, incomplete “roofie” coverage. Nope. That’s off their radar. No accountability. They’d be wetting their pants. lol.

  2. Oh, look. George has another comment on his blog. It’s from none other than Barry Pruett. Barry is still stinging from his foray into local politics and he wears it on his sleeve. In the race for clerk-recorder, he lost in every precinct. What a hoot!

  3. A line from Georges column today.
    “Nevada County residents are building a reputation for ignoring science and inventing their own facts.”

    My response:
    Sure George, please tell that to the right wing blogger crowd around here who deny climate change, even in the face of devastating weather events creating firestorms that are burning up huge areas of California.

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