The Union’s “retraction” on “roofie madness” leaves paid columnist Boardman with (more) egg on his face


“What, me worry?” (Credit: The Union)

Regular readers here know that The Union’s front-page article on “roofie madness” — vastly under-reported  and under-edited —  was met with much skepticism in our towns. It was a classic example of podunk journalism.

And sure enough, weeks after a police report was issued citing “no evidence” in the so-called spiking of drinks at Nevada City bars, The Union follows up with, well, the same conclusion. Imagine that! You wonder why it took so long for the followup. (If walls inside a newsroom could talk).

The dumbest sh… (I mean “poop”)  in all of this is The Union’s weekly columnist “Board Georgeman,” (AKA George Boardman), who went out of his way to defend the lame report.

“When is there enough ‘information’ to write about an alleged crime?” this doofus wrote. When there is enough “information” beyond a one-source claim, that’s when.

This week, Boardman launched an unsubstantiated attack on our local hospital, claiming its parent’s merger would be a blow to the community. But he offered no concrete evidence —just like his defense of the “roofie madness” reporting.

When will The Union dump George? Or does it hang on to him because he defends the indefensible? Either way, The Union loses credibility.


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 Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

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