“Journalist” Boardman: “That was an editor I can related to.” (sic)

Small towns are a hoot! You have a lot of pretenders. George Boardman is a “pretend” journalist. He talks a big game, but never made it to the “big leagues” of journalism. He lacks the skills and experience to be the BMOC journalist. He fled to the more comfortable world of P.R. instead.

On his blog, George pretends to think we care about his review of “The Post.” The movie, as Time magazine explains, is about “the feverishly debated decision behind The Washington Post‘s 1971 publication of top-secret information in the Pentagon Papers comes to life in the new movie The Post, in which Meryl Streep plays legendary publisher Katharine Graham and Tom Hanks takes on the role of the gruff but brilliant executive editor Ben Bradlee.”

It’s a good film, but not good enough for George. “Maybe it’s because I’m familiar with the story,” he brags, concluding: “If you want to see newspapers at the top of their game, watch ‘Spotlight’ and ‘All the President’s Men.’ If you want to see a good story of a woman coming into her own, go see ‘The Post.'”

Then Mr. Wonderful Journalist proceeds to criticize Tom Hanks in the role of Ben Bradlee. “Maybe it’s his good guy image, but Hanks wasn’t as believable as Jason Robards, who played Bradlee in ‘All the President’s Men,'” he writes. OK, whatever you say!

And this is the kicker. Boardman concludes: “That was an editor I can related to.” Huh? I think you mean “That was an editor I can relate to.”

You can’t make this stuff up!

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 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.

9 thoughts on ““Journalist” Boardman: “That was an editor I can related to.” (sic)”

  1. This dumbling fixed his error, but didn’t have the courtesy to just say “thanks.” It still cracks me up: “That was an editor I can related to.” (sic) You mean an editor that can’t use proper grammar? ROFLOL. BTW, Boardman has a long-winded narrative about last week’s BOS meeting — “old news” by now. The YubaNet commentary was so much better too: https://sierrafoothillsreport.com/2018/01/24/yubanet-some-supes-fall-prey-to-sitting-on-the-dais-barely-courteous-to-secretary-of-state-and-in-a-power-play/
    When will The Union put him out to pasture?

    1. Ha! I am watching the NBC Nightly News and they just promoted this story. I wonder if George Boardman was the editor.

  2. “Journalist” Boardman confirms he was a proud p.r. flack: “Here’s a tip from somebody who staged well over 100 press conferences over a 30-year period, several of them in San Francisco.”

    What a hoot! He staged “well over” 100 press conferences over 30 years, but only “several” of them were in S.F. Podunk!

    1. This is even funnier than Boardman’s post: “GB- I am from SF and have family there. I know that media market well and the demographic I am targeting but thanks anyway. 😉 Posted by: Don Bessee | 10 February 2018 at 12:24 PM” Small towns are a hoot!

  3. Now Boardman informs us he was in “high tech p.r.” What a joke. No one at The Chronicle, including the Chief Tech Writer (that would have been me), ever heard of this man. We were writing about Google going public, Steve Jobs at Apple, and the “Wintel” (Microsoft Windows-Intel) alliance. What was he touting?

  4. Mr. “journalist” Boardman (AKA “high tech P.R.,” “stock market sage,””Stone House restauranteur,” etc.) now is claiming he is “upfront” about who he is. Of course. Just ask some of his former bosses. It’s more like riding his spouse’s coattails — over and over and over again. ROFLOL.

  5. Here’s an excerpt of some “journalism” from George “Biz Bits” Boardman: “Aaburco Inc., a Grass Valley manufacturer of specialized bakery machinery, has launched a new Web site designed by R&B Communications of Grass Valley. The site can be viewed at http://www.piemaster.com.”

    Brilliant! Where did you learn that high-tech acumen?! ROFLOL.

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