How’s this for a conflict of interest?

Small towns are a hoot!

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.

14 thoughts on “How’s this for a conflict of interest?”

  1. Some seem to appreciate putting someone in office that needs/can be trained in the manner approved of by ?? Wasn’t Sue Horne, enough? Make Nevada County Smart Again. Elect someone that has the qualifications in place before they are elected. We all deserve better than having to pay for their training to get up to ‘speed’.

  2. At least Barry Pruett had a law degree from Indiana! lol. Diaz has decades of experience running elections. He was elected president of the County Reorder’s Association for all of California. A rational person would have to wonder what’s up with all this. Let it be.

    1. This is the lead story on TheUnion.com, with a staff byline no less. Is this the most important news of the day? Did The Union give this kind of coverage to Greg Diaz when he decided to run again? No and no.

  3. Here’s The New York Times’ policy: “No staff member may seek public office anywhere. Seeking
    or serving in public office plainly violates the professional detachment expected of a journalist. It poses a risk of
    having the staff member’s political views imputed to The Times, and it can sow a suspicion of favoritism in
    The Times’s political coverage when one of its staff is an active participant.”
    https://www.nytco.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/NYT_Ethical_Journalism_0904-1.pdf

      1. Judith,
        I don’t even think a staffer at the Bend Bulletin has run for public office in Deschutes County. And yes, it is podunk. Like a high school popularity contest.

  4. Wasn’t former clerk/recorder and current occasional Union contributor, Lorraine Jewett-Burdick, a reporter or some other kind of on/air personality for KNCO prior to getting elected?

  5. The Union’s publisher wrote a column about this, seeming to argue the newspaper’s hands are tied. https://www.theunion.com/opinion/don-rogers-why-we-cant-say-no/

    But in defending the newspaper, he answers his own question: “Can the reporting on a race be trusted when one of the paper’s own is a candidate?” What do you think? Mary Ann should agree that it makes sense to take a leave of absence during the campaign season.

    Don also glosses over that the events director often works hand-in-glove with the editorial department when it comes to promoting events, such as Chocolate Infusion and the Home and Garden show.
    https://www.theunion.com/news/local-news/a-golden-ticket-the-unions-annual-chocolate-infusion-offers-afternoon-of-treats-and-prizes/

    1. I laughed when Mary Ann’s husband wrote on The Union’s website:
      “She embodies the Rotarian motto: Service above Self. ” (She also is a Rotarian — president of a local club, in fact).
      What he left out was the “Four Way” test for Rotarians, which is an ethical guide for Rotarians. It asks “Of the things we think say or do, “Is it fair to all concerned?,” among other things.

      That’s a good question: whether “built in p.r.” from The Union (how convenient) is that “fair” to the other candidates? Of course not. She should take a leave of absence during the campaign.

      Small towns are a hoot!

      The Four-Way Test

      The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians recite it at club meetings:
      Of the things we think, say or do

      Is it the TRUTH?
      Is it FAIR to all concerned?
      Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
      Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

  6. Oh look Barry Pruett is still grinding his axes about losing to Greg Diaz in every single precinct in the clerk-recorder’s race several years ago over on Todd’s blog. I happily disclosed my $500 donation to Diaz from the get-go, just as I should have. He now calls me “tubby.” I think if he didn’t have such a squeaky little voice that he might have won at least one precinct. So there! ROFLOL.

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