I sighed out loud (“sol,” not lol) when I read The Union’s “hit or miss” column this week and one of the editorial board members — “Mac” Young — was mischaracterizing the County Elections Office record using a healthy dose of hyperbole. It was a cheap shot, but The Union happily published it.
Worse, Mac also failed to disclose that he donated $250 to Mary Anne Davis’s campaign for Clerk Recorder/Registrar of Voters. And The Union also failed to disclose in the post that Davis is one of its own staffers at the same time the newspaper is supposed to be reporting objectively on the race — a huge potential conflict of interest. (The Union’s editorial board members have their own unique privileges too: to embed political ads in the “hit or miss” column — for free! And without much, if any, editorial oversight. “Membership has its privileges”!)
In another “hit or miss” item, Young also made a thinly veiled attack on Hilary Hodge’s campaign, referring to the posting of her campaign signs on trees.
What a hoot! Young, a staunch conservative, judging from his pro-Trump Facebook page, is suddenly a “tree hugger.” lol. Young, in case you couldn’t guess, is supporting Dan Miller too (though as he points out, he can’t even vote in that district). Tell us how you feel Mac! We’re itching to know!
Meanwhile, Young is undermining his own credibility as an editorial board member — and he’s making The Union look unethical. Good going, Mac! Good going, The Union! Welcome to “community” journalism (AKA podunk).
A “miss” to Mac Young and The Union for failing to disclose conflicts of interest.