“Mac attack”: Why The Union needs an ethics policy for its editorial board members

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.

(Reminder: We happily donated $200 to Greg Diaz’s campaign, because he’s the most experienced candidate. Oh, and Greg votes!)

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.

21 thoughts on ““Mac attack”: Why The Union needs an ethics policy for its editorial board members”

    1. Oh, look, Todd Juvinall is jumping to his friend Mac Young’s defense, defending his cheap shot in The Union newspaper. It’s OK because Mac grew up here and Todd is impressed by “lots of money.” (I guess he’s referring to the Young’s Rincon del Rio project). Todd concludes: “Mac is well liked and respected here in the county he grew up in. Pelline, a product of a silver spoon Marin County life has no idea who he is screwing with.” Todd wouldn’t know “lots of money” if it bit him in the butt. At least in Marin, the locals know what “lots of money” really means. ROFLOL.

  1. I’m still curious what these not so good old boys are going to do about my vote for Mr. Diaz. All I hear is huff & puff.

  2. What a hoot! Todd Juvinall has donated $100 to Mary Anne Davis’s campaign for clerk-recorder/registrar of elections. You go Todd!

  3. No surprise there. Todd, Rebane and Co. are all political toadies. They will support whomever the Republican Party tells them to support no questions asked, no experience needed, no thought involved. After all, they support trump don’t they?

    1. Sure enough! Joann Rebane also contributed $100. I joke to Shannon that I never thought I’d be living in a town where we’d have to make campaign donations on our own, just to help keep an experienced person at the helm in the county clerk recorder’s office. If you recall we went through this same drama with the county assessor’s position too. Small towns are a hoot!

  4. Ah yes, Sue Horne the anti-government Republican despite living on the public dime for years. And the person who, when county supervisor, spearheaded that God-awful Podunk fake rock thing greeting people as they enter Nevada County on HWY 49.

    1. Now Pruett is bashing me and even my wife for supporting Greg Diaz, the most qualified candidate in this race. On Facebook, he’s calling out “Brian, Brian!” (AKA The Union editor) to call his attention to statewide voting issues. Pruett should be happy as a clam nowadays, but he seems mired in the past (where he lost the clerk recorder’s race in every precinct). Move on!

  5. As others in the community have observed, the clerk-recorder’s race is tinged with a “tad of racism.” Example tonight from Todd Juvinall’s blog: “AnonymousMay 25, 2018 at 9:14 PM
    Diaz proves one thing, affirmative action is a failure.” Who is “anonymous”? Why does Todd, who contributed to Mary Anne Davis’s campaign, protect “anonymous” without requiring a name? For the record, Diaz was elected by a vote of the people — repeatedly. In one race, for example, he beat Barry Pruett in every precinct. That had nothing to do with “affirmative action.”

    1. Todd has now been shamed into removing this racist comment. But that doesn’t erase the fact that, of all the community forums, it appeared on his blog — not once but apparently twice.

  6. This is one of the most false and malicious statements I’ve read: “Barry Pruett May 26, 2018 at 6:35 AM Todd already removed this racist comment once. I wouldn’t be shocked if it’s Pelline posting as anonymous about affirmative action so he can cry racism…the last refuge when you are losing a debate.” No Barry. I don’t think like that. Do you?

      1. Pruett is engaging in this discussion just like he ran his race for clerk-recorder. And he lost in EVERY precinct. Some people never learn. Sheesh.

  7. Let’s see how long this piece of Juvinallian tongue in cheek racism remains:

    “He [Jeff] does race bait a lot. Must be a undersized man.”

    It is ironic that he believes a reference to affirmative action is racism but a reference to penis size is not. Not to mention being a 67 (?) year old man who doesn’t know the proper use of an article in speech.

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