“A racial incident in downtown Grass Valley this week — where slurs were shouted at a Nevada Union High School student as he walked down Mill Street, according to his father on Facebook — has concerned local residents, including the Nevada Union High principal, and it is being held up as a teachable moment,” as Sierra Foothills Report reported, adding “There is also an informal downtown Grass Valley walk taking shape for 5 p.m. on Friday, as a way for people to show their support for this family.”
On Friday night, Facebook was lit up with “citizen journalist” reports of the “love walk,” which drew hundreds and hundreds of locals. This photo is from Debbie Lange’s Facebook page. “Today in my town ❤️❤️❤️,” she wrote.
You can’t make this stuff up! “Much of the reporting about crime on Facebook and other outlets is rumor, half-truths, innuendo and a failure to put any of the ‘facts’ in proper context,” writes The Union’s weekly columnist George Boardman.
“You can get a real education reading about crimes on Facebook and in blog posts, and then comparing that with the police report in the next edition of The Union. Unfortunately, too many people get their news from just Facebook.”
You also can get a real “uneducation” reading George’s bull. One shining example: “What office is Hodge seeking? How about GV Council?”
No, you fool. As a wide number of people have written, from me to Don Bessee, Hodge is running for Supervisor, not GV Council.
When is The Union going to dump Boardman’s column for something more engaging (and accurate)? What’s up with that, Publisher Don Rogers?