I posted a response that Kamala Harris sent to me about the Kavanaugh case on Facebook (like the one here), and it received 21 “likes.” Shawn Garvey responded: “She responds! Love it! I never can get an acknowledgement from DiFi!”
To George, it was a “big whoop.” Except no one commented on George’s blog except for “fish.” George’s column at The Union.com — whose commenting interface is Facebook — doesn’t even get 21 “likes.”
The 21 people who “liked” my post all signed their real names. “fish” is a fake name from a troll who launches personal attacks but never has anything interesting or intellectual to say.
Most of the recent comments on George’s blog come from George himself.
I don’t understand the blog either. As a newly minted 75-year-old (his words, not mine), he takes a keen interest in high school football. Three of his last five posts are about local high-school sports. Go figure!
The Union published another rambling rightwing rant from one-time Supervisor and local blowhard Todd Juvinall today on the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings but didn’t bother to correct his own egregious error: Todd referred to Hawaii’s U.S. senator as “Minnie Hirono.” WTF?
Memo to Todd and The Union editors: The Senator’s name is Mazie Hirono, not “Minnie.” Ms. Hirono is the Senate’s only immigrant and its first female Asian-American.
Ms. Hirono’s story is interesting, as she write on her website: “As an immigrant who grew up under difficult circumstances, I recognize that my path to the Senate was unlikely. At the same time, my experiences have shown me the incredible opportunities available in America and have fueled my desire to give back.
“Thanks to my mother’s courage, I was able to take advantage of the educational opportunities available in Hawaii’s public schools. … I went to law school to develop the skills I would need to more effectively advocate for others.”
Meanwhile, Todd wrote about Ms. Hirono in our local paper, stating: “Hawaii’s Senator Minnie Hirono says all you men need to shut up and believe the woman. She is telling the truth and all you men are liars. Wow!”
It is an ignorant remark and a Freudian slip to be sure (for Todd’s benefit, “Freudian slip” refers to “an unintentional error regarded as revealing subconscious feelings”).
And for The Union, more ignorant and sloppy editing. Can you spell “podunk”?
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Editor’s note: This is one of the most pathetic resumes I’ve read for a journalist who deems himself qualified to pass judgment on others’ professional achievements as The Union’s paid weekly columnist— whether it’s other journalists or elected officials. Small towns are a hoot!
“Boardman to cover business for The Union
The Union staff
March 22, 2004
“George Boardman, a veteran journalist and public-relations professional, has been named business reporter for The Union.
“In 2001 and 2002, Boardman served as assistant city editor for The Union. He previously served as a copy editor for the Independent Newspaper Group in the San Francisco Peninsula.
“His extensive resume also includes stints as business editor and city editor for the San Mateo Times in the early 1970s. He worked in public relations for a variety of businesses in the 1980s and worked as a public-relations writer and consultant through much of the 1990s.
“In recent months, he has contributed several free-lance articles for The Union.
“A San Francisco native, Boardman is married to Mimi Boardman, a co-owner of the Stonehouse Restaurant in Nevada City. They have one daughter in Portland, Ore.”
The Union posted a “sneak peak” (sic) of the front-page of Tuesday’s newspaper on Monday evening. This blog already had published the news from two of the four bylined articles, as well as shared it on social media:
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.”
Regular readers here know that The Union’s front-page article on “roofie madness” — vastly under-reported and under-edited — was met with much skepticism in our towns. It was a classic example of podunk journalism.
And sure enough, weeks after a police report was issued citing “no evidence” in the so-called spiking of drinks at Nevada City bars, The Union follows up with, well, the same conclusion. Imagine that! You wonder why it took so long for the followup. (If walls inside a newsroom could talk).
The dumbest sh… (I mean “poop”) in all of this is The Union’s weekly columnist “Board Georgeman,” (AKA George Boardman), who went out of his way to defend the lame report.
“When is there enough ‘information’ to write about an alleged crime?” this doofus wrote. When there is enough “information” beyond a one-source claim, that’s when.
This week, Boardman launched an unsubstantiated attack on our local hospital, claiming its parent’s merger would be a blow to the community. But he offered no concrete evidence —just like his defense of the “roofie madness” reporting.
When will The Union dump George? Or does it hang on to him because he defends the indefensible? Either way, The Union loses credibility.
The Union’s paid weekly columnist George Boardman has become a fierce protector of The Union’s newsgathering practices.
Think of him as the opposite of a newspaper ombudsman and more like a “flack.”
For Boardman, this is par for the course. Despite his desire to be a credible journalist, George has spent more of his career as a p.r. person than a newspaperman. And it shows.
I figure this “brown nosing” is an effort to hang onto his weekly column, which is not that popular, but an ego booster for him.
In the latest example, Boardman is defending The Union’s claims on the front page that “dozens of locals say they’ve been ‘roofied’ at Nevada County bars.”
This conclusion — affecting a wide swath of local businesses — is based on nothing more than hearsay from anonymous people. The Union hasn’t turned up a single toxicology report, videotape, or other hard facts to support this.
It is a reckless approach to newsgathering. But like a bulldog gnawing on a toy squeaker, George won’t let it go.
Instead of “coaching” along the newspaper like a skilled veteran journalist, he touts The Union’s bellringing prowess for the Salvation Army. OK then.