YubaNet: All the news that fits…its political agenda

YubaNet made its reputation covering forest fires, a vital and much-needed service in an area that’s just one spark away from a major conflagration. But its attempt to become a genuine news source for the foothills is pretty much smoke-and-mirrors.

What passes for news at the web site is basically press releases and opinion pieces picked up from other sources. And as we saw earlier this week, the news it runs is heavily influenced by the political leanings of the owners.

As everybody who cares knows by now, the Nevada City Council will hold a special meeting Wednesday to consider a resolution supporting the Nevada City Police Department in particular and law enforcement in general.

The meeting was called in an attempt to minimize the damage created when Council member Reinette Senum wrote on her Facebook page that America’s policemen are essentially paid assassins. The reaction has brought our quaint little tourist trap a lot of negative publicity it can do without.

None of this is apparent to anybody who is foolish enough to rely on YubaNet for local news. The “news” site ran a press release Monday announcing the meeting along with the text of the proposed resolution, but not a word as to “why” the meeting was being held.

Reader Bruce Herring got to the point: “Nice piece. But I must ask, why is there nothing regarding Ms. Senums’ (sic) social media statement?” YubaNet’s reply: “The city has decided to have a special meeting, that’s the news.” It then cut off comments on the article.

So much for reporting the news without fear or favor. Clearly, Senum is one of their favorites, and they don’t want to embarrass her any more than she’s already embarrassed herself. But by letting their personal views influence their news coverage, the management of YubaNet is doing a disservice to its readers.

I have no problem with YubaNet taking any position it wants. But if it’s going to let its political bias infect its news coverage, it should at least publish a disclaimer at the top of its “news” section.

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8 Responses to YubaNet: All the news that fits…its political agenda

  1. Todd Juvinall says:

    Funny how even I wroe to ask the Yubanet babe be allowed to stay in America. So have we seen any thanks? Nope. And I am told there are other reasons the Yubanet folks are not going to do anything to hurt Senum.

  2. “Podunk” Pelline is now criticizing this post as an “uncalled for attack” on YubaNet. In doing so, he displays his usual intellectual dishonesty.

    He reports my observation that news coverage on the site in largely “smoke and mirrors,” and attributes that claim to the “fact” that YubaNet doesn’t agree with my views. (Pelline is apparently also a mind reader.)

    In creating this detour, Pelline avoids having to explain the real reason I criticized YubaNet. That’s because not even he can justify YubaNet’s unwillingness to explain why the Nevada City Council scheduled an emergency meeting.

    Is that the best you can do, Jeffy? As they say in Texas, big hat, no cattle.

  3. According to Pelline, I’m being roasted on Facebook for my comments about YubaNet. But a look at the five comments on his Facebook page 16 hours after he posted his criticism shows a decided lack of heat.

    One woman wrote,”I don’t even understand what he said.” That’s what happens when you rely on Pelline’s distorted characterization of what I wrote instead of reading the original post yourself.

    Another woman wrote she can’t believe I’m paid, while a third chimed in that I must be a bit jealous.(I can feel the heat all right.) Finally there was Jennifer Montgomery, apparently a Placer County supervisor, who wrote: “YubaNet is a highly valued community news source in Nevada and Placer counties…”‘

    I’;m willing to bet she based her comment on Pelline’s distorted characterization of what I wrote and never bothered to look at the original post. Is this the kind of thorough analysis she applies to all of her decision making? I’m glad she doesn’t represent me.

    I think Jeffy’s in a bad mood because he didn’t get the contract to overhaul the ERC’s web site. He got beat out by some Podunk outfit in Chico! LOL.

    • Todd Juvinall says:

      Where is Montgomeries comment? She is a lefty who defeated a rightie a few years ago. I think she beat Bruce Kranz. He was a Republican and was a Park Sup for the Feds if I recall. They ad to take him out and pulled all the stops in their Fifth District.

      Pelline is truly as irelevant as I am. No one cares what he writes. I get more traffic in numbers and comments. Even that loon Frisch from Truckee comes and attacks me. As he did today. I let him post his slander. Pelline, boots is all.

    • Montgomery’s comment is–or was–on Pelline’s Facebook page.

  4. Judith Lowry says:

    I agree Mr. Boardman,
    ” . . . Fear or favor . . . “, I had forgotten that phrase in the journalistic code.
    Yubanet does seem to be showing some bias by incompletely reporting this story.
    Here’s a quote which may be applicable.
    “The slickest way in the world to lie is to tell the right amount of truth at the right time-and then shut up.”
    ― Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

  5. At 11:30 a.m. this morning, all 10 “news” stories listed in the regional section at YubaNet were press releases. As we know, press releases are always a reliable source for accurate news and information.

  6. In fairness to YubaNet, I have to concede that some of the press releases were better written and more informative than the drivel you find in Sierra FoodWineArt.

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