As long as we’re on the subject of misleading the public…

Jeff “Podunk” Pelline just loves to find reasons for criticizing The Union, even stooping to making selective use of the facts if that’s what it takes to get in a cheap shot.

Jeffie’s latest tantrum involves an item in the “Hits & Misses” feature The Union runs every Thursday. One of the “misses” this week was aimed at “insurance companies dropping home insurance policies–or no longer writing them–in Nevada County.”

Under the headline “The Union shows it is clueless about the home insurance business,” Podunk writes on his blog that “The Union is way behind in it’s reporting, as usual. This has been an ongoing problem–long before the recent fires. You wonder about The Union’s sourcing and experience.”

What Podunk didn’t bother to tell his readers is that the paper’s criticism was prompted by a page one story in the same edition reporting that insurance companies have declared a moratorium on policies for houses being sold in Nevada County in the wake of the Lobo and McCourtney fires, a disturbing new development in the local market.

Of course, now that most people get their news from Facebook and other online sources of accurate information, it’s unlikely Podunk’s regular readers saw the story in The Union. That’s what Jeffie’s banking on–ignorance.

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5 Responses to As long as we’re on the subject of misleading the public…

  1. Barry Pruett says:

    Absolutely. The closing on our house in Penn Valley was delayed until Monday as a direct result of the moratorium. The fake news from Pelline has been an issue locally. Thankfully most people are painfully aware that the news as written by Pelline is off

  2. fish says:

    I’ve often thought that you leave a minor error in articles now and again just to watch jeffy flap and squawk in response.

    • You mean The Union made a mistake and I copied it? Jeffie should take a copy editing job at the paper, then he would be doing something useful. Funny how he didn’t mention any of this in his original cheap shot at The Union.

      One more thing. He usually claims my blog is toothless, now he claims my blog is undermining the Truckee real estate market. Which is it, big boy?

  3. fish says:

    One more thing. He usually claims my blog is toothless, now he claims my blog is undermining the Truckee real estate market. Which is it, big boy?

    Odd leaps of logic concerning the net seem to be his thing! I remember back before he’d set the internet sleuths upon me he was just positive the I’d been dispatched by the Koch Bros™ to sow discord and undermine his attempts at enlightening the simple hill people of your quaint community!

    Those were truly fun times!

  4. fish says:

    Here’s a thought: Make The Union’s digital editor Ivan Natividad a weekly columnist. He does a good job with his columns. Unlike Boardman, he “gets” the internet as an agent for change. An example is here. Ivan lives with his wife and three kids in Grass Valley. Yes, a family living and working here.

    If you were this guy would you ever want an endorsement for anything from his Rotundness?

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