Regular readers of his blog know that Podunk Pelline has a double standard for activities in these parts: There’s one standard that applies to Jeffie and a second standard that applies to everybody else.
A good example can be found on his blog, where he offered yet another criticism of The Union under the headline “The Union’s ‘roofied’ article is podunk journalism,” in which he actually comments on a news story.
This is unusual for Jeffie, who generally zeros in on the writing of the publisher, editor and various columnists (I believe I’m the leader in the latter category) for failing to adhere to the kind of progressive thinking that will attract a younger readership.
Now the alleged former big-time journalist finds fault with a story about a woman who claims she was drugged at a bar in Nevada City. Podunk wrote there “is not enough proof to justify such prominent placement of the report. It is one-source article from…” the alleged victim. The Union “should have waited for more information before it published this article.”
When is there enough “information” to write about an alleged crime? Stories routinely appear in the news media about people being arrested before they are formally charged and long before they go to trial. And what about Harvey Weinstein and Roy Moore? All we have to go on is what their alleged victims are saying.
Stories are even written about crimes–like bank robberies–before anybody is arrested and charged with the crime. (Jeffie knows about bank robberies in his high-crime neighborhood.)
Pelline claims the story is single-source even though the owner of the bar is quoted along with the alleged victim. Pelline doesn’t mention this and doesn’t identify the establishment, strange for an alleged professional journalist.
Aw, but then you read the article in The Union and discover the bar was the Golden Era Lounge, a regular advertiser in Podunk’s “magazine” that has received lavish praise from the publisher, starting before it even opened.
Podunk should have disclosed this conflict of interest. After all, he criticized The Union a couple of weeks ago for not disclosing Dollar General is a potential advertiser when the paper criticized the county planning commission’s handling of the zoning for the stores:
“The Union’s conflict of interest in supporting Dollar General stores”.https://sierrafoothillsreport.com/2017/11/03/the-unions-conflict-of-interest-in-supporting-dollar-general-stores/
But then as we know, there are two standards of conduct in Jeffie land.
ONE MORE THING: I hope Jeffie didn’t hurt his arm patting himself on his substantial back for contributing $100 to the journalism students at Bear River HS, and advising the teacher on how to get more publicity. As I’ve observed in the past, he possesses the rare ability to strut while seated. “Modesty” is not a word you’ll find in his lexicon.
He challenged me to match his $100 after I wrote about the program in my Union column and contributed $25. I figure the student journalist will get more mileage out of $25 donation and positive coverage on The Union’s editorial page than they’ll get from $100 and a plug in Pelline’s blog.