I need to get this out: SFgate.com, the digital component of the SF Chronicle (kind of, not really – more on that later), is a steaming pile of regurgitation, amateurism and SEO run amok. The articles are craptacular, starting with the use of inane stock photos to illustrate stories (not even bothering to change the Getty/Corbis/Shutterstock caption) and incomplete, sometimes incoherent writing.
Because the scope of how much SFGate.com sucks is so large, it’s impossible to cover in a single post. Instead, I’ll just start with what will probably be a series: A look at today’s horrible SFGate.
Breaking News – A dead body (no foul play suspected) at Apple merits the red banner, I suppose. But people probably kick the bucket at Genentech, HP and other big important area companies, too. Sadly, this is a relative good use of the alert. There’ll be examples of typical sorry SFGate use to come.
Latest News – Cruz selecting Fiorina, Hastert’s sentencing and some local items are valid. The weather? Cracker Jack toys? It wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for…
Main Story – SFGate thinks the most important piece of news today is that people are visiting the building used for the opening credits of a 90s sitcom. The cherry on top is the headline. How can people mob a specific place “everywhere you look”? Standard awful writing from the buffoons at SFGate.
Real Estate Ad Count – There are three real estate ads posing as news articles today. I think that’s about the average.
Bonus Reguritation – They’ve been pushing this “Detour” app story on and off for the past year. It’s a good idea for an app, but not worth repeating – unless they’re getting paid to do it, which is entirely possible.
Some News SFGate Doesn’t Think Is Important:
• Trump wins all Super Tuesday states; Clinton wins all but one
• The vile human cheeto also delivers his first foreign policy speech
• US to release report on its bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital
• More racist texts by SFPD discovered