What’s in a nickname?

July 6, 2011

Governor Moonbeam has big plans for California sun

SAN FRANCISCO, July 1 (Reuters) – California plans to get a third of its electricity from wind, solar and other renewable energy, but Governor “Moonbeam” Jerry Brown wants more. Soon.

The feisty 73-year-old who brings a former seminarian’s zeal to environmentalism sees green jobs reinvigorating the economy and restoring California’s position as world leader in clean energy.

I’m writing to let you know I find it inexcusable for Reuters to have referred to Gov. Brown of California as “Moonbeam,” in an article on the state’s energy plan.

That nickname originated as an insult, and doesn’t belong in your article. That nickname also was abandoned long ago by Californians, suggesting that the article’s author and the editor are relying on decades old misinformation.

The nickname is only used these days by people engaging in partisan politics, which casts grave doubt on Reuters alleged neutrality as a source of news.

One expects this kind of childishness from Fox News, but now I will have to include Reuters in that dumpster.


Really? You don’t think this sentence, which was used in the story, justifies using that word?

“I didn’t get my name Governor Moonbeam for nothing! I earned it, by advocating ideas that were not popular,” said Brown, who earned the nickname Governor “Moonbeam” three decades ago when he wanted California to buy a satellite.

GBU Editor

California Governor Jerry Brown speaks after vetoing the budget passed the day before by state legislators in Los Angeles, California June 16, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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