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What important bills are being considered by the West Virginia legislature?

The answer depends upon which newspaper you read

There’s a media theory that argues that our mass media influence us more by what they choose to talk about than what they say about the subject. Agenda-setting theory, as it’s called, argues that that the media are important in our culture primarily because they tell us what we should think about rather than telling us what to think.*

I . . .

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January 19, 2018

Time for a reality check: an Intelligencer editorial about who's to blame for a government shutdown

Yes, it will be the fault of congressional liberals whose power far exceeds their numbers

Liberals are to blame: it’s an old Intelligencer argument. For example, readers may not know this but liberals intimidated the West Virginia's legislature (see here) back in 2016 and they also attempted to shut down the government earlier this year (here). Accordingly, if the government does shut down tomorrow, readers will need to forget . . .

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January 18, 2018

On the cheap: the Nutting’s business plans for newspapers and baseball teams

News on the Cheap: The Ogden Newspapers’ Business Plan

  1. Minimize costs by cutting workers, overworking those who are left, and underpaying them.
  2. Utilize economies of scale by printing previously-used local editorials throughout the chain.
  3. Periodically publish columns and editorials reminding readers what a great job the newspaper is . . .

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January 17, 2018

Propaganda not information: the Intelligencer edits another Associated Press story

I believe that most local readers trust the Associated Press to present a story fairly and with minimal bias. In my own case, I occasionally disagree with the tone or balance of an AP article, but I usually assume that the news agency has tried its best to detail an accurate description of a news event.

On the other hand, I don’t trust . . .

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January 16, 2018

Representative McKinley please note: even Don Blankenship is willing to host a town hall meeting

From the Associated Press via WV Public Broadcasting:

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship is hosting a town hall meeting for voters next week as he revs up his candidacy for the U.S. Senate.

Blankenship's campaign said in a news release Wednesday the meeting will be held Jan. 18 at the Chief Logan Lodge, Hotel and Conference Center . . .

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January 10, 2018

The locals bring us Robert Murray's reactions to the FERC decision

No Trump criticism allowed, however

Both Wheeling papers featured an article about Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray who was not pleased with FERC’s decision to reject the Trump plan to “strengthen the nation’s power grid” by supporting coal and nuclear power plants. The headline

Robert Murray Blasts Federal Agency’s Decision on Power Grid

adequately summarizes the article. In . . .

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January 10, 2018

The Wheeling Alternative wrap-up for 2017

Awards and reader favorites

The Wheeling Alternative Awards for 2017

Worst Editorial(s)

Winner: November attacks on Representative Conyers

In November, the local "newspapers" (especially the afternoon News-Register) carried a number of editorials criticizing Democratic Representative John Conyers for sexual harassment. The earlier editorials told us why . . .

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January 09, 2018

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