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Blankenship decision follow-up

Local "newspapers" eventually cover decision

After the yesterday morning's Intelligencer did not cover the decision, the Friday afternoon News-Register covered (for some reason this is not available online) the Blankenship court decision with parts of an AP report. About 30% of the AP report was dropped including the . . .

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December 05, 2015

Covering the Blankenship decision

A screenshot is worth a thousand words

A tale of two newspapers

Here are screenshots of the Charleston Gazette-Mail's coverage of the decision in the Blankenship trial (four full pages):

Silvrback blog image

And here is a screenshot of the Wheeling Intelligencer's coverage of the same decision (nothing):

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December 04, 2015

"When we err, we . . . . make corrections" -- Mike Myer, 11/8/15

That, or we write a new article and pretend the first one didn't happen!

Yes, without admitting that yesterday's Intelligencer article on Little Blue Run was factually erroneous and its headline misleading (see next post down), this morning's edition tells us that a settlement was reached between WV homeowners and FirstEnergy in the Little Blue Run lawsuit. (Actually, it isn't a totally new report -- . . .

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December 02, 2015

Reporting the Little Blue Run decision

Sloppy writing/editing or the usual pro-coal company bias?

In the last 18 months, I've written about Little Blue Run a couple of times. (Most recently here.) Located at the tip of West Virginia's panhandle and reaching into Pennsylvania, the First Energy pond is the largest coal ash dump in the country. The pond has produced a host of problems for the local Pennsylvania and West Virginia . . .

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December 01, 2015

Documenting local coverage of the United Nations Climate Summit

From the Associated Press earlier today:

With dramatic vows to save future generations from an overheated planet, the largest gathering ever of world leaders began two weeks of talks Monday aimed at producing the most far-reaching pact yet to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and avert environmental havoc.

Using the . . .

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November 30, 2015

Coal news you may have missed

Robert Murray speaks to a recent fossil fuels gathering in Texas and praises Representative Lamar Smith for "investigating" scientists

Politicus summarizes:

At a Texas Public Policy Foundation event this week where the fossil fuel industry gathered to plot their attacks on the climate, the owner and CEO of . . .

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November 30, 2015

Reading the Tuesday morning Intelligencer

The Murray Energy decision and Wheeling Jesuit panels

Spinning the Mine Safety and Health Administration decision

Word from Murray Energy on how the local "newspapers" should handle an unfavorable court decision apparently took longer than expected. Today, six days after the decision was rendered, the Wheeling Intelligencer finally got around to covering the story. (I . . .

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November 24, 2015

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