The Wheeling Alternative

Maybe Murray Energy does own the local "newspapers"

updated September 11

When I began this blog, I joked and then later semi-joked that the real owner of the local newspapers is Murray Energy. The near-constant coverage of even the most mundane company matters, the PR releases posing as news stories, and of course, the frequent verbatim musings from corporate president Robert Murray that go unchallenged regularly . . .

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September 10, 2015

Not exactly a profile in courage

Joe Manchin will vote against the agreement with Iran

Senator Joe Manchin announced yesterday that:

. . . . he will oppose the nuclear deal with Iran.

Manchin says Tuesday the Iranian regime has shown no signs of changing its behavior and the deal involving world power does "nothing to guarantee that behavior changes."

For months Manchin had . . .

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September 09, 2015

Alaska and climate change

The Intelligencer is still in denial

Here's the shorter version of this morning's Intelligencer editorial, "Scare Tactics Have a History in Alaska:" because some "radical environmentalists" may have been wrong once in the 1970s, we should never trust any scientist again.

The president's current Alaskan tour features the environment and so . . .

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September 03, 2015

Some recent polls and surveys

Reporting poll results - the Intelligencer and Gazette-Mail decide what's important

Orion Strategies of Charleston conducted a poll of West Virginians last month. What you may have learned about the poll, however, probably depends upon whether you live in Wheeling or Charleston. (What each chose to cover may also tell you . . .

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September 02, 2015

Intelligencer accuse the president of diverting attention from real issues

(updated September 1) (updated September 2)

If you didn't see this morning's editorial, "Diverting Attention From Real Issues," you missed a 217 word personal attack on the president. The excuse is that the president has criticized those who disagree with him about the Iranian nuclear treaty. (The nerve of that president!) Here's an example from the editorial:

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August 31, 2015

Lying about the president and alternative energy sources

Just another Intelligencer editorial

Yesterday's editorial is a two-for-one. Not only does the editorial purposely distort for its own purposes President Obama's use of the word "crazy," it lies about the use of alternatives.

Here are the last four paragraphs:

So no one is attempting to keep consumers, through the utilities that serve . . .

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August 28, 2015

An editorial on WV job loss

Taking note of the News-Register's assault on economic theory and ethical journalism

Wednesday afternoon's lead editorial, "Taking Note of Assault on West Virginia" references a blog post written by Anna Louie Sussman for the Wall Street Journal last Friday. Sussman's post examines the causes of West Virginia's employment drop. What the News-Register does in its editorial is distort the blog's . . .

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August 27, 2015

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