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Did the Justice Department release something important yesterday?

I must be wrong – there’s nothing about it in this morning’s Intelligencer

If you watched any national news yesterday on network or cable channels, the top story was the same. If you go to Kiosko, you'll find that all five of today’s featured papers plus The Wall Street Journal placed it at the top of their front page. As the Associated Press headlined it in one of its many reports:

Watchdog: Comey ‘ . . .

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June 15, 2018

Remember that Department of the Interior study on the health impacts of mountain removal that was canceled last year for no apparent reason?

You’ll be glad to know that Interior’s inspector general investigated why it was canceled

Unfortunately, we still don’t have a reason for the cancelation

On Tuesday, Reuters published an important story on why last year’s major study of the effects of mountaintop removal was abruptly terminated:

The U.S. Interior Department has been unable to adequately explain why it canceled a $1 million study on the public health impacts of . . .

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June 14, 2018

Another brick in the advertising/editorial wall?

No, there is no wall at Ogden

An increasingly important topic for media ethicists is the wall that should exist between news content and advertising; specifically, the important principle that the advertising side of a medium does not influence the editorial side. For Ogden, there’s not much wall – especially when the advertiser is Ogden itself.

Last year, for example, . . .

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June 13, 2018

Mr. Metaphor strikes again (with 6/13 update)

More local front-page coverage for WVU President E. Gordon Gee

Apparently, yesterday was WVU Academic Media Day and our local papers sent reporter Linda Comins to cover the events of the day. The keynote speaker was WVU President E. Gordon Gee (who else could it be?) and thus his comments became front-page news for this morning's Wheeling Intelligencer:

Gee Says West Virginia Forward Initiative Is . . .

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June 12, 2018

Hey, wasn't there an important meeting of world leaders yesterday?

Yes, and the Wheeling News-Register managed to find room for 1/3 of the AP report on page 4!

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Rather than cover the G-7 meeting of world leaders, the Wheeling News-Register had more important stories to cover on its front page. By the size of its headline, the biggest story of the day was the Strawberry Festival in Martins Ferry:

A Berry Blast From The Past in Martins Ferry

Next to it was:

Gifts for Different Types of Dads

(This . . .

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June 10, 2018

Choosing winners and losers

Mike Myer knows his audience: Yes, it's another column that scapegoats Obama

Today’s Mike Myer column, "Picking Winners and Losers," is mostly an attack upon the Obama administration’s supposed “war on coal.” Of course, Myer totally ignores the obvious – that market forces, especially cheap natural gas, is the primary cause for coal’s decline. As Joshua Rhodes wrote in Forbes earlier this week:

Quite . . .

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June 09, 2018

Today's Wheeling News-Register editorial lectures us on the imperial president

Updated 6/8

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In just the last week, President Trump asserted the absolute right to pardon himself:

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June 07, 2018

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