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A few more reasons to worry about the growth of Sinclair Broadcasting

With 10/25 update

Like our president, it believes that the rest of the media has not treated it fairly

I’ve been writing about Sinclair Broadcasting’s growth for a couple of months. Here’s some recent additional material from Andy Kroll at Mother Jones:

From the 1980s to the present, Smith and his three brothers built their small family company into the . . .

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October 24, 2017

Biased reporting sometimes comes from what isn’t covered (with 10/20 update)

The locals ignore another important Trump story

If you get your news from any other source than our local “newspapers,” I’m sure that you are aware of the controversial call from President Trump to the widow of one of the soldiers killed in Niger. Here are today’s front page headlines from two national newspapers:

New York Times:

Condolence Call To Widow Ignites Trump Imbroglio

. . .

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October 19, 2017

Hey, it’s free publicity for our local Republican congressmen week!

There’s no news here but that doesn't matter -- maybe it will help their re-election campaigns

Wednesday: McKinley tells Rotarians “coal needs to remain a major part of America’s energy mix”

That’s the breaking news. The front page article also includes the following:

To the Wheeling Rotary Club on Tuesday, McKinley said his No. 1 concern, overall, is jobs.

“We’re talking about taking care of people. I am supportive of wind and solar, . . .

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October 18, 2017

Yet another News-Register editorial lies about an environmental decision (with 10/18 update)

Because that’s what they do

Despite its title, "Don't Just Dismiss Pipeline Concerns," today’s News-Register editorial* primarily focuses on the recent vote to approve two pipelines by the Federal Energy Regulation Commission:

FERC approval came in a 2-1 vote by the agency’s commissioners. Two appointed by President Donald Trump voted in favor. An Obama . . .

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October 17, 2017

Trump's current WV approval/disapproval numbers

Poll shows some erosion since January

From Morning Consult polling:

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Morning Consult's conclusion:

Overall, though, West Virginia carries relatively strong Trump support — tied with Alabama for seconded highest in the country as of September — from a base that continues to be impressed with Trump’s protectionist trade stances, staunch defense of the coal industry and brash . . .

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October 12, 2017

Sinclair Broadcasting updates

Local station WTOV's parent company continues to make news

Today in Salon, Charlie May writes about how the right wing media company has been ignoring requests from the government's regulatory agency:

Right-wing Sinclair Broadcast Group snubs FCC, gets away with it

The subheading reads:

Sinclair’s loyalties lie with the president — which is perhaps why they get a free pass just as Trump . . .

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October 11, 2017

Propagandizing for the coal industry

A look at the Wheeling Intelligencer’s coverage and celebration of the Trump Administration’s override of the Clean Power Plan

National coverage --- editing an AP report

The front page headline of this morning's Wheeling Intelligencer reads:

Trump Administration To Get Rid of Obama's Clean Power Plan

and what follows is the first two-thirds of the AP story. Of course, what was dropped tells another story that local readers don't need to read:

Despite . . .

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October 10, 2017

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