The Wheeling Alternative

Oh the irony: Trump uses a phrase borrowed from Hillary Clinton and the Intelligencer headlines it

The largest headline in this morning’s Wheeling Intelligencer proclaims

Trump Calls for a ‘New American Moment’

The first paragraph from the Associated Press story explains the context:

Addressing a deeply divided nation, President Donald Trump called for a “new American moment” of unity Tuesday night and challenged lawmakers to make good . . .

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January 31, 2018

Wheeling Intelligencer readers: you may think that you read an unbiased Associated Press assessment of Trump’s first year in office earlier today.

You didn’t. You read a highly-edited AP report that kept the positives while dropping most of the negatives.

Last night, the Associated Press assessed the Trump presidency on a wide range of topics as the president gets ready to deliver his first State of the Union address tonight. Unfortunately for local readers, the Intelligencer edited out much that was neutral or negative while keeping most of what was positive. (36% of the original article was . . .

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January 30, 2018

Charleston Gazette-Mail to enter Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Ogden Newspapers likely to become the new owner

From the Charleston Gazette-Mail late this afternoon:

The owners of the Charleston Gazette-Mail agreed Monday to take the company into Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Wheeling Newspapers is currently the high bidder to assume ownership of the company.

The company, operated by the Nutting family, owns more than 40 daily newspapers across the nation, . . .

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January 29, 2018

The Wheeling News-Register lends what credibility it has left to yet another conspiracy theory

Forget Benghazi and Russian uranium deals, it's the "deep state"

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Earlier this week, a number of congressional Republicans hyped a story that some FBI agents were part of a "secret society" that was conspiring against President Trump. According to two Republican representatives, new evidence had surfaced in a text message between two FBI agents that proved the existence of such a group. The . . .

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January 28, 2018

Murray Energy and the Trump administration

With a picture of Robert Murray and Rick Perry that you weren't supposed to see

Contributions and then policy

From yesterday’s New York Times, an article titled:

Trump Groups Raised Millions, Then Paid It Out to Loyalists and a Trump Hotel

It begins:

A pair of groups supporting President Trump say they raised $30 million last year, then spent tens of thousands of those dollars at the Trump International Hotel here and . . .

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January 26, 2018

Sexual harassment (with 1/26 update)

According to the local papers, is it something only Democrats do? And is it all Obama's fault?

In a 17-day period two months ago, the two Wheeling “newspapers” carried 23 articles that mentioned John Conyers, a Democratic African-American congressman from Michigan. (See here.) In the same period, there were three editorials that dealt only with Conyers. Both the articles and editorials dealt with the harassment charges against Conyers . . .

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January 24, 2018

What’s Senator Joe been saying and doing?

Manchin: “This place sucks.” (But he’ll run anyway.)

From the New York Times:

Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia told colleagues on Tuesday that he intended to run for re-election this year after all, ending an anxiety-making flirtation with retirement and easing Democratic fears that the most conservative Democrat in the Senate was . . .

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January 24, 2018


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