The Wheeling Alternative

Propaganda not information: the Intelligencer edits another Associated Press story

I believe that most local readers trust the Associated Press to present a story fairly and with minimal bias. In my own case, I occasionally disagree with the tone or balance of an AP article, but I usually assume that the news agency has tried its best to detail an accurate description of a news event.

On the other hand, I don’t trust . . .

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January 16, 2018

Representative McKinley please note: even Don Blankenship is willing to host a town hall meeting

From the Associated Press via WV Public Broadcasting:

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship is hosting a town hall meeting for voters next week as he revs up his candidacy for the U.S. Senate.

Blankenship's campaign said in a news release Wednesday the meeting will be held Jan. 18 at the Chief Logan Lodge, Hotel and Conference Center . . .

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January 10, 2018

The locals bring us Robert Murray's reactions to the FERC decision

No Trump criticism allowed, however

Both Wheeling papers featured an article about Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray who was not pleased with FERC’s decision to reject the Trump plan to “strengthen the nation’s power grid” by supporting coal and nuclear power plants. The headline

Robert Murray Blasts Federal Agency’s Decision on Power Grid

adequately summarizes the article. In . . .

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January 10, 2018

The Wheeling Alternative wrap-up for 2017

Awards and reader favorites

The Wheeling Alternative Awards for 2017

Worst Editorial(s)

Winner: November attacks on Representative Conyers

In November, the local "newspapers" (especially the afternoon News-Register) carried a number of editorials criticizing Democratic Representative John Conyers for sexual harassment. The earlier editorials told us why . . .

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January 09, 2018

Covering/not covering important coal stories

The Intelligencer edits and buries an important energy decision

You’ll need to turn to page 8 of this morning’s Intelligencer to read about an important energy decision that was made yesterday by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The Intelligencer’s version of the AP report tells us:

An independent energy agency on Monday . . .

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January 09, 2018

Yet another Ogden editorial that tells us "it's the Democrats' fault"

Because it's always their fault

The straw man is back

From this morning’s editorial, “Pass Budget, Then Act on ‘Dreamers,’” in the Wheeling Intelligencer*:

Democratic leaders in Congress seem more interest in political grandstanding than in keeping essential government services available. Their demand regarding budget bills that need to be enacted by January 19 makes that . . .

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January 05, 2018

If you think that the editorials you read in local Ogden newspapers are all written locally, think again

Fake local editorials

If you google “editorial definition” you’ll probably see something similar to the one I found at dictionary.com:

an article in a newspaper or other periodical or on a website presenting the opinion of the publisher, writer, or editor.

That seems accurate. I was reminded of the word's definition as I read an editorial in today’s Wheeling . . .

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January 03, 2018


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