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A News-Register editorial tells us that Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament has the same power to incite violence as Donald Trump

Here is the poster that was used by Pearl Jam to advertise their concert in Missoula, Montana earlier this week:

Republicans and one of our local . . .

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August 18, 2018

From today's front page: Senator Capito told an Intelligencer reporter on Tuesday that “tax reform has helped West Virginia”

How is this news? Doesn't relevance or timeliness count anymore?

Here are the first two paragraphs from a story featured on the front page of both of today’s local papers:

U.S. Sen. Shelley Capito attributes an improving West Virginia economy to Trump tax reforms passed late last year.

Capito, R-W.Va., spoke Tuesday on the effects of the tax reforms while visiting Wheeling. Earlier in the . . .

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August 17, 2018

Some thoughts on yesterday’s Ogden editorials on Trump’s media attacks

Yesterday, both the Wheeling Intelligencer and the Wheeling News-Register responded to a call by the Boston Globe for editorials that dealt with Trump's "enemy of the people" rhetoric. Some thoughts:

1. I was surprised and happy to see that our local “newspapers” were finally willing to criticize President Trump.

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August 17, 2018

Revisiting Trump's racism and the local papers' silence on it

At the end of April, local editor Mike Myer devoted his Sunday column to racism arguing that we needed to find "a solution to bigotry." I reacted by doing a blog post that began:

Sunday morning's Mike Myer column, “Let’s Find A Solution To Bigotry,” made a number of points about racism. After giving a personal . . .

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August 15, 2018

What is news?

A look at how the Wheeling Intelligencer and national newspapers handled the report on priest molestation in Pennsylvania (with afternoon update)

The top story on last evening’s network newscasts was the report from a Pennsylvania grand jury that Roman Catholic priests had molested over 1,000 children.

How did major U.S. newspapers handle the story?

Here are the headlines from this morning’s Kiosko.net:

The New York Times put it at the top of their front . . .

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August 15, 2018

The Boston Globe wants newspapers on Thursday to editorially respond to President Trump’s attacks upon the news media

What will our local Ogden papers do?

From CNN Media:

The Boston Globe has been contacting newspaper editorial boards and proposing a "coordinated response" to President Trump's escalating "enemy of the people" rhetoric.

"We propose to publish an editorial on August 16 on the dangers of the administration's assault on the press . . .

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August 12, 2018

Covering/not covering Mac Warner’s West Virginia election security

It’s not about security; it’s about publicity for the secretary of state

A look at Secretary of State Warner’s self-congratulatory op-ed piece

Mac Warner, West Virginia’s Secretary of State, has an op-ed in this morning’s Wheeling News-Register about what he and the state are doing to secure elections. His use of hyperbole and self-congratulations is a bit much, however. He sets the tone early in the . . .

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August 12, 2018

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