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Ryan Ferns named to Kasich's election team

Intelligencer and News-Register favorite should make a big difference in Kasich's grassroots support

Breaking news from the front page of today's Intelligencer:

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has named West Virginia Sen. Ryan Ferns to lead grassroots efforts to build support for his 2016 presidential bid in the Mountain State.

Great! Ferns has been a long-time supporter and this should put Kasich over-the-top in West Virginia.

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November 05, 2015

Intelligencer alters today's AP story on the Clean Water bill

Just wondering - does the Intelligencer have a code of ethics?

This morning's Intelligencer features a front-page story from the Associated Press on Clean Water Bill. The original AP article barely mentions Senator Joe Manchin and it apparently wasn't anti-EPA enough for the Intelligencer and so they changed it:

First, the "newspaper" added a Manchin picture and then added a long . . .

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November 04, 2015

Another evidence-free editorial on the Clean Power Plan

the repeat, repeat, repeat strategy of persuasion

Last Thusday evening, Wheeling Jesuit University's Appalachian Institute presented a program entitled “Speaking Truth to Power.” One of the two speakers, James Von Nostrand, who is director of the Center for Energy and Sustainable Development at WVU, discussed the various ways in which WV could deal with the Clean Power Plan. After . . .

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November 03, 2015

Reporting test scores

Another "fair and balanced" article from a Wheeling "newspaper"

Here is the headline from yesterday's News-Register front-page article:

Northern Panhandle Schools Flunk Test

And here's the lede:

Northern Panhandle public school districts fared poorly on West Virginia's Smarter Balanced Assessment Test, a review by the Sunday News-Register indicates.

And here's the front-page headline . . .

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November 02, 2015

The Intelligencer and government PR

Criticizing the EPA

This morning's lead editorial, "EPA Spends Big to Improve Image," based upon info from Fox News and the Washington Free Beacon, appears to be blaming the EPA for wasting money. I'm not sure, however.

A couple of reactions:

  1. The editorial says that the EPA is breaking the law. With some research I found . . .

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October 30, 2015

Additional evidence that the "war on coal" is over

Charles Patton, the president of WV's largest electric utility - Appalachian Power, spoke yesterday at the state Energy Summit. David Gutman in this morning's Gazette-Mail reported what Patton said (emphasis is mine):

Coal consumption is not likely to increase, regardless of whether new federal regulations on power plants go into . . .

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October 28, 2015

Morrisey watch 12

dealing with WV's drug problem

Amid all the "blame-Obama for drugs" hoopla that we got last week from state Republicans and our local "newspapers," none of the finger-pointers wanted to mention, let alone blame, the drug companies and their distributors for shipping pain pills into southern West Virginia in numbers that far exceeded the demand. At the . . .

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October 26, 2015

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