Former President Obama conducted a "vendetta" against the fossil fuel industry and West Virginians during his time in office. At least that is what a number of editorials in Ogden "newspapers" told us during his presidency. The reason for this "vendetta" was never explained. Was it because he was not from West Virginia? Was it because he was a Democrat? Black? From Chicago? All of the above? Who knows? For the locals, the "vendetta" or "blood feud" worked as an all-purpose motive which simply denied the president the possibility that there could be a logical reason for actions our papers disliked. (In practical terms, this would include all of Obama's actions.)
Obama is gone but not for Ogden "newspapers." Rather than criticizing any actions of our current president, the morning Intelligencer reached back to the good old days for its editorial, "Radioactive Waste Storage Plan Vital." In a very short editorial about the Yucca Flats nuclear waste depository, it finds room for the following:
Former President Barack Obama’s scuttling of the all-of-the-above energy policy our nation needs included a move most people in our region probably did not notice. Give Obama’s vendetta against coal and other fossil fuels, that is understandable.
As I quickly learned in doing some research on Yucca Flats, this is a complex issue and the 137 word editorial does no justice to either side. But that assumes that the purpose of the editorial was to inform and persuade. No, the purpose was to take yet another cheap shot at the former president rather than deal with the present one. Can an anti-Hillary editorial be far behind?