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Maybe Murray Energy does own the local "newspapers"

updated September 11

When I began this blog, I joked and then later semi-joked that the real owner of the local newspapers is Murray Energy. The near-constant coverage of even the most mundane company matters, the PR releases posing as news stories, and of course, the frequent verbatim musings from corporate president Robert Murray that go unchallenged regularly . . .

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September 10, 2015

Natural gas and the clean power plan

More "fair and balanced" front-page news from the Intelligencer

Are we sure Robert Murray (or one of his assistants) isn't writing the front-page stories and editorials for the Intelligencer?

The title for Saturday's anti-Obama, pro-coal-owner editorial in the Intelligencer was "Stop Obama Power Grab." Regular readers of Wheeling "newspapers" probably know that . . .

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August 10, 2015

Reading the Sunday "newspaper"

A surprising story on the front page: "Research Links Living Near Fracking to Illness"

In the year and a half that I have been doing this blog, I have never seen a story on the front page that connects fracking with health problems. I've noted on my blogs during that period the numerous studies that dealt with the . . .

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July 20, 2015

The Intelligencer revisits the fracking report

EPA blamed for not supporting Intelligencer's exaggerated headline and story

What happened:

  1. Last week the EPA announced the results of its study of fracking and the water supply. On Friday local reporter Casey Junkins summarized the report in a front page story, "EPA: Fracking No Water Threat," suggesting that the results were conclusive. On the other hand, a number of media reports about the . . .

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June 10, 2015

Following the EPA fracking report

America's mass media let us down

The EPA's report on fracking came out at the end of last week and most of the news reports suggested that the EPA had concluded that fracking was not a threat to our drinking water. Here, for example, is the original AP article. On Friday, the Intelligencer chose not to run the original AP article and instead featured a front page article . . .

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June 08, 2015

Fracking news update

stories not covered locally

Fracking companies going bankrupt

Bloomberg Business News is reporting that "Half of U.S. Fracking Companies Will Be Dead or Sold This Year."

Half of the 41 fracking companies operating in the U.S. will be dead or sold by year-end because of slashed spending by oil companies, an executive with Weatherford . . .

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April 25, 2015

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