Wheeling “newspapers” and our congressional representative on the CBO and the national debt
The local "newspapers"
Wikipedia describes the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) as
a federal agency within the legislative branch of the United States government that provides budget and economic information to Congress.
As it and other sources point out, it's nonpartisan as it reviews the possible impacts of major . . .
A look at the Wheeling Intelligencer’s coverage and celebration of the Trump Administration’s override of the Clean Power Plan
National coverage --- editing an AP report
The front page headline of this morning's Wheeling Intelligencer reads:
Trump Administration To Get Rid of Obama's Clean Power Plan
and what follows is the first two-thirds of the AP story. Of course, what was dropped tells another story that local readers don't need to read:
Despite . . .
At the top of this morning's front page is the story:
Judge: EPA Must Identify Coal Job Losses
As with the November article, this one:
quotes the . . .
This morning's Wheeling Intelligencer carries yet another Murray Energy press release disguised as an actual news article. "EPAResponds To Court Ruling On Clean Air Act" is mislabeled. A more accurate title would be "Murray Energy Responds to EPA" since two-thirds of the article covers Murray Energy's response with . . .
Some additional coverage of Trump's Pittsburgh energy speech
Of course, there were no discouraging words to be found in local reporter and fossil fuel propagandist Casey Junkins' coverage of Donald Trump's speech to the energy conference in Pittsburgh last Thursday. (I wrote about it here.) There were certainly some in the national media, however. Here's a summary of some of those reports.. . .
Old whatever (it wasn't news back in August) gets recycled for another front-page story
Today's front-page of the Wheeling Intelligencer has what is most-likely an old Morrisey PR release posing as an actual news story. The article by Joselyn King features Attorney General Morrisey (with a picture) and has this headline:
Doctors Endorse Morrisey's Opiod Plan
Here's the lede:
The West Virginia Osteopathic Medical . . .
(It wasn't the first time and it probably won't be the last)
I've written about "astroturfing" a couple of times. Here's how I explained it back in 2014:
The Online Slang Dictionary defines astroturfing as "the creation of lobbying groups that appear to be separate from corporate interests, but that are actually funded by them. As opposed to "grassroots" political . . .