Media fact checking of speeches and debates by national news sources is increasing -- most national events which feature speakers now garner multiple news sources checking the accuracy of the speaker or debaters. To the detriment of local readers, however, I can remember only a few times when a Wheeling "newspaper" published one of . . .
Big front-page news!
"Blankenship Plans Booklet Release"
This is the top story on this morning's front page. (A potentially catastrophic hurricane is bearing down on Florida but it could only make it to page 5.) Okay, the story does have interest for some West Virginian's. Still, someone needs to . . .
While I was writing about last night's West Virginia gubernatorial debate there was another debate going on between the Republican and Democratic vice presidential candidates. The statements of Mike Pence and Tim Kaine have been fact-checked here and here and apparently the "war on coal" did play a part in the debate. Here is . . .
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.. . .
Newsweek examines the Right's strategy in attacking Clinton's "deplorables" and "putting coal miners out of work" speeches
Neil Buchanan writing in Newsweek on Saturday:
Trump and his people are now rolling out the oldest of Republican campaign themes: Find a statement by a Democrat that can be taken out of context, repeat it endlessly and claim to be horrified that Democrats could be so unfeeling, callous, or unpatriotic. Trump is, finally, a true . . .
Updated September 9
What is left out of the locals' coverage of the benefit bill for retired miners?
On today's front pages, instead of using the Associated Press' coverage (most recently, here) of the effort to pass legislation for retired miners, the local "newspapers" use an article written by their energy reporter and chief . . .
A documentary about WV's future?
From the homepage of the documentary "After Coal":
What happens when fossil fuels run out? "After Coal" profiles inspiring individuals who are building a new future in the coalfields of eastern Kentucky and South Wales.
This hour long documentary brings viewers to the front lines of the transition away . . .