Mike Myer describes his own Sunday column
Michael Myer's Sunday column,"Straw Man Defense in Play," is about the criticism of his newspaper's editorials on school reform. Myer notes that a number of the critics use the straw man fallacy:
Ever hear of the "straw man" strategy of deflecting criticism? It's used commonly in politics. It . . .
Taking note of the News-Register's assault on economic theory and ethical journalism
Wednesday afternoon's lead editorial, "Taking Note of Assault on West Virginia" references a blog post written by Anna Louie Sussman for the Wall Street Journal last Friday. Sussman's post examines the causes of West Virginia's employment drop. What the News-Register does in its editorial is distort the blog's . . .
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 . . .
The transition to Hillary Clinton has begun.
Even though we are still 16 months from the choosing our next president, the News-Register is already in full election mode. You've probably noticed it -- the anti-Clinton material has been increasing weekly. Today, one-half of the editorial page is devoted to attacks on Clinton; two . . .
Local reporter Ian Hicks covered with sufficient detail and evidence the ramifications of the recent local coal layoffs. The article brought together a number of related stories including the recent WVU study. I especially liked that he looked at additional sources beyond simply relying on Murray Coal - especially for the number of outside . . .