The Wheeling Alternative

Unintended irony on the editorial pages

Documenting the locals' anti-Clinton agenda 15

Criticizing Trump?! (No, it's an excuse to criticize Bill Clinton.)

The first local editorial that contains any criticism of Donald Trump was published yesterday afternoon. Despite attacks on war heroes, women, Muslims, the handicapped, Mexicans, immigrants, and inner-city residents, neither paper has ever had a negative word to . . .

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October 11, 2016

Fact checking the 2nd presidential debate

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 . . .

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October 10, 2016

No "light of information" on Trump or Hurricane Matthew

The Intelligencer once again fails its readership

On August 24, the Wheeling Intelligencer used the anniversary of its founding to once again tell its readers why the Intelligencer is so important to the Ohio Valley:

Now more than ever, The Intelligencer strives to be the reliable, accurate provider of information for our readers. The so-called “Information Age” often resembles . . .

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October 08, 2016

More Representative McKinley PR makes the front page

Congressman given participation award disguised as a real award

Today's front-page of both the Intelligencer and the News-Register carried this story (with accompanying picture):

McKinley Honored for Manufacturing Support

Here are the first two paragraphs:

Thursday, Eagle Manufacturing President Joe Eddy acknowledged U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., with . . .

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October 07, 2016

Justice still owes $15 million in taxes and fines

Just released NPR investigation documents the details

From an investigation from National Public Radio released this morning:

But an NPR investigation shows that Justice's mining companies still fail to pay millions of dollars in mine safety penalties two years after an earlier investigation documented the same behavior. Our analysis of federal data shows that Justice is now . . .

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October 07, 2016

Reading the morning Intelligencer


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 . . .

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October 06, 2016

Last night's debates, media coverage of the "war on coal" and West Virginia's future

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 . . .

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October 05, 2016


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