The Wheeling Alternative

More than "weird"

The WV governor's race

Four weeks ago, I highlighted an article from Politico which asked "Is West Virginia Holding America's Weirdest Election?" It's funny what distance does to perspective -- Politico's description of our governor's race doesn't seem to be as much of an overstatement as it did at the time.

In today's . . .

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October 28, 2016

Documenting the locals' anti-Clinton agenda 17

The Intelligencer makes major changes to a balanced front-page AP report on the election

Once again The Intelligencer has decided to expand its anti-Clinton agenda from the opinion page to include the front page. (Don't worry that the opinion page is being neglected, today's features this editorial: "Clinton Wrong on Critical Concerns.") Using the front page of the paper for their anti-Clinton agenda is not . . .

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October 28, 2016

The future of coal and West Virginia's response

A couple of important articles about the future of coal from scholarly and industry sources

Today's online edition of Forbes magazine carries a blog post by Steve Cicala from the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago. Cicala explains his purpose:

I’d like to use this post to address a common . . .

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October 27, 2016

Third party candidates in West Virginia

Is the system rigged against them?

I realize that when the results are not what we hoped, we sometimes rationalize by suggesting that the system is "rigged." Earlier today I reread my posts on the gubernatorial debates in West Virginia. I was once again struck by how both the Democratic and Republican candidates seem to be totally clueless to all of the changes that . . .

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October 26, 2016

Documenting the locals' anti-Clinton agenda 16

More hypocrisy from the Wheeling "newspapers"

Yesterday, I documented how local Ohio Congressman Bill Johnson has changed his mind on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and yet the locals' front-page article about his views on trade said nothing about it. Today, both local "newspapers" featured a similar front-page story, "West Virginia Lawmakers Oppose Trade Deal," . . .

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October 25, 2016

More "fair and balanced" coverage from the Intelligencer

Covering the Ohio congressional election

Fair?

The Monday morning top-of-the-page headline tells us:

Johnson, Lorentz Oppose Trade Agreements

Despite the article's title, it's not until about halfway into the article that we eventually learn the trade views of local Ohio Republican representative, Bill Johnson, and his Democratic . . .

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October 24, 2016

A scholarly article and a Mike Myer column

Similarities and differences

Similarities

Earlier this week, the Associated Press made available to news sources that subscribe to its services an article by Mark Major, who teaches political science at Penn State and is the Associate Director of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy. The article is part of the AP's excellent "The Conversation US" . . .

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October 22, 2016

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