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"The Onion" is the answer to the question "who could have predicted that Donald Trump would become president?"

Real fake news got it right back in 2012!

My hunch is that most of my readers are familiar with The Onion, a satirical online news site that uses the conventions of the news business to satirize mainstream news. There are many reasons for its success but I think its ability to closely imitate the style and substance of real news is an important element in its success -- the story may . . .

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January 24, 2017

The hypocrisy begins

"Fair and accurate" are not words that come to my mind when describing the local "newspapers"

I'm in the process of putting together a blog post on how our local "newspapers" are covering the Trump administration. However, this morning's Wheeling Intelligencer editorial, "Media Not All Biased," has temporarily placed that post on a back burner.

The editorial begins:

One can hardly . . .

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January 23, 2017

Shorter Joe Manchin: I'm the principled one, everyone else is "playing politics"

The senator apparently has no self-awareness

Senator Joe Manchin on Jeff Sessions' nomination:

Sen. Joe Manchin said that his fellow Senate Democrats are "playing politics" with the confirmation of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general.

"Am I the only one voting for Jeff?" he asked in an interview with the Washington Examiner.

. . .

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January 20, 2017

Dino Joe at it again

(with 1/19 update)

Voting for him isn't enough and so tomorrow he'll introduce Rick Perry

Talking Points Memo just posted that West Virginia Democratic senator Joe Manchin will introduce Trump's nominee for Energy Secretary:

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is doing everything he can not to be labeled as a liberal in his upcoming . . .

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January 18, 2017

News from the war on coal

You don't need a weatherman to know which way the CO2 blows . . . .

Yesterday, from Vox:

China’s war on coal continues — the country just canceled 104 new coal plants

Similarly from Reuters:

In latest move, China halts over 100 coal power projects

On the other hand, from . . .

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January 18, 2017

Senator Joe

Still a Democrat but looking a lot like a Republican

As the Trump administration is about to begin, West Virginia Democratic senator Joe Manchin continues to give the appearance that he's really a Republican. For example, while he has supported not eliminating Obamacare, that's because a replacement is not in place. He's also been willing to work with Republicans on that . . .

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January 17, 2017

Reading the weekend opinion pieces

Saturday: Think Russian meddling in our elections is bad? Mike Myer explains the extent of their anti-fracking propaganda

Since this is another column attacking liberals (aren’t they all?), Myer starts by setting-up his usual straw-man:

Among some liberals, two contentions have become virtual articles of faith:
1. . . .

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January 16, 2017

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