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"Like giving the middle finger to the rest of the country"

This week's New Yorker has a long "reporter at large" article titled "In the Heart of Trump Country" by Larissa MacFarquhar. The reporter spent time in Logan County and she tries to answer the question:

West Virginia used to vote solidly Democratic. Now it belongs to Trump. What happened?

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October 13, 2016

Watching the West Virginia debate for governor 2

Yes, I watched the governor's debate. (Although I will confess to switching from time to time to see how the Nationals/Dodgers game was going.) This debate was not much different from the first. Neither candidate impressed me although Cole at least answered more of the questions put to him. Hoppy Kercheval was the moderator and I thought, . . .

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October 11, 2016

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

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