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The planet be damned

EPA administrator and former Murray Energy lobbyist Andrew Wheeler continues his work for the coal industry (with UPDATE)

(Note -- this post was originally published on Tuesday but the notice to subscribers has apparently just gone out today (Thursday) at 9:19 AM.)

Here's the headline from the Washington Post earlier today:

Trump EPA finalizes rollback of key Obama climate rule that targeted coal plants

It begins:

. . .

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June 19, 2019

“News sure travels slowly in these here parts”

The Wheeling Intelligencer once again demonstrates its commitment to bringing us the news in a timely manner

Covering Wheeling Heritage's renewal

At the top of the front page of this morning's Wheeling Intelligencer is this headline:

National Parks Service: Wheeling Heritage Re-Authorized

Reporter Joselyn King tells us:

The National Parks Service deemed Wheeling Heritage worthy of continued . . .

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June 17, 2019

This is why incumbents seldom lose

WV Senator Shelley Moore Capito demonstrates that small market media will accept anything for filler

Free television exposure

Politicians know that if you give small-market TV stations (the only kind found in West Virginia) any material (as Representative McKinley has frequently demonstrated, the news requirement of timeliness is frequently waved), the station will run it. This time it’s Senator Shelley Moore Capito talking about . . .

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June 15, 2019

June 14th is Flag Day AND Trump's birthday

A look at some tweets and a video clip

From Congressman David J. McKinley

From President Trump

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June 14, 2019

This reminds me of the old joke that begins "two narcissists walk into a bar and the first one says . . ."

Governor Jim Justice tells us why President Trump loves West Virginia

I couldn't make this stuff up. Here's West Virginia governor Jim Justice explaining yesterday why Trump is so attracted to West Virginia:

“The gamble that you have that is so on the table is, whether you like him or don’t like him, whether you like me or don’t like me, you have a president of the United States . . .

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June 14, 2019

Demonstrate concern: a rhetorical strategy used by Ogden papers to insulate themselves from any criticism that they are part of a problem

Today’s example: a Wheeling Intelligencer editorial wants the Catholic Church to “Probe Gifts Within Church”

One strategy to avoid being marginalized on an issue is to show concern for the problem. Take the climate change issue in which we've probably progressed to the point where arguing that “climate change is a hoax” hurts your credibility. As I documented earlier this year, Ogden newspapers (and local congressman David McKinley) appear to . . .

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June 12, 2019

Editor Mike Myer asks: “If Bransfield did all these things for so long, how did he get away with it?”

Yes, it’s a clueless question from the editor of a newspaper that brags daily on its masthead that it has “stood guard for 166 years against predatory interests which would violate civil rights.”

Here’s my answer to Myer’s question: because those who had the power and the microphone (the Catholic Church, local media, and law enforcement) chose not to investigate.

Myer rightly questions the diocese but that is as far as he goes. I’m sure he, like anyone in the area who does not live under a rock, has heard rumors about some . . .

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June 09, 2019

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