America's mass media let us down
The EPA's report on fracking came out at the end of last week and most of the news reports suggested that the EPA had concluded that fracking was not a threat to our drinking water. Here, for example, is the original AP article. On Friday, the Intelligencer chose not to run the original AP article and instead featured a front page article . . .
Let's see if this gets any coverage in the national media. From the Guardian:
Jeb Bush will convene next week with a clutch of coal mining barons and reliable Republican party donors who have paid at least $7,500 each to huddle in secret with the presidential hopeful at a golfing and fly-fishing retreat in a hidden-away . . .
Little Blue, again
Earth Justice tells us about what is happening to coal ash just across the border in Greene and Fayette counties in Pennsylvania:
An application by FirstEnergy Generation, LLC to dump more toxic coal ash into a closed power plant landfill in Western Pennsylvania that is already leaking arsenic into groundwater has sparked strong . . .
Tuesday's Intelligencer devotes two-thirds of a page's worth of coverage to his decision not to run for governor
In mid-May I wrote about the amount of positive publicity that two of our state politicians regularly receive from our local "newspapers." Senator Shelley Moore Capito and Republican state senator Ryan Ferns receive lots of coverage even though they haven't done all that much. Only two other state politicians regularly receive . . .
Iraq and the the Middle East
As a follow-up to yesterday's post on Iraq and war in the Middle East, here is a link to last night's The Daily Show with John Stewart with "America in the Middle East: Learning Curves are for Pussies."
(Note -- for some reason I could not embed this clip - the link takes you to the . . .
Words from our local keyboard commando: it's time for America's sons and daughters to fight and die in yet another war
Back in the run-up to our invasion of Iraq in 2002 and 2003 some columnists and writers never missed a chance to urge the United States to attack Iraq. Saddam, they told us, had weapons of mass destruction -- chemical and nuclear weapons, and he, somehow or another, was connected to September 11, 2001. The voices who challenged them were . . .
Here's a section of today's front page Intelligencer article from the Associated Press on Republican efforts to "rein in" the EPA:
The rules are among a host of regulations that majority Republicans have targeted for repeal or delay as they confront President Barack Obama on a second-term priority: his . . .