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Bernie Sanders, Robert Murray and WV employers

Can Bernie Sanders economic arguments work in West Virginia?

Last week the Washington Post featured an article on Bernie Sander's chances in West Virginia:

“We have millions of working-class people who are voting for Republican candidates whose views are diametrically opposite to what voters want,” Sanders said in . . .

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October 13, 2015

Are our local "newspapers" really in favor of "affordable electricity"?

You may have noticed that the local "newspapers" have started using "war on affordable electricity" instead of "war on coal." I think that's because they figure that appealing to the pocketbook is more likely to persuade the audience. Beyond their assertions and use of questionable evidence that electricity . . .

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October 12, 2015

Friday's appeals court decision on EPA/waters of United States decision

The Intelligencer gives us its usual "fair and balanced" front-page coverage plus a predictable editorial

A one-sided, front page story on the appeals court's decision

Yes, on Saturday the Intelligencer reported that the "Court Puts ‘Waters Of U.S.’ Definition on Hold." Rather than printing the more-balanced AP report on the decision, Ian Hicks wrote a clearly biased account that featured four supporters of the decision . . .

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October 12, 2015

Covering the WV Economic Development Conference

In a font-size worthy of the end of a war or a new Clinton revelation by Republicans, the front page of this morning's Intelligencer tells us the shocking news that "Opinion's Differ on W.Va's Outlook." Two articles by Casey Junkins flow from the headline: "Drilling Industry Is Boosting Economy" and . . .

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October 08, 2015

Intelligencer decides that you don't need to know about the cost of cleaning up mine pollution

(with important 3 PM update)

This morning's Intelligencer has a page 5 story about more layoffs in the coal industry. "Patriot Coal Expects to Lay Off 2,000 Workers" details the likely job losses in West Virginia. The AP article also discusses some of Patriot's asset sales as well as the problems associated with its bankruptcy proceedings. Here's . . .

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October 07, 2015

"Information Access Critical"

It's too bad we don't get any from our local "newspapers"

According to the morning editorial, "Information Action Critical," the Intelligencer is fighting the good fight over access to information:

Many newspaper journalists will have no trouble believing allegations Murray Energy Corp. is making in a lawsuit against the federal government. Much the same thing - and worse - . . .

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October 06, 2015

More PR posing as real news

Updated - October 7

Yesterday's PR release from Murray Energy that landed on the News-Register's front page (see below) was moved to today's Intelligencer's front page of the 2nd section. Casey Junkins added his byline and rewrote parts of the story. The Intelligencer then replaced the front page Murray Energy story with another PR release - this . . .

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October 06, 2015


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