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Clash of the Titans: Coal and natural gas battle over future power plants and a local “grass roots organization” is a major player

Is there any local coverage?

Before there was “fake news,” there was “astroturfing” from “grass roots organizations”

I’ve written about astroturfing on several occasions. Here’s how I first explained it:

The Online Slang Dictionary defines astroturfing as "the creation of lobbying groups that appear to be separate from corporate interests, but . . .

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August 27, 2018

WV Governor Justice is “restoring confidence in the court” by appointing two Republican politicians with little or no legal experience

I’m sure that will do it, Governor!

Yesterday, Governor Justice made it official by appointing former House of Delegates Speaker Tim Armstead and U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins to temporarily fill the vacancies on the West Virginia Supreme Court.

Two Republican politicians?

Here are my two favorite sentences from the Charleston Gazette-Mail’s coverage of the . . .

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August 26, 2018

Hey, what happened to the Wheeling Intelligencer’s “light and information” anniversary editorial?

Answer: The self-serving parts are still there but the paper has rebranded itself as “a community newspaper”

For the first time in years, the Wheeling Intelligencer editorial on the anniversary of its founding does not mention the promise to provide “light and information.” Instead, the paper has rebranded itself as a community newspaper. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, to rebrand is

to change the way that an organization, . . .

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August 24, 2018

The New York Times fact checks Trump’s Charleston speech

Here is the sub-heading for today’s New York Times’ fact check of yesterday's Trump speech in Charleston:

President Trump claimed that coal was “indestructible,” that West Virginia had one of the strongest state economies and that the U.S. was the “cleanest country in the planet.” None of that was true.

The . . .

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August 22, 2018

Trump’s campaign chairman found guilty; his personal lawyer pleads guilty

West Virginians respond at Trump rally: LOCK HER UP!

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August 22, 2018

Wedding shows and integrity fees

An Ogden self-promotion and conflict-of-interest update

How is a wedding show front page news?

It isn’t unless local Ogden papers are the sponsor in which case it gets front page coverage before and after even if it has next-to-zero news value. From the front pages of local papers:

Sunday August 5

Brides, Brunch & Bands Wedding Show Set

Thursday . . .

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August 21, 2018

Where is the "light and information" on our local congressional race?

Unfortunately, you won’t find any in the Wheeling Intelligencer

Light and information?

This coming Friday is the anniversary of the Wheeling Intelligencer’s founding and if the past is any prologue, we will get to read yet another editorial telling us what an incredible job the Intelligencer does in serving its readers. The editorial will most likely quote the paper’s founding philosophy:

. . .

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August 20, 2018

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