The Wheeling Alternative

Yes, “disdain” may be the best word

Updating the similar business models that guide Robert Nutting’s professional baseball team and newspaper chain

I originally wrote about these business models in January of 2018 and I’ve periodically updated.

Baseball on the cheap: Do actual fans matter?

Pittsburgh Pirate owner Bob Nutting has struck again: it’s another season and another terrible team.

Last Wednesday night was beautiful: sunny and warm with low humidity – a . . .

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September 14, 2021

Despite the date, the largest article in yesterday’s/today’s Wheeling News-Register was not about 9/11

No, it was a totally uncritical look at those who don’t believe in masks

Here’s how local reporter Eric Ayres began his front-page article on the anti-maskers in Marshall County:

Scores of parents gathered in Moundsville on Friday night in the wake of the Marshall County Board of Education’s decision to require mask-wearing in school starting Monday — and none of them seemed to be happy about the new . . .

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September 12, 2021

Misspellings? Sentences and articles cutoff in mid-sentence? Articles and columns repeated? Sorry, readers, but the Wheeling Intelligencer can no longer afford an editor to keep these mistakes from happening

Yes, but the paper still employs an editor whose job it is to alter Associated Press articles so that there will be minimal criticism of West Virginia Republicans

First reference to a news source

How should a news source be referenced? Should we use his/her full name or just the last name? What about their credentials? To answer these and similar questions, most major news sources use a stylebook – a reference work that standardizes how news is written. The Associated Press Stylebook requires . . .

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September 10, 2021

Breaking: Representative Jim Jordan to speak at the West Virginia Trump Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner

In other news: Earlier today, casket in Springfield, Illinois began uncontrollably spinning

Here is the announcement:

Isn't Representative Jordan concerned about . . .

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September 09, 2021

Which city has more Confederate statues? Richmond, Virginia or Charleston, West Virginia

Is it the former capital of the Confederacy or the current capital of the state that broke away from Virginia?

Yes, it's a trick question.

From the New York Times, earlier today:

After more than a year of legal wrangling, one of the nation’s largest Confederate monuments — a soaring statue of Robert E. Lee, the South’s Civil War general — was hoisted off its pedestal in downtown Richmond, Va., on Wednesday morning. . . .

. . .

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September 08, 2021

What will our former president be doing on 9/11?

Inquiring minds want to know

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I originally thought this was a joke. But it isn’t. From USA Today:

Former President Donald Trump will provide live commentary when Evander Holyfield makes his return to the boxing ring Saturday in Florida, according to FITE, the digital video streaming service that will carry the pay-per-view event.

The . . .

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September 08, 2021

The Texas anti-abortion law, the United States Supreme Court, and Senator Shelley Moore Capito

By now, you’ve probably read or heard about the new Texas anti-abortion law which will significantly curtail abortion rights in that state:

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September 03, 2021

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