The Wheeling Alternative

Sympathy for the devil?

Mike Myer reflects on the Alabama special election

Mike Myer begins his Saturday column on Roy Moore in today's Wheeling Intelligencer by comparing the results of the recent senatorial election in Alabama with last year’s presidential election. He concludes:

Clearly, about half the staunch GOP supporters in Alabama were unable to hold their noses and vote for Moore. The sexual harassment . . .

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December 16, 2017

Media Matters picks up the "deceptive, cut-and-paste" Gil White/NFIB story

And Mike Myer responds

Yesterday Media Matters published a blog post by Eric Hananoki about a number of very similar op-ed pieces that showed up in various papers across the country:

Procter & Gamble placed nearly identical op-eds pushing for corporate tax cuts from different authors in numerous papers

The Procter & Gamble story reminded me of this blog . . .

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December 15, 2017

Is this the end of locally-produced, small-market television news?

The FCC eliminates the Main Studio Rule

What happened

TV Technology explains:

The new FCC rule eliminating a nearly 80-year old requirement that each AM, FM and TV station maintain a main studio in its community of license will take effect Jan. 8, 2018.

The effective date—30 days after publication of the rule in the Federal Register, which occurred Dec. 8.—also applies to other . . .

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December 13, 2017

I'm sure it was just an accident

The News-Register drops a critical word from the first sentence of an Associated Press article on the Republican tax plan

The News-Register's page 1 version of the AP's first paragraph:

President Donald Trump on Wednesday will try to sell the American people on a Republican tax overhaul that his administration claims will generate a large part of $1.8 trillion in new revenue - a figure that a top Democratic lawmaker dismissed as "fake math."

. . .

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December 12, 2017

"There's been a mistake. Give me my money back!"

Robert Murray is not pleased with the Senate's tax plan

From The Sting (Hill 1973):

The problem

Robert Murray, CEO of Murray Energy, and his company made major campaign contributions to Donald Trump and the Republican Party last year. Open Secrets tells us:

(U)sing its corporate coffers and its PAC, Murray Energy donated a total of $1.5 million to political candidates, party committees and . . .

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December 09, 2017

A look at the Wheeling News-Register’s hypocrisy on sexual harassment (with 12/8 update)

Coverage of a black Democrat (Conyers) vs. a white Republican (Farenthold)

Here are some excerpts from three recent Wheeling News-Register editorials on Democratic Congressman John Conyers from Michigan:

From the Monday, Nov 27 editorial titled

“If Guilty, Conyers Should Be Removed”

According to the News-Register:

Using the power conferred upon one by voters to harass women sexually is reason enough to be . . .

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December 07, 2017

Today we saw the first of what will be many local editorials about the national debt

Now I understand: the $1 trillion+ deficit increase in the Republican tax reform packages is a feature and not a bug

I should have seen this coming. When Republicans (and their defenders like our local “newspapers”) were asked about the huge deficits that would occur with the Republican tax reforms, they either pointed to how the cuts would pay for themselves (which economists said would not happen) or they ignored it as our local papers often did. (In . . .

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December 04, 2017


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