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The “noxious media weed” (Sinclair Broadcasting) takes a big step toward becoming Trump TV

Going way beyond the “Terrorism Alert Desk” and must-run Epshteyn and Hyman commentaries, Sinclair Broadcasting is now requiring local news anchors to attack national media for fake news and bias

CNN is reporting that Sinclair-owned stations (like local Channel 9 WTOV in Steubenville) will require their news anchors to participate in the creation of promos that will attack the “fake stories” found in other news outlets:

The promos are supposed to start airing on local stations later this month. The instructions sent to station news . . .

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March 08, 2018

Huntington Herald-Dispatch makes winning bid for the Charleston Gazette-Mail

Instead, Ogden Newspapers buys Virginia newspaper chain

From WV Metro News earlier today:

Ogden Newspapers is out as a bidder for the Charleston Gazette-Mail, leaving Huntington’s Herald-Dispatch as the apparent new owner of West Virginia’s Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper. . . .

Ogden, which owns newspapers in several West Virginia cities, had been considered the stalking horse, having produced . . .

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March 08, 2018

With plenty of condescension, today’s Wheeling News-Register editorial warns public school employees not to be used by politicians

The damage control begins

From the first paragraphs of today's News-Register editorial/lecture, “Don’t Be Used by the Politicians”:

Public school employees in West Virginia should be outraged, not to mention suspicious, that their record-length work stoppage is being used by some for purely political reasons.

Democrats in the Legislature have wasted no . . .

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March 07, 2018

Another look at Ogden's business plan for baseball and newspapers

Baseball and newspapers on the cheap 2

Two months ago, I wrote a post about how Bob Nutting essentially runs the Ogden newspaper chain and the Pittsburgh Pirates the same way: do it as cheaply as possible and don’t worry about the quality of the product -- the profits will be there.

Here’s an update on how that business plan is working for the Nutting-owned Pittsburgh Pirates.

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March 06, 2018

“School Could Be Out Indefinitely”

With pictures of Ryan Ferns and Robin Capehart

The accompanying pictures explain a lot

This morning’s top-of-the-front-page story in the Wheeling News-Register is, of course, the West Virginia teachers strike which looks like it may continue. Under the headline are two pictures which probably say more to answer the “why” of the school strike than the 700 words that follow.

One of the . . .

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March 04, 2018

Yet another fox for the henhouse: Dow Chemical lawyer to oversee Trump administration's response to hazardous spills and toxic sites

Why not?

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From the Associated Press earlier today:

President Donald Trump on Friday tapped a chemical industry insider to run the Environmental Protection Agency office that oversees emergency response to hazardous spills and cleanups of the nation’s most toxic sites.

The White House announced that Trump has nominated Peter C. Wright to serve as EPA’ . . .

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March 03, 2018

What would have to happen to change your mind, Senator?

Capito still opposed to gun legislation

On Wednesday, President Trump surprised Republican lawmakers and the NRA by making statements that he would support some forms of gun legislation. Late yesterday, the New York Times and other news sources reported that the President, after meeting with the NRA, was backing away from that position:

The top lobbyist for the National Rifle . . .

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March 02, 2018

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