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Is President Trump serious about dealing with America’s opioid crisis?

In case you missed it, he’s put Kellyanne Conway in charge

As the New York Times recently described:

Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, has no public health background, a reputation for bending the truth, and a knack for generating government ethics complaints. Yet Ms. Conway does have the ear of the president.

Despite her resume, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Wednesday . . .

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December 02, 2017

A Media Matters study concluded that local broadcast news is doing a terrible job informing us about Republican tax reforms

No surprise -- the study found that Sinclair-owned stations (like local channel 9) are the worst

Yesterday, Media Matters published a study that examined the news content of twenty local television stations in five markets to see how well they were covering the Senate's tax reform bill. Their analysis:

found that key provisions of the tax bill put forth by Senate Republicans were all but omitted from local media coverage of the plan . . .

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November 30, 2017

WV Republicans appoint Robin Capehart as counsel to the WV senate finance committee

Wheeling's ethics-challenged "newspapers" have no problem with an ethics-challenged Republican appointment

Today's Wheeling "newspapers" bring us the news that former West Liberty University president Robin Capehart has a new job as the lead counsel to the West Virginia Senate Committee on Finance. Capehart, who has been a long-time Ogden favorite (including a rare front page editorial supporting his West Liberty candidacy), held . . .

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November 29, 2017

Republican Deathmatch 3

Don Blankenship makes it a threesome

WCHS-TV (Charleston-Huntington) is reporting that former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship has entered West Virginia's 2018 senatorial race:

Eyewitness News has learned that former Massey Energy chief executive officer Don Blankenship plans to run for U.S. Senate.

Blankenship filed his federal election official papers Tuesday. He will be . . .

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November 29, 2017

God working in mysterious ways

Things I learned from the Internet today

  • Vice News tells us what Chris Hamilton of the West Virginia Coal Association (and frequent Ogden op-ed contributor) had to say earlier today about the election of Donald Trump:

It wasn’t Russia that intervened in our election process; it was divine intervention. Thank the Lord he guided these people in this country, the greatest country in . . .

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November 28, 2017

At it again: local front pages demonstrate how to slant the news in Trump’s favor

Misrepresenting the FBI hacking warning story

Both “newspapers” used the same Associated Press story about Russian hacking in the 2016 election on today's front pages. Here’s how the story begins:

The FBI failed to notify scores of U.S. officials that Russian hackers were trying to break into their personal Gmail accounts despite having . . .

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November 27, 2017

Old columns, plagiarism, and Astroturf from a Koch group

Reading the Sunday opinion section

You’re still reading outdated opinions

Last Sunday I wrote a post about how badly outdated the columns and opinion pieces were in that day’s Wheeling News-Register opinion section: a date check of when the columns first appeared revealed that half of the columns were at least a week old. Out of curiosity, I examined today’s News-Register and . . .

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November 26, 2017

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