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Sinclair Media update

Ethics be damned: WTOV's owner solicits money from its news directors for its PAC (political action committee)

From the Washington Post:

Sinclair Broadcast Group is asking its executives — including the news directors at its many stations — to contribute to its political action committee, a move that journalism ethics experts say is highly unusual and troubling.

Why should we be concerned?

Major TV news outlets such as ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News and . . .

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February 13, 2018

Time to look in the mirror, Mike

Accuracy? Fairness? Or pushing an agenda?

From yesterday’s Mike Myer column:

Some in the media, and that includes newspapers, magazines, television, radio and various internet entities, seem to care less for accuracy and fairness than for pushing their own agendas.

But our local editor doesn’t include our local papers in that group:

But the overwhelming majority of newspaper . . .

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February 12, 2018

Today’s editorial tells us: “Get Bigger ‘Take’ From Sports Bets”

It was obviously written by someone who did little or no research

Today's News-Register editorial explains why the state of West Virginia's take on sports betting should be increased if the U.S. Supreme Court gives the go-ahead:

After buying some computer hardware and software, the casino’s costs would be minimal. Much of the operation would be virtually automatic.

No, it wouldn’t. Unlike slots . . .

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February 11, 2018

Republican Deathmatch 4 (A recurring series that chronicles WV's Republican senatorial primary)*

Yesterday, Roll Call published the results of a senatorial poll of 500 Republican voters.

West Virginia Rep. Evan Jenkins led the primary field for the Republican nomination for Senate in an automated poll conducted earlier this month for his campaign.

Jenkins was ahead of his closest opponent, state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, 33 . . .

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February 10, 2018

Same as it ever was: missing information, no context, and it’s all the Democrats fault

Yes, it’s another Intelligencer editorial

The headline on this morning’s Wheeling Intelligencer editorial tells us:

Trump Clearly On ‘Dreamers’ Side

Really? How did the editorial conclude this?

He already has offered a measure that would allow 1.8 million of the dreamers and members of their immediate families to stay in the United States.

And the President, according to the . . .

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February 07, 2018

Weirton Medical Center suspends Ogden advertising to protest McCutcheon trade

From Adam Bittner in yesterday's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Weirton Medical Center, based in West Virginia, announced Thursday that it is pulling advertising from three publications owned by Ogden Newspapers over “the failure of the Pirates to craft a deal to keep Andrew McCutchen a Pirate.” Nutting is Ogden’s CEO.

“We are doing this not . . .

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February 03, 2018

The death of a newspaper 1

Documenting the Gazette-Mail's move from newspaper to "newspaper"

There’s a lot to be said about the Charleston Gazette-Mail becoming another Ogden Republican, rightwing rag and since the process is just beginning, I’m sure that I’ll get numerous opportunities to comment in the upcoming weeks.

The cheering from those who stand the most to gain from the demise of the state’s most important journalistic voice . . .

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February 01, 2018


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