The Wheeling Alternative

The coronavirus and American labor

Opening the economy while waging war on workers: Is there a better way?

Note -- Silvrback has alerted me that the RSS notification did not go out on yesterday's post on Michigan's governor and her critics (including the Wheeling News-Register). See the next post down.

The big picture from the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent

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May 12, 2020

More Ogden lies about Michigan’s Governor Whitmer

This one has scary implications

Three weeks ago, our local Ogden “newspaper” editor, claimed that Michigan’s Gretchen Whitmer had significantly restricted the civil liberties of her constituents. Of course, if you checked out his claims, none were true. (See here.) Today, there is more of the same in the Wheeling News-Register editorial cartoon:

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Let’s . . .

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May 11, 2020

Today’s Wheeling News-Register: little news, some filler, mostly ads and another questions-with-no-answers Myer column

Perhaps it is time for our local paper to follow Ogden’s Parkersburg paper and get rid of the published Sunday edition?

Only five stories in the entire “news” section

The front page had four of them. Colin McGuire, a reporter from another Ogden paper in Frederick (MD), compiled a report from a couple of Ogden reporters on how residents were adapting to stay-at-home orders. The article contains little, if any, insight; I do not understand why this was . . .

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May 10, 2020

The “war on coal” is over

Today, May 7, 2020, the Wheeling News-Register published a pro-alternative energy editorial

I think this is significant.

The “war” was never really a real war as much as a rallying cry for the coal industry and its supporters. Today, Ogden Newspaper’s Wheeling News-Register, long a mainstay in the industry’s propaganda battle, signaled that it was over with its editorial “Area Can Benefit From Solar Energy.”

It . . .

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May 07, 2020

“Mourning/Morning in America”

The Lincoln Project rifts on a classic Reagan ad from 1984

The Lincoln Project was formed earlier this year by a group of Republicans unhappy with the Trump presidency. Their purpose, according to their website:

The Lincoln Project is holding accountable those who would violate their oaths to the Constitution and would put others before Americans.

To that end, they have . . .

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May 05, 2020

Ogden and the continuing decline of newspapers

Last week, S&P Global Market Intelligence documented how the coronavirus was hurting newspapers regardless of size or the community it served:

Over the past two weeks, dozens of local publications across the country have furloughed or laid off reporters, reduced the frequency of their publishing or dropped their print . . .

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May 04, 2020

So much for curiosity and research

Our local editor looks at national park closings

Today’s Mike Myer column is similar to his April column on the closings precipitated by the spread of the coronavirus: (1) it attempts to make the case for keeping things (in this case, the national parks) open, and (2) it does so by pure assertion.

Early in the column, Myer tells us:

Many national parks shut down . . .

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May 03, 2020


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