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Forget market forces, it’s still Obama’s fault

Yes, it’s another Intelligencer editorial on coal

First Energy recently announced that the W.H. Sammis Power Plant in Jefferson County will close in 2022. Of course, this becomes an excuse for yet another Intelligencer editorial promoting coal-fired power plants while at the same time blaming the former Obama administration.

Why will the plant be closing? The editorial tells us:

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September 04, 2018

The Associated Press map our local Ogden papers did not want us to see

Not when we have editorials cheering the Trump administration's rollback of pollution controls

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The Associated Press has published an article and map detailing the EPA analysis of the health effects of President Trump's rollback of Obama's EPA standards. Here's their conclusion:

An EPA analysis says those pollutants would increase under Trump’s plan, when compared to what would happen under the Obama . . .

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September 04, 2018

It’s good to be home so I can read a real newspaper!

Away for most of the week, yesterday’s Sunday Wheeling News-Register reminded me of what was missing from my daily media diet

Quiz time

See if you can spot which of following is the largest headline on the front page of the Sunday News-Register. (The rest of the headlines come from the local news section of The Onion, the online satirical newspaper.)

  • Man Wishes There Was Some Sort Of Sign He Could Put On His House To Let Visitors Know He Has . . .

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September 03, 2018

Voter suppression in a majority-black Georgia county?

Of course not, as the Wheeling News-Register editorial tells us, they were just trying to be ADA compliant

Yesterday’s Wheeling News-Register editorial, “Reconsider Harsh ADA Enforcement,” mentions nothing about voter suppression choosing to blame the Americans with Disabilities Act for closing seven of nine voting sites because a consultant warned that these polling places were not ADA compliant.

What the editorial does not tell us: the . . .

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August 29, 2018

Clash of the Titans: Coal and natural gas battle over future power plants and a local “grass roots organization” is a major player

Is there any local coverage?

Before there was “fake news,” there was “astroturfing” from “grass roots organizations”

I’ve written about astroturfing on several occasions. Here’s how I first explained it:

The Online Slang Dictionary defines astroturfing as "the creation of lobbying groups that appear to be separate from corporate interests, but . . .

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August 27, 2018

WV Governor Justice is “restoring confidence in the court” by appointing two Republican politicians with little or no legal experience

I’m sure that will do it, Governor!

Yesterday, Governor Justice made it official by appointing former House of Delegates Speaker Tim Armstead and U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins to temporarily fill the vacancies on the West Virginia Supreme Court.

Two Republican politicians?

Here are my two favorite sentences from the Charleston Gazette-Mail’s coverage of the . . .

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August 26, 2018

Hey, what happened to the Wheeling Intelligencer’s “light and information” anniversary editorial?

Answer: The self-serving parts are still there but the paper has rebranded itself as “a community newspaper”

For the first time in years, the Wheeling Intelligencer editorial on the anniversary of its founding does not mention the promise to provide “light and information.” Instead, the paper has rebranded itself as a community newspaper. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, to rebrand is

to change the way that an organization, . . .

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August 24, 2018

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