Last Thursday the Intellingencer published an editorial, "End Hysteria Over Politics," in which they tied the actions of James Hodgkinson to "the hysteria over Republican President Donald Trump and GOP lawmakers."
Of course, comedian Kathy Griffin and Julius Caesar got mentioned. Rather than comment upon the particulars of the editorial, I pointed to the Intelligencer's poor timing and hypocrisy by their placing a hysterical column by Pat Buchanan right next to it. (See three posts down.)
Apparently, accusing opponents of lacking "civility" has now become one of the ways that the locals will demonize the critics of Donald Trump. Today, a News-Register editorial took this one a step farther:
But accusing one's political foes of dastardly motives - not just being wrong, but also of being evil -- is no way to end the dangerous incivility that has hijacked politics today.
Amazing -- a Wheeling "newspaper" is going to lecture us on "dangerous incivility." In eight years of editorials and Myer columns, the Wheeling newspapers never once gave President Obama an ounce of respect. His motives were always impugned; his actions were never simply a difference of opinion on what was right for America and West Virginia, it was that he was out to get us or the fossil fuel industry or whatever -- he was "evil." For example, in just the last three years (since I began this blog), I recorded seven different editorials that accused the president of having a "vendetta" against us. (At one point last summer, there were three such editorials in less than a two week period.) Not one of these editorials ever explained the "dastardly motive" that was the source of this "vendetta" (a blood feud) against us.
Obama wasn't the only target that was "evil" in the eyes of our Ogden papers. Last year we had an almost-daily editorial attack upon the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, that seldom dealt with policy differences. No, like Obama, it was personalized -- she was out to get us. For example:
No one in this region needs to be told what Clinton's stance would do to us. . .
It would be a disaster.
And it is what Hillary Clinton wants.
Yes, according to the Intelligencer, Clinton wanted a disaster for the region. (Click on any one of the twenty-one "Documenting the locals' anti-Clinton agenda" posts for more Clinton examples.)
And now they believe Trump's critics need to be more civil. Trump's campaign featured misogyny, prejudice, racism, and xenophobia often spoken in the most uncivil manner by the candidate and yet there was not a single word of criticism of Trump from a Wheeling newspaper.