Intelligencer stays true to form
The largest headline on this morning's front page tells us:
Candidates Make Their Final Pitches
The report is yet another example of the Intelligencer's "fair-and-balanced" political reporting: a little over 20% of the article covers the Democrats as most of it is devoted to the attendees at a Republican rally.
And of course there's the lead editorial:
Clinton Email Saga Not Over
For the Intelligencer, it will never be over.
Quite an endorsement!
From the Daily Caller:
A former coal baron now serving time in prison for skirting safety regulations announced Sunday his support for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Don Blankenship, who formerly ran West Virginia-based Massey Energy, told his Twitter followers that the former reality TV star is the right man to lead the country.
The former coal CEO is currently serving a one-year prison sentence for conspiring to violate mining regulations after a 2010 mine explosion that killed 29 people.
It's a lot easier to write a news feature if you just depend upon stereotypes
I know. The state of West Virginia will be in Trump's column tonight. But is it asking too much of national media to note that not all residents of the state are a Trump-supporting variation of the West Virginia stereotype? (Or that not all Trump supporters fit the stereotype?)
From Saturday's Boston Globe article, "West Virginia citizens paint a dystopian picture under a Clinton presidency":
They fear her. They despise her. They reel at the very thought of her.
Here in the Republican stronghold of southern West Virginia, a distinctly dystopian picture emerges of what life would be like under, God forbid, a Hillary Clinton presidency. People here view the election as an all-out battle for the soul of America, and view Clinton’s election as the one sure way to lose it.
One after another, fearful citizens outside the Raleigh County Courthouse in downtown Beckley, where record numbers have turned out early to vote, spoke of the United States with Clinton in charge as a lawless land primed for economic collapse.
Helpless in the face of rampant terrorism. And communism. Doomed to be overrun by Muslims and massive waves of illegal immigrants sucking America dry. A weakened nation that could be a target for the next world war.
Worst of all? Guns would be yanked from their homes, as nearly full-term babies would be from their mothers’ wombs.
It would be like hell.
“She would destroy the United States as we know it. It’s over. It’s all over. Believe me,” said Dean Pack, 70, echoing Donald Trump’s speaking style. “She’s trash. She’s a zero. A minus,” he shouted, hands waving in the air.
It goes on and on.
In fairness to the Globe, they did interview one Clinton supporter.