Today's front-page of the Wheeling Intelligencer has what is most-likely an old Morrisey PR release posing as an actual news story. The article by Joselyn King features Attorney General Morrisey (with a picture) and has this headline:
Doctors Endorse Morrisey's Opiod Plan
Here's the lede:
The West Virginia Osteopathic Medical Association and national medical organizations are endorsing West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s suggested “best practices” initiative for doctors prescribing opioids in West Virginia.
Except that the medical association's endorsement happened almost a month ago. Here's a PDF copy of the Association's endorsement dated August 18.
If you have a good memory or if you do some checking you'll also find that the Intelligencer's original coverage dated August 20 had this to say:
The initiative, the first of its kind in West Virginia, Morrisey said, has support from numerous groups in the state and nation, including . . . . West Virginia Osteopathic Medical Association.
I wrote about it the same day:
The article provides us with four separate quotes and a number of indirect quotes from Morrisey. But as with yesterday's article, how is this news? These are guidelines and not legal requirements. I googled Morrisey and the guidelines to see how many other news sources covered this "news event." My search yielded only the Intelligencer and Parkersburg News and Sentinel where the article's author is a reporter. By the way, guess who own the Parkersburg paper?
It wasn't news in August and recycling it doesn't make it news in September. It, however, is good PR for Morrisey and that's what's important.