Reading the front page of the Wheeling Intelligencer on a holiday
Can we find anything newsworthy?
The Bransfield story and yesterday’s Washington Post story
This morning’s Wheeling Intelligencer featured Ogden reporter Steven Allen Adams’ report on Ogden-favorite and West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s ongoing battle with the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. If you look toward the end of the Morrisey coverage, yesterday’s 3,600 word investigation by the Washington Post (see previous post) gets one sentence *:
According to a report from The Washington Post Wednesday, complaints about Bransfield’s conduct date back to at least 2012.
(Note – Adams also includes the dollar amounts of some of Bransfield’s excessive spending but those figures came from the Post’s early-June investigation.) The bulk of today's 750 word Intelligencer article consists of a review of the Attorney General’s actions against the diocese and the diocese’s reaction. Apart from one new comment from the AG and one sentence about the Post report, most of the article is old news (but good publicity for Morrisey).
Looking for news on the rest of the front page
The other front-page stories include:
Judge Again Rejects Ohio County BOE Request for Dismissal
This happened Monday as the article explains:
An order issued by Cuomo on July 1 allows the case to proceed.
Local Teachers Finalists for West Virginia Teacher of the Year
The West Virginia Board of Education announced the finalists on Monday.
Finally, some news -- a local hazardous waste spill (with three pictures) from a leaking truck took up a significant section of the front page.
If this is what passes for news, why do they even bother to publish on holidays?
*Note -- today's Charleston Gazette-Mail published the Post's report at the top of their front page.