Page 1 of today’s Wheeling News-Register features mostly old news and yet another promo for the Ogden Wellness Weekend. Three-fourths of the front page is taken up by two stories on the roads in Marshall County. About one-third of the first story is what the WV Division of Highways had to say about the roads on Wednesday: essentially, they are bad, but we are working on them. (Roads are bad in Marshall County? Really? And if this is actually "news," why wasn’t this reported on Thursday?) The second story is what Marshall County residents think of the roads: spoiler alert – they think they are bad. Together the two stories total 1300 words and in case you miss the point, a large picture of a school bus on a bad road accompanies the articles.
Additionally, “Soccer Youths Get a Kick Out Of Argentina” tells us about a local soccer group’s trip to Argentina. The group returned to Wheeling on April 7 and today (April 28) we learn about their trip. (It appears that some “news” travels very slowly.) Finally, there is yet another Ogden self-promotional story for the Ogden Wellness Weekend.
The only new “news” story on the front page is a picture of the Commander of the local American Legion post and WV Secretary of State Mac Warner taken last night at the local post’s 100th Anniversary Ball. Would the anniversary have been covered if Ogden-favorite Warner had not attended? I don’t think so. (Hey, where was our local congressman, David McKinley, who never misses a photo op with veterans?)
The rest of today’s “News” section does contain four Associated Press stories:
Handwriting Recipe Cards Still Cherished in Digital Age
LBJ’s Daughters Christen Warship Bearing His Name
Ellon Musk and SEC Settle Dispute Over CEO’s Tweets
Juul Nicotine May Be ‘Worse for Kids, Best for Smoker’
(I didn’t check but these four could easily be the most inconsequential AP stories of the last two days, weeks, or maybe even, months.)
As you are probably aware, there was yet another attack upon a synagogue yesterday afternoon. Not surprising, there was no coverage of this event in this morning’s paper.
Over in the Opinion section, Mike Myer writes yet another column about dealing with racism. In the process, he again tells us his Paden City KKK story. (As with his frequently told N-word story, he apparently believes that this gives him street cred to lecture us on ending racism.) However, neither Myer nor his papers have written a single word of criticism of Trump's racism. Most recently, for instance, the papers ignored Trump’s Friday statements which defended his earlier 2017 Charlottesville statement:
(Here is an AP summary that they could have run – but they didn’t. Here is a much more detailed AP article that analyzes Trump's statement.)
Myer wrote two columns about Charlottesville back in August of 2017. In the first, he argued (not unlike Trump’s recent tweet) that the original rally was about preserving Southern heritage. A week later, Myer switched to the Trump administration’s revised talking point that both sides were equally at fault for the violence. Since then, while Myer has written about racism (most recently here), he has never criticized Trump for any of his racism. Hey, it's a lot easier to tell the same old stories.