The answer depends upon which newspaper you read
There’s a media theory that argues that our mass media influence us more by what they choose to talk about than what they say about the subject. Agenda-setting theory, as it’s called, argues that that the media are important in our culture primarily because they tell us what we should think about rather than telling us what to think.*
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Covering gubernatorial candidate Cole's fundraisers in Charleston and Wheeling
Mark Pence, governor of Indiana, was in West Virginia yesterday in order to attend fundraisers for Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Cole in Charleston and possibly Wheeling. Governor Mike Bevin of Kentucky was also supposed to be in Wheeling.
Here are some questions about these events with the answers based upon today's editions . . .
Here's the only legislative news story in today's News-Register: local delegate misses vote because of bathroom break
Don't complain -- that's one more story than yesterday's Intelligencer
Today's Sunday edition of the Wheeling News-Register, like yesterday's Intelligencer, contained no real news stories about the West Virginia legislature. There was an editorial on the need to fix state roads and the opinion section also carried the "Reporters' Notebook" which devoted a couple of paragraphs to a local . . .
This morning's "newspaper" did carry the AP article on the House of Delegates passage of a bill that eliminates the prevailing wage on public construction projects.
Since the AP didn't cover it, the Intelligencer didn't mention any additional legislation. According to the Charleston Gazette-Mail, however, the . . .
A screenshot is worth a thousand words
A tale of two newspapers
Here are screenshots of the Charleston Gazette-Mail's coverage of the decision in the Blankenship trial (four full pages):
And here is a screenshot of the Wheeling Intelligencer's coverage of the same decision (nothing):
Another "fair and balanced" article from a Wheeling "newspaper"
Here is the headline from yesterday's News-Register front-page article:
Northern Panhandle Schools Flunk Test
And here's the lede:
Northern Panhandle public school districts fared poorly on West Virginia's Smarter Balanced Assessment Test, a review by the Sunday News-Register indicates.
And here's the front-page headline . . .
dealing with WV's drug problem
Amid all the "blame-Obama for drugs" hoopla that we got last week from state Republicans and our local "newspapers," none of the finger-pointers wanted to mention, let alone blame, the drug companies and their distributors for shipping pain pills into southern West Virginia in numbers that far exceeded the demand. At the . . .