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Sometimes no publicity is the best publicity (with evening update)

Ryan Ferns and "free-publicity-for-our-favorites week"

I noted on Friday that it appeared that our local "newspapers" were celebrating "free-publicity-for-our-favorites week." As of this morning, the papers have covered Capito, McKinley, and Morissey but have ignored their favorite state senator, Ryan Ferns. Ferns has been making news but my hunch is that it doesn't lend . . .

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February 22, 2016

Following the WV legislature 6

Active fracking bills

SB 508 - nuisance lawsuits

On Thursday SB 508 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. (I previously wrote about this bill here.) According to the Gazette-Mail:

The bill (SB 508) gives businesses virtual immunity from private “nuisance lawsuits” so long as the business does not violate a law, regulation or the terms of . . .

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February 20, 2016

Local "newspapers" celebrate "free-publicity-for-our-favorites week" (with update)

Updated February 20

Rep. David McKinley

Yesterday, both local "newspapers" carried an article detailing Representative David McKinley's views on replacing Justice Antonin Scalia despite the fact that what McKinley believes doesn't matter -- members of the House have no input on the matter.

In the article McKinley rehashed the . . .

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February 19, 2016

Following the WV legislature 5

Do our local "newspapers" know that the legislature is in session?

House approves religious exemption bill

The AP is reporting:

A West Virginia religious-exemptions bill that opponents say would allow for discrimination has cleared the Republican-led House of Delegates.

Approved by Thursday's 72-26 vote, the proposal would let people cite religious objections to state actions . . .

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February 11, 2016

The Intelligencer "selectively uses" EPA scientists (whose credibility they usually question) to attack the EPA

What the Intelligencer won't do to assail Obama, the EPA and climate change

Here's what happened:

  1. The EPA's report on fracking came out in early June and a number of news sources, including the local ones, carried a headline that fracking was not a threat to our drinking water. Despite the headline, most of these reports, including the original AP report, featured critics who pointed out that . . .

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January 12, 2016

Maybe Murray Energy does own the local "newspapers"

updated September 11

When I began this blog, I joked and then later semi-joked that the real owner of the local newspapers is Murray Energy. The near-constant coverage of even the most mundane company matters, the PR releases posing as news stories, and of course, the frequent verbatim musings from corporate president Robert Murray that go unchallenged regularly . . .

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September 10, 2015

Natural gas and the clean power plan

More "fair and balanced" front-page news from the Intelligencer

Are we sure Robert Murray (or one of his assistants) isn't writing the front-page stories and editorials for the Intelligencer?

The title for Saturday's anti-Obama, pro-coal-owner editorial in the Intelligencer was "Stop Obama Power Grab." Regular readers of Wheeling "newspapers" probably know that . . .

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August 10, 2015

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