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Weekend front pages and a righteous Mike Myer column

Irrelevant news and "handling the truth"

Saturday

Trump barely makes the front page

As noted in my previous post, President Trump was only referenced once in Friday's Wheeling Intelligencer -- on the last page of the paper in an article about the Kentucky governor's race. Despite Friday being an especially newsworthy day in the impeachment hearings, . . .

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November 17, 2019

Bridge pictures, Ohio editorials, but no McKinley

Reading today's Intelligencer

A quick summary of today’s morning "Wheeling" newspaper

The front-page features two stories about bridges with three bridge pictures. The front-section article with the largest headline is

Police: 3 Suspected of Killing Witness at Dallas Cop’s Trial

(Why the big headline, or for that matter, the . . .

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October 09, 2019

I guess that’s what happens when you increase font size*

The Wheeling Intelligencer prints only the first 219 words of a 1312-word AP story on the Trump impeachment probe

Last evening, the Associated Press reported the day’s activities by Democratic congressmen investigating the president’s actions in the Ukraine and the Trump administration’s, especially Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s, pushback.

Here is the final Intelligencer paragraph in today's significantly-shortened version of that AP . . .

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October 02, 2019

Newspapers on the cheap (again)

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Today’s front page of the Wheeling Intelligencer features three pictures of construction equipment* that take-up roughly half of the front page. Two of them are connected to a story about the construction of a home improvement store at the Highlands:

Menards Going Up Fast At The Highlands

Okay, one of . . .

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October 01, 2019

Reporters vs. stenographers

Some thoughts on why our local media underserves us

The title of today’s Wheeling Intelligencer editorial asks the following questions about the abuses of former Bishop Bransfield: “Who knew? Why did no one act?” The editorial rightly faults the Catholic Church but shouldn’t West Virginia media be asking themselves that same question?

The editorial mirrors a June column by the paper’s . . .

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September 20, 2019

Editor Mike Myer asks: “If Bransfield did all these things for so long, how did he get away with it?”

Yes, it’s a clueless question from the editor of a newspaper that brags daily on its masthead that it has “stood guard for 166 years against predatory interests which would violate civil rights.”

Here’s my answer to Myer’s question: because those who had the power and the microphone (the Catholic Church, local media, and law enforcement) chose not to investigate.

Myer rightly questions the diocese but that is as far as he goes. I’m sure he, like anyone in the area who does not live under a rock, has heard rumors about some . . .

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June 09, 2019

A quick look at Sunday's Wheeling News-Register

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On the front page

Biggest story by headline and picture-size is

Plans Made For The New Year

The sub-headline tells us:

Many Residents of the Ohio Valley are Making Resolutions for 2019

Really? This article looks like one of those local news satires found at The Onion.

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December 30, 2018

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