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 . . .
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 . . .
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.. . .
Turnpike fees and a Kasich veto
Turnpike fees are going up
Yes, that's what Ogden's state news reporter, Steven Allen Adams, tells us on the front page of this morning's Wheeling Intelligencer:
Turnpike Tolls To Rise In 2019
Adams and the Intelligencer are a bit late to this story, however. Here is the AP report from June 7 . . .
Two recent stories that didn’t make the local “newspapers”
Ogden buys Ogden (UT) newspaper and then lays off 29 employees
From the Associated Press on Saturday:
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Standard-Examiner newspaper has let go of 29 employees as it undergoes a transfer to new ownership.
The northern Utah newspaper reports that the employees were told Thursday their positions . . .
Not surprisingly, it’s about President Trump
Yesterday afternoon the office of President Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, was raided by federal agents. Documents were seized, and the president reacted angrily. The Associated Press’ first stories on the seizure appear to have gone out shortly after 4 PM. (Here is an early version.) Later that hour, local television news began to . . .
Baseball and newspapers on the cheap 2
Two months ago, I wrote a post about how Bob Nutting essentially runs the Ogden newspaper chain and the Pittsburgh Pirates the same way: do it as cheaply as possible and don’t worry about the quality of the product -- the profits will be there.
Here’s an update on how that business plan is working for the Nutting-owned Pittsburgh . . .