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Hypocrisy is not confined to Republican senators

Our local papers can certainly relate to "failed leadership"

Iowa’s Republican senator, Joni Ernst, was on CNN earlier today:

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July 05, 2020

The coronavirus: masks and politics, Trump and Tulsa, and don’t forget Wheeling “newspapers”

The evidence is clear -- wearing masks can clearly reduced the spread of the coronavirus

There are many studies out there that support this conclusion. Here are the two most recent ones. From today’s The Hill:

Masks can reduce coronavirus spread by 40 percent: researchers

Additionally, from a British . . .

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June 12, 2020

The “war on coal” is over

Today, May 7, 2020, the Wheeling News-Register published a pro-alternative energy editorial

I think this is significant.

The “war” was never really a real war as much as a rallying cry for the coal industry and its supporters. Today, Ogden Newspaper’s Wheeling News-Register, long a mainstay in the industry’s propaganda battle, signaled that it was over with its editorial “Area Can Benefit From Solar Energy.”

It . . .

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May 07, 2020

Ogden and the continuing decline of newspapers

Last week, S&P Global Market Intelligence documented how the coronavirus was hurting newspapers regardless of size or the community it served:

Over the past two weeks, dozens of local publications across the country have furloughed or laid off reporters, reduced the frequency of their publishing or dropped their print . . .

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May 04, 2020

Is the future of Ogden Newspapers online?

Recently, Ogden's Nashua (NH) Telegraph and the Provo (UT) Daily reduced their print schedules. Will others soon follow?

Yesterday, the Nashua Telegraph told its readers that it would cease daily publication (as of today) and only print a Sunday edition. According to The New Hampshire Center for Public Interest Journalism:

Saying they are “accelerating our move into the future,” The Telegraph of Nashua is moving online and ending its print . . .

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April 27, 2020

Apparently, nothing much happened in the world this past weekend

As usual, the Monday Intelligencer consists of week-old local news and PR releases

Front-page “news”

The top story:

Wheeling Taking Steps to Fix Flooding Problems

This story tells us that the city is taking steps to fix the flooding that has become a problem in parts of the city. The city announced these steps six days ago.

Underneath it:

Residents Speak In . . .

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April 13, 2020

In today's Wheeling News Register, Ogden rebrands their advertising rate cut as a “grant” then looks for praise for what is simply a business necessity (with 3/30 update)

In tough economic times, businesses frequently cut prices in order to survive – so why is Ogden’s actions front-page news?

Not just in the Ohio Valley, but just about everywhere -- the pandemic has closed most local businesses. As a result, local newspapers, which depend primarily on local businesses for most of their revenue, are hurting badly. (For examples, see NPR’s recent coverage.) Our local Ogden papers are no exception. For instance, last Monday’s . . .

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March 29, 2020

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