Our local papers can certainly relate to "failed leadership"
Iowa’s Republican senator, Joni Ernst, was on CNN earlier today:
DANA BASH: You criticized Obama for 'failed leadership' when 2 people in the US died from Ebola. Nearly 130,000 are dead from coronavirus. So is Trump showing failed leadership?@SenJoniErnst: "No. I think that the president is stepping forward." pic.twitter.com/2KDUPpjL2Y— . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
As usual, the Monday Intelligencer consists of week-old local news and PR releases
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.
Residents Speak In . . .
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 . . .