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Lowlights from this week’s Wheeling Intelligencer

Intelligencer breaks its own one-day record for most PR releases passing as news stories

On Monday of this week, the front “news” section of the Wheeling Intelligencer published six public relations releases disguised as news reports. Three of them were from West Virginia University, and there was one each from a local realtor, . . .

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February 21, 2020

Plain and simple plagiarism

Yet another reason to call the Wheeling Intelligencer a “newspaper”

Yesterday, the Washington Post released the Vatican report on former Bishop Michael J. Bransfield. (See next post down.) This morning’s Wheeling Intelligencer covered some of the findings of the document in a front-page article attributed to "staff reports." Much of the article quotes directly from the report – that makes sense . . .

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December 24, 2019

The answer: three old PR releases, one AP story and at least one picture of bridge construction

The question: what do we usually find on the Wheeling Intelligencer's front page on Monday?

As is often the case on Mondays, today's Wheeling Intelligencer front page contain little news especially if you believe that a news story ought to be current and relevant. Today’s front page features four stories -- only one of which meets both of those standards. (It's an AP story on the House impeachment inquiry.)

Here are . . .

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December 02, 2019

Hey, Intelligencer -- you left out the third paragraph of this morning's AP report on the Trump/Democrat meeting to end the government shutdown

The front page of this morning's Wheeling Intelligencer carried part of an Associated Press report on yesterday's meeting between President Trump and Democratic leaders to end the government shutdown. Unfortunately for local readers, the Intelligencer skipped the AP's third paragraph. (The missing paragraph is in bold.)

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January 10, 2019

Where is the "light and information" on our local congressional race?

Unfortunately, you won’t find any in the Wheeling Intelligencer

Light and information?

This coming Friday is the anniversary of the Wheeling Intelligencer’s founding and if the past is any prologue, we will get to read yet another editorial telling us what an incredible job the Intelligencer does in serving its readers. The editorial will most likely quote the paper’s founding philosophy:

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August 20, 2018

What is news?

A look at how the Wheeling Intelligencer and national newspapers handled the report on priest molestation in Pennsylvania (with afternoon update)

The top story on last evening’s network newscasts was the report from a Pennsylvania grand jury that Roman Catholic priests had molested over 1,000 children.

How did major U.S. newspapers handle the story?

Here are the headlines from this morning’s Kiosko.net:

The New York Times put it at the top of their front . . .

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August 15, 2018

It’s old news but now there are pictures (lots of them)!

with 5:15 PM impeachment update

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The judicial excess that was practiced by some members of the West Virginia Supreme Court is news and it has been treated as such for the last couple of months. Does it justify half of this morning’s front page? Okay, there are now pictures. Was it that slow of a news day? I looked around to see what stories other news sources were . . .

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August 07, 2018

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