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More PR posing as real news

Updated - October 7

Yesterday's PR release from Murray Energy that landed on the News-Register's front page (see below) was moved to today's Intelligencer's front page of the 2nd section. Casey Junkins added his byline and rewrote parts of the story. The Intelligencer then replaced the front page Murray Energy story with another PR release - this . . .

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October 06, 2015

Murray safety violations

Suing and blaming the victims

The headline for the front-page story in the morning Intelligencer tells us that:

Murray, Union Engage In Safety Report Dispute

The company is suing the United Mine Workers for "breaching wage agreements and filing false complaints." According to a Murray official:

For nearly two years, the . . .

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September 23, 2015

Intelligencer: we cover what the pope says only when he agrees with us

with update -- Wednesday evening

Echoing their limited and biased coverage of the papal encyclical on climate change last May, this morning's Intelligencer edited Pope Francis' views out of a front-page story from the Associated Press on the Iran nuclear treaty. Here is what is the Intelligencer dropped from the original AP report:

The international . . .

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September 16, 2015

A loss is actually a win

The Intelligencer spins another one for Murray Energy

I was originally going to call this Update 2 and add it to the previous post on Murray Energy's control over the news flow in the Ohio Valley. The more research that I did, however, the more that I was bothered by the Intelligencer's willingness to print what looks like a PR release without first checking its accuracy and so I decided . . .

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September 12, 2015

Not exactly a profile in courage

Joe Manchin will vote against the agreement with Iran

Senator Joe Manchin announced yesterday that:

. . . . he will oppose the nuclear deal with Iran.

Manchin says Tuesday the Iranian regime has shown no signs of changing its behavior and the deal involving world power does "nothing to guarantee that behavior changes."

For months Manchin had . . .

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September 09, 2015

Another self-promoting, Intelligencer editorial

Seems like it was just yesterday but it's been thirty days since the last Intelligencer editorial told us what a great newspaper it is. Today's excuse is that it was established on August 24, 1852 and so it's an anniversary of sorts. Half the editorial is a review of the front page story that they wrote about themselves last month . . .

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August 24, 2015

Funding community programs to fight heroin

Blame (but no praise) for the White House

Earlier in the week the federal government announced grants for community programs to combat the increased use of heroin. As reported by WTRF and a number of other West Virginia media outlets:

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) granted additional funding for West Virginia’s designated High Intensity . . .

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August 20, 2015

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