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A look at an evidence-free editorial on “Getting Kids Back to Class”

Is it laziness or is there so little evidence to support its conclusion?

Since April, our Ogden papers have been in favor of quickly reopening the American economy that was shut down by the coronavirus. Early on, they published a a number of columnists (most of them from Town Hall) who argued for adoption of the Swedish model in which the government did not close down the country’s businesses as most European . . .

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August 08, 2020

“What About The Next Time?”

A Wheeling News-Register editorial defends Trump’s coronavirus policies without once mentioning his name (with Update)

Yesterday’s lead editorial in the Wheeling News-Register defended President Trump by rewriting America’s short history of dealing with the coronavirus. (Like good propaganda, it rewrites the past in order to explain the present.) The editorial begins:

By the time we knew the enemy at our gates was a viciously specialized foe, it . . .

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June 24, 2020

On charter schools, the ends justify the means for the Wheeling News-Register

Today’s paper uses two out-of-context quotes in its editorial on charter schools in West Virginia

Today’s editorial, “Writing Rules For Charters,” concludes:

The new law makes it difficult enough to establish a charter school in West Virginia. In writing specific regulations, state officials should take care not to make the endeavor impossible.

That may be the editorial's thesis. Early in the editorial, it . . .

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September 15, 2019

More hypocrisy -- Ogden Newspapers and Mike Myer on West Virginia’s drug crisis

They had no problem blaming Obama when he was president; today’s column doesn’t even mention Trump

A 2015 Wheeling News-Register editorial

It was the fall of 2015 and then President Obama was set to visit West Virginia, one of the states that was being overwhelmed by the opioid epidemic. On the Sunday before his visit, the Wheeling News-Register editorialized:

It may be that some of the drug addicts President Barack . . .

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May 25, 2019

Despite its title, yesterday’s News-Register editorial is not about dispelling stereotypes

No, “Visit May Dispel Some Stereotypes” continues Ogden’s rewrite of the events surrounding the racist Republican display in the Capitol rotunda earlier this month

Republicans are blameless for what happened in Charleston

By shifting the focus to who brought the poster, the editorial, “Visit May Dispel Some Stereotypes,” continues Ogden’s efforts to absolve the Republican Party of any responsibility for what happened in the Capitol Rotunda earlier this month:

A few weeks ago, . . .

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March 22, 2019

Shorter version of today’s Wheeling News-Register editorial: “We’re shocked, shocked that anyone could possibly think that the WV Republican Party encourages racism”

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Who is criticized the most? A look at the possible answers

A. It's not House Speaker Roger Hanshaw. The speaker is quoted in the article about allowing:

national level politics to become a cancer on our state, to become a cancer on our Legislature, to invade our chamber in a way that, frankly, makes me . . .

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March 04, 2019

Today’s Wheeling News-Register editorial assures us that the current EPA can be relied upon to enforce environmental rules. Why don’t I believe them?

Answer: I did some research on the EPA's Chemours decision

The editorial, “Proving the EPA Can Be Relied Upon,” doesn’t prove what it says it does. It begins:

With some local residents expressing concern about the ethane cracker plant that may be built in Belmont County, it is important that government regulatory agencies ensure there is reason to have faith they will enforce . . .

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February 18, 2019

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