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I’m looking forward to the day when West Virginia will cease being “a canary in a coal mine”

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Today, a number of newspapers carried an Associated Press article* by their medical writer, Mike Stobbe:

As US life expectancy falls, West Virginia offers lessons

Writing from Madison, West Virginia, Stobbe begins:

If you want to understand why U.S. life expectancy is declining, West . . .

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December 18, 2018

Following-up on some previous posts

(with Nov 18 update)

Documentary "Blood on the Mountain"

I wrote about "Blood on the Mountain" most recently here. From today's LA Times review of the documentary which just opened in Los Angeles:

Using interviews, archival clips, and a timeline of headlines and news footage, it tells a tale of violent capitalism on . . .

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November 17, 2016

Election Day odds and ends

Intelligencer stays true to form

The largest headline on this morning's front page tells us:

Candidates Make Their Final Pitches

The report is yet another example of the Intelligencer's "fair-and-balanced" political reporting: a little over 20% of the article covers the Democrats as most . . .

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November 08, 2016

Reading about WV

"Like giving the middle finger to the rest of the country"

This week's New Yorker has a long "reporter at large" article titled "In the Heart of Trump Country" by Larissa MacFarquhar. The reporter spent time in Logan County and she tries to answer the question:

West Virginia used to vote solidly Democratic. Now it belongs to Trump. What happened?

. . .

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October 13, 2016

Will the mass media ever present a balanced picture of West Virginians?

CNN's "The 'forgotten tribe' in West Virginia; why America's white working class feels left behind"

This five minute CNN story on West Virginia's McDowell County first aired two weeks ago.

I found it significant that the West Virginians in the video are part of a "tribe" . . .

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October 03, 2016

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