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Did nothing happen yesterday in the world, country, region or state?

The Wheeling Intelligencer devotes most of today’s front page to West Virginia University

The headline at the top of the front-page reads:

WVU Touts Standing As Research Institution

The sub-heading tells us the specifics:

University receives R1 ranking

Is this news? Not if recency is part of your definition -- the announcement of continued R1 standing happened 100 days ago. . . .

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April 02, 2019

“It’s the same old song” (with apologies to the Four Tops)

Reading the Sunday Wheeling News-Register

The front page

More self-promotion masquerading as news

Easily the biggest article on the front page of today's Wheeling News-Register is the 700-word story (with picture) promoting Ogden’s Corporate Cup Challenge which is two months away. Not unlike the 1900 words on Ogden’s “Tough as Nails Urban Challenge” two weeks . . .

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March 31, 2019

Hey, Ogden Newspapers: If you’re too cheap to pay for a plagiarism checker, there are free ones online

I know, I know. It doesn’t matter if the article is a “cut and paste” job – it takes up space

This morning, with a few minutes to kill, I looked at some sections of the paper that I usually don’t read. One article on page five (it’s also on page 5 of the evening paper) caught my attention:

Choose to Use Healthy Words

by Carrie White. (She apparently writes a "Healthy Ways" column.)

After . . .

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March 28, 2019

Pure PR: “Hospital Touts Health Ranking”

In need of some good publicity, Wheeling Hospital’ cites a health study that doesn’t prove what the hospital’s spokesperson says it does; local Ogden "newspapers" oblige by putting in on the front page

The spin

It’s not been a good week for Wheeling Hospital. After lots of bad publicity from the decision by the federal government to further pursue physician kickbacks at the hospital, some good PR was certainly needed. Luckily, Ogden Newspapers readily obliged by sending a stenographer, Linda Comins, to report the hospital’s spin on . . .

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March 27, 2019

McKinley and Malkin in the Sunday News-Register

Some election fluff and more racism

No more joking about McKinley's 2020 reelection campaign -- it's on and Ogden papers are ready to do their part

My subheading on yesterday's post about local congressman David McKinley joked that the Intelligencer was launching the McKinley reelection campaign with editor Mike Myer's Saturday column. Despite the fact . . .

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March 24, 2019

"Bipartisan" and "McKinley" in the same sentence?

Mike Myer and the Intelligencer kick off the congressman’s reelection campaign

Today’s Mike Myer column is mostly about praising WV’s 1st Congressional District congressman, David McKinley, for his supposed bipartisanship. Support for Myer’s position comes in the form of the recently-released Lugar Center Bipartisan Center Index for the 115th Congress which ranked McKinley 11th in the House.

The Index purports . . .

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March 23, 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

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