The Monday Intelligencer: Another recycled editorial and Steven Allen Adams writes about a popular meme that he says doesn’t make West Virginians look good
The lazy Intelligencer once again demonstrates its disdain for its readership
If today’s lead editorial looked familiar, the exact same editorial was run on August 8 under a different title. Once again, the paper shows no respect for its readers; filler is all that matters.
Steven Allen Adams blames West Virginians for misinterpreting a popular meme; maybe he should have blamed WV’s treasurer, Riley Moore
In his weekly column, Ogden’s political reporter, Steven Allen Adams, explains a meme that made the rounds last week about an out-of-state electric car owner who ran out of power in WV and was helped by local coal miners. Adams explains what happened and then makes a number of excellent points in a column titled “No Good Deed Goes Unpublished”:
I have to wonder if this person knows they are part of a meme being used to “own the libs”? I really hope the person remembers the kindness of the miners who helped versus the ugliness of over-politicized people on social media and the internet. I hope this person isn’t turned off from returning to West Virginia in the future.
The original picture, as Adams points out, was taken by State Senator Randy Smith, who is a coal miner:
Smith — the chairman of the Senate Energy, Industry, and Mining Committee – probably couldn’t help taking the photo. The image is indeed impactful. It is certainly a reminder to not take for granted where the power comes from to charge your car, cell phones, and other devices. But some have taken that photo and used it in a pretty ugly way.
If you go searching for who “used it in a pretty ugly way,” you will find this meme was spread by a number of sources. Almost all of them had a couple of likes and a couple of retweets. But most never got out of the single digits. However, one tweet garnered thousands of likes and retweets. That one was by WV’s treasurer, Riley Moore:
An electric car breaks down in West Virginia and coal miners push it up the road to the mine to recharge.— Riley Moore (@RileyMooreWV) September 4, 2022
Friendly reminder that electric cars don’t exist without coal. pic.twitter.com/UORbfQ2HnO
Adams gets a couple of hundred words from a meme that may not make “West Virginia look good.” Okay, but couldn’t he at least acknowledge who was responsible for spreading it? Of course not, Riley Moore is an Ogden favorite and he’s never criticized. (Did you know that Moore started his career as a welder?)