The Wheeling Intelligencer, Mac Warner, and the Texas shooting
Okay, what did the Wheeling Intelligencer consider to be today’s most important story for Wheeling-area readers?
If you guessed the horrific shooting in Texas yesterday, you would be wrong. The Texas school shooting does appear on the front page, but today’s most important article, taking-up nearly half of the front page, was a story on WV Secretary of State Mac Warner speech to the local Rotary Club:
Warner: Voter Confidence Starts by Following the Law
What is newsworthy in the article? I found very little, but Warner is an Ogden favorite. Apparently, WV’s Secretary of State, who appeared at a Trump-supported “Stop the Steal” rally a month after the 2020 presidential election, continues to question the results of that election:
“I can’t say it’s fraud,” he stressed. “I don’t call it fraud, I call it having irregularities and improprieties. It’s not fraud on a massive scale — I don’t see conspiracies or believe there was enough of it to see the numbers changing.”
What was obvious in the 2020 general election, Warner said, was “enough votes counted outside the law” in states like Arizona, Wisconsin, Georgia and Pennsylvania to warrant questions, raise concerns and damage voter confidence.
If it was obvious, sir, why has no court of law said so? Not a single one.
Warner said when thousands of absentee ballots are allowed to be corrected after they already have been sent, when ballots are accepted three days after the election is over, when tens of thousands of ballots are counted without proper signature verification, when there is evidence that knapsacks of ballots that have been “harvested” or “trafficked” have been dropped off at drop boxes — then votes are likely being counted through processes that are clearly contrary to state rules.
Again, the article cites no proof for Warner’s "harvested" or "trafficked" assertions, and it would appear that the area's stenographers allowed Warner to forward Trump’s big lie that the election was stolen without any pushback. I will note, because Ogden won’t, that other states’ secretaries have previously complained to the national office about Warner’s spurious claims about the presidential election:
Worth noting:— Dave Mistich (@davemistich) January 28, 2022
Citing @wvsosoffice Mac Warner's recent interview with @NPRMichel, SOS's from Arizona, Maine and Michigan sent a letter to @NASSorg, saying they are "extremely disappointed" in Warner stating (without evidence) there were "improprieties" in the 2020 election. pic.twitter.com/onYpelJS0N
Why is Mac Warner the most important story on today’s front page? Simple. Warner is an Ogden favorite.
Speaking of Ogden favorites, another one shows up on today’s front page:
Shelley Moore Capito Stays Busy in Washington
Wow! Stop the presses on this one! Our senator is staying busy. Yes, it’s another piece of Capito PR fluff by Steven Allen Adams who does this a couple of times a year. (For example, here and here.)
I’m not going to summarize it, there’s nothing new in the article.
Our profiles in courage: Senators Capito and Manchin on what should be done about gun violence
Capito on the Texas shooting
@SenCapito really sticking her neck out here… WV deserves representation, not cowardice.— Amy Irons (@airons27) May 25, 2022
“We will see what comes of the discussions," Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia told reporters.”https://t.co/Ubr5KqJBMY
Manchin: 70 votes
Manchin called on Senate to pass bipartisan bills that could get 70 votes on gun reforms — such as bolstering red flag laws or a narrower background checks bill — even as that has proven elusive. He said he didn’t want to get rid of the filibuster and called for bipartisan talks— Manu Raju (@mkraju) May 25, 2022
Sure, Senator, you'll find 70 votes like you did on all those other pieces of legislation.
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