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Daily Mail editorial: A free and independent press is sacred to America

Charleston Gazette-Mail President Donald Trump is no fan of the news media. Or at least of many of the nation’s most long-respected and widely read and watched news organizations. “So funny to watch the Fake News, especially NBC and CNN,” the president tweeted in June of this year, claiming that the networks were downplaying his […]

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Gazette editorial: Fake news? Usually true

Charleston Gazette-Mail In recent days, West Virginians have gotten an up-close look at how Gov. Jim Justice handles news he doesn’t like. The short answer is, not well. Justice accuses the news media, some more than others, of not being “positive” enough, while he calls a story “negative” if it accurately reports inconvenient facts — […]

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By August 16, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: Attacks on media undercut vital role of the press

The Herald-Dispatch During his campaign for the presidency and his tenure in office, Donald Trump has routinely portrayed the press as disseminating “fake news” and as an “enemy of the American people.” Handy catchphrases, the type he has regularly deployed on his way to vanquishing his political opponents and to try to shape the national […]

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By August 16, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: ‘Fake News’: Trump’s attacks on journalism are harmful

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel Donald Trump began very early in his presidency to hit the accelerator on use of the term “fake news” in what, at the time, seemed a battle with major national media outlets. He has not let up; and the ripple effects go far beyond the organizations at which the president […]

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By August 16, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: ‘Fake news’ label incorrect

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register It was less than a month into his term when President Donald Trump ramped up his “fake news” battle with several big national media outlets, referring to them at that time as the “enemy of the people.” The rhetoric continues 18 months later as the term “fake news” now permeates […]

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By August 16, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: ‘Fake news’ rhetoric damages our democracy

The Journal Fake news” has been a staple of President Donald Trump’s campaign and subsequent time in the White House, and his use of that and similar terms to ostracize the media has increased recently. Now, he and members of his administration have gone so far as to brand the media “the enemy of the […]

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By August 7, 2018 Read More →

Daily Mail editorial: Impeachment committee must get more answers

Charleston Gazette-Mail editorial Justices and staff of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals are entitled to nice offices. These are folks who hear arguments, study the law and make decisions that can affect the lives of West Virginians, the state’s business environment and quality of life for generations to come. Their work spaces also […]

By July 17, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: Credit Trump with diplomacy

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register editorial President Donald Trump is accused frequently of shooting from the lip — that is, speaking and tweeting what is on his mind without regard to the potential consequences. This week, he is being criticized harshly for not doing that. After meeting in Helskinki, Finland, on Monday, Trump and Russian […]

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By June 29, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: Visiting national arts officials can see what W.Va. offers

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel editorial Several months ago, a couple of Kentucky lawmakers suggested the Appalachian Regional Commission move its headquarters from Washington, D.C., to a location in the region it serves. It was a good idea — bureaucrats need to get outside the swamp once in a while to best serve taxpayers in […]

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By June 19, 2018 Read More →

EDITORIAL: W.Va. lawmakers must embark on new initiatives on the economy

The Inter-Mountain editorial Increasing salaries paid to public school teachers in West Virginia was a step toward improving the state’s economy. The action, taken earlier this year by legislators, should make it easier to attract and retain educators. But, as West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee pointed out last week, the process of gaining […]

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