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Published by waner in Wheeling newspapers · 8/3/2015 13:40:00
Tags: Myer
Attacking the academic straw men

I realize that having to do weekly columns can sometimes be tough - the news doesn't always co-operate. Wouldn't it be better to skip a column than to write one like today's Michael Myer column, "Rating Outrageous Campuses?"

Earlier this week, the University of California - Irvine's student council voted 6 to 4 to ban all flags from its lobby.  (You can read about the students' reasons here.)  Two days later, the school's executive cabinet overruled the ban. I think this is a non-story:  a student council passes a ban and two days later its rescinded. The original action, however, got a lot of outrage from the right wing press led by, of course, Fox News. Today Michael Myer uses it as a starting point for attacks aimed at diversity issues, universities, and those who opposed the Vietnam War. He writes:

It's tempting to conclude the resolution's authors haven't read much about Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union or Maoist China.

Or maybe they have.

College and university campuses have encouraged extreme mindlessness for a long time. Many Americans remember the 1960s and early 1970s, when anti-war protests by some students degenerated into spitting on American servicemen. On occasion, "peace" protesters used violence.

Note that his attacks have nothing to do with what happened at UC-Irvine. And once again Myer invokes the "spit on servicemen" cliche this time suggesting that it was higher education that taught them to spit. (By the way, there is academic research that argues that the "spitting on servicemen" never actually happened - the stories of such occurences were likely created to demonize those opposed to the Vietnam War. Here is what I wrote about this last May in another likely-Myer's editorial that referenced the "spitting on servicemen.")

Lost in Myer's broad attacks on the Irvine campus and higher education is the fact that this was not a campus-wide vote and that the student's action was rescinded two days later. Myer could have pointed this out but then what would he write about?

-- Reporting on Kasich's visit

Published by waner in Wheeling newspapers · 23/2/2015 11:06:00
Tags: IntelligencerKasich
I think they left something out

Friday's Intelligencer report on Kasich's visit to West Virginia focused on the Ohio governor's campaign for a federal balanced budget amendment. The amendment was not the only thing that Kasich talked about, however. Here's a report from the Charleston Gazette:

Surrounded by Republican legislators who are pushing for West Virginia to pass a “right-to-work” law, Ohio’s Republican governor said last week that a similar move was not necessary in his state.

There is no indication that businesses are staying away from Ohio just because it has not passed a right-to-work law, Gov. John Kasich said. “No, we don’t see that in our state, I don’t have any evidence of it,” Kasich said.

Kasich provided an example:

Kasich said that when a huge energy construction project was considering coming to Ohio, they met with the state Building and Construction Trades Council, which coordinates local unions, to “assure them that that project would be done on time; it would be done in a manner that everybody would be proud of.”

Kasich is certainly no friend of unions - he went after the public sector unions a couple of years ago. In light of that, I think his comments about right-to-work laws are very newsworthy and that's probably the reason why the Charleston Gazette put it on their front page. Here, it doesn't fit their agenda and so it's not even worth a mention. And that's another reason why I call them "newspapers."

--- Reading the Sunday News-Register

Published by waner in Wheeling newspapers · 14/12/2014 11:18:54
Tags: NewsRegisterMyerHeroin

But there was not much to actually read

The News-Register usually has 4 sections that have news content: the front section, opinion & community, life, and sports. Below are screen shots of the front page of three of those sections. Look at the graphics and how they dominate the page: the hypodermic needle is twice the size of a real needle and gets used twice, the near-life size picture of the child's head is part of a graphic that itself takes up almost half the page, and all of the oversized headlines use a graphic design that dominates the page. When you use graphics to this extent, it certainly limits how much actual news can be covered.


Credit where credit is due

While the rest of the news was on the sparse side, I thought the team of reporters looking at the heroin problem did a thorough job. I hope to come back to this issue in a couple of days.

Speaking of headlines

If you turn to the automobile section, you'll see this headline: "1932 Packard Gets Lifetime Gentile Care." Henry Ford would be proud.

Michael Myer reverts to the mean

After a month of not-very-political commentary, Michael Myer is back to form with his usual assortment of guilt by association, name-calling, extranaeous issues, straw men, and mean-spiritedness.  The column is supposed to be about Jonathan Gruber, the former-Obama advisor who was one of the architects of Obamacare, who recently suggested that the stupidity of the American voter was necessary for its passage. As usual, everything is connected to Obama and liberals. One sentence doesn't have all of the above but this one comes mighty close:

From an objective standpoint, West Virginians' opposition to Obama, his health care law, his attack on coal and affordable electricity and any number of other liberal initiatives sets us outside the "stupidity of the American voter" category Gruber has mentioned.

Recently, I've not had much to write about on Sunday - it's good to see Myer returning to form!

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Published by waner in Wheeling newspapers · 6/10/2014 17:33:00
Tags: newspaper

Not too condescending

It’s a new month and so it’s once again time for the News-Register to editorialize about how important the paper is to its readers. This month’s quote:

Our editorial pages look at local, state and national issues from the standpoint of what is good for our readers.

That’s right – none of that ultra-liberal, Harry Reid, radical environmental crap on our editorial pages because the News-Register knows "what is good for our readers."

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