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WaPo Buries ‘War on Coal’ to Page 16

posted at 5:54 pm on September 20, 2012 by

Obama’s War on Coal Gets the WaPo treatment

Coal miners in the battleground states of Pennsylvania and Virginia are losing their jobs in part because of onerous federal regulations. But news of fresh layoffs by Alpha Natural Resources was shuttled to page A16 by Washington Post editors in their September 19th edition.

According to Post staffer Steve Mufson, Alpha Natural Resources  will lay off 160 mineworkers and abandon eight mines in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia this week.  Alpha is “the largest coal producer by revenue and third-largest in production.”  Talk about President Obama being on the side of workers.

The company still relies on the U.S. market, so the usual liberal narratives of outsourcing destroying the American working man doesn’t work here.  It’s due to “cheap new U.S. natural gas supplies, a weak economy, and environmental regulations.”  Yeah, might those be regulations that Obama promised would kill new coal-producing plants back in 2008 to placate the environmental left? For his part, Mufson leaves that issue unexplored and, indeed, fails to consider any of the political dimensions of such job losses just weeks before the November election in a stagnant economy.

The regulatory onslaught on behalf of the EPA is nothing new. Back in 2011, Investors Business Daily published a column showing that the new regulations would be a job killing policy that could cost over a million jobs.  In fact, “Steven Miller, CEO of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, warns of job losses totaling 1.4 million over the next eight years and a 23% jump in electricity rates in states dependent on coal-fired plants. Well, Obama did promise he would make energy prices ‘necessarily skyrocket.”

Another point within Mufson’s September 19 story is that the job cuts with Alpha will be much larger.  To cut $150 million in overhead costs, the company will need to cut another 800 jobs in the near future.  But at least “none of the Alpha layoffs affected union membership.”

That’s a relief! We wouldn’t want Obama-friendly labor unions to suffer job losses in the sour Obama economy! A story like that might only get buried on page A4.

Originally posted on Newsbusters.

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WaPo Buries ‘War on Coal’ to Page 16

I wonder how long a vacuum can last. We have had this problem for decades where the papers are tailored for liberals and not conservatives.

So, if there really is a desire for more balanced or even conservative news, shouldn’t an entrepreneur have filled it by now and gotten rich like Fox News? Sad thing is that Fox News seems to have slipped to just left of center from moderately right of center 6 years ago. Is that a financial call because selling to moderate and conservatives does not pay the bills or a political call that is financially neutral or even damaging?

I do not have any answers for these, but they should be asked, since this supposed vacuum has existed for decades…

astonerii on September 20, 2012 at 6:12 PM

So, if there really is a desire for more balanced or even conservative news, shouldn’t an entrepreneur have filled it by now and gotten rich like Fox News? Sad thing is that Fox News seems to have slipped to just left of center from moderately right of center 6 years ago. Is that a financial call because selling to moderate and conservatives does not pay the bills or a political call that is financially neutral or even damaging?

I do not have any answers for these, but they should be asked, since this supposed vacuum has existed for decades…

astonerii on September 20, 2012 at 6:12 PM

This is a very interesting question.
On the lack of entrepreneurs, possibly the start-up costs are simply too high; I don’t know how Fox got to its current status.
Are mod/cons too cheap to buy papers, even those that support their partisan positions?
I haven’t seen anything that would indicate they are less likely to want the adverts (which is all I would buy one for), and so they might prefer a rag that isn’t so obviously biased if they could get one.
There are “local” papers with conservative world-views, just not the national “leaders”.
(personal note: my hometown pape prints opposing political viewpoints, often on the same page, because a really-small-town editor can’t afford to alienate half his potential readers, unlike the NYT and its ilk).
As for broadcast media, television is almost by definition a national market, because of the cost of programming (cable has changed that enough to get Fox into the mix), but again, advertising drives the news product, not the other way around (even if formal program sponsors are obsolete, some ad-buys constitute a de facto sponsorship).
The staff at ad agencies is overwhelmingly leftist; they support programs that support their worldview; they market to people who they THINK support their worldview.
Even if a conservative news program existed, most agencies wouldn’t buy time on it (except maybe for Chik-fil-A?).
Maybe that explains Fox. I don’t know. I don’t watch the shows, so I don’t see the commercials.
Just something to think about.

AesopFan on September 20, 2012 at 11:02 PM

advertising drives the news product, When I’m watching TV and in the middle of an exciting part an ad comes on the bottom of the screen telling me the station and story I’m watching, HUH! Ad saturation is to the point where none are relevant. Drugs and cars are what most ads are about. Usually there are seven minutes of ads and amount to about 14 separate ads. Movies are also out of the question, I quite them years ago when there’s a half an hour of back to back ads before the movie. It really gets crazy, I bought a new computer and for weeks after my mail box was loaded with sales ads about computers. Serious marketing skills from the gutter.

mixplix on September 21, 2012 at 4:59 PM