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4 West Virginia newspapers put rally on front pages over convictions

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President
Donald Trump at an Ohio rally Aug. 4, 2018.


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  • Three of the four West Virginia newspapers included
    President Donald Trump’s rally on the front pages on Wednesday
    rather than the guilty convictions of his former attorney
    Michael Cohen and campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
  • All four newspaper front pages included Trump’s
    decision this week to do away with coal emission standards the
    Obama administration implemented.
  • It shows just how different the news can be for
    Americans.

Three of the four West Virginia newspapers included
President Donald Trump’s
rally
on their Wednesday front pages rather than the guilty
convictions of his former attorney Michael Cohen and campaign
chairman Paul Manafort.

All four newspaper front pages included Trump’s decision this
week to
do away with coal emission standards
 the Obama
administration implemented.

The only West Virginia newspaper to include the Cohen and
Manafort guilty convictions on its front page was the Charleston
Gazette-Mail, which placed both stories in
sidebars to the right of its main story on the coal news.

The Huntington-based Herald-Dispatch, the Beckley-based Register-Herald, and the Morgantown-based
Dominion Post all ran Trump’s West Virginia
rally and his decision to roll back the Clean Power Plan as the
lead stories for Wednesday.

The Register-Herald mentioned Cohen and Manafort in two blurbs at
the bottom of their front page.

As Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget commented on Twitter,
“This makes it much easier to understand why Americans have such
divergent views of what is actually happening.”

At his rally in Charleston on Tuesday night, Trump barely discussed the guilty
convictions
of Cohen and Manafort.

Cohen
struck a deal
on Tuesday afternoon with prosecutors to plead
guilty to eight federal crimes, including five counts of tax
evasion, one count of bank fraud, two counts of campaign finance
violations.

During his plea entry, Cohen said Trump directed
him to make the illegal campaign and corporate contributions in
order to influence the election.

Meanwhile, a jury found
Manafort guilty
of eight counts of tax fraud, bank fraud, and
failure to report foreign bank accounts.

They were unable to reach a verdict on the other 10 counts he was
accused of, and the judge declared a mistrial on those charges.

“It doesn’t involve me, but it’s a very sad thing that happened,”
Trump said on the Manafort conviction after landing in West
Virginia. “This has nothing to do with Russian collusion.”

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