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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Blankenship sues

Oh the irony! GOP corporate baron Don Blankenship, who is funding the campaign to smear Gov. Joe Manchin's bond levy, has filed a frivilous, $300 million lawsuit against the Charleston Gazette, an environmental advocacy group and the United Mine Workers for telling the truth about him. From The State Journal (no friend of the Charleston Gazette):
Jim Haught, editor of The Charleston Gazette, told 13 News reporter Kimberly Beary, "We report Massey coal problems simply factually."

"Massey has many more coal problems than any of the other coal companies put together. To me, we put them together in the newspaper as a matter of fact," Haught said. "I can't imagine why anyone would sue about reporting facts.

"I don't know if we said anything about Blankenship himself except describing his role in public life in West Virginia," he continued. "He has chosen to be a part of an active political scene. It baffles me that he would file a lawsuit when we didn't ever really attack him for anything. We just report the facts that Massey really ruined all those former Cannelton miners, but that's just business. We just reported the way business went."


At Wednesday, June 15, 2005 11:34:00 PM, Blogger ROMA said...

Can anyone tell me what Blankenship has to gain by the Bond sale being voted down? Maybe a state in continued financial crisis who has to continually look to him and his coal company for help. Is he afraid we will not be so dependant on his company and may actually hold him accountable for all the damage he is causing?

At Sunday, June 26, 2005 10:28:00 AM, Blogger John C. said...

I would never trust a coal barron on any account but having listened to him on the radio the other morning I must admit that he has a somewhat plausible argument...he says that we are running a surplus in the state so we should apply the excess to the pension debt. Why he is doing this politically speaking is anyone's guess.

At Monday, June 27, 2005 4:47:00 PM, Blogger John C. said...

That the bond referendum failed this past weekend and Don B.'s smear campaign worked tells one volumes about the voting habits of wild and wonderful west virginians, they vote against their common interests...the word callow comes to mind.


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