- 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.”
A sampling of West Virginia front pages this morning pic.twitter.com/RrzwuKCY8N
— James Arkin (@JamesArkin) August 22, 2018
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.”