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Beth Wellington

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I have worked with NewsTrust as a contributing editor and community developer. I value how NT allows us to share and evaluate coverage on important issues and provide feedback to the media. Reviews of my writing are here--please add yours: http://www.newstrust.net/sources/writing_corner.

About Beth Help
Location: Virginia, United States
Occupation: poet and journalist, Free-lance for The Guardian, Roanoke Times, LLRX.com, Appalachian Voice, New River Voice, Daily Yonder and others
Publications: LLRX.com, The Writing Corner, Daily Yonder, Congresspedia, Source Watch, PR Watch, Wikipedia, The Guardian
Interests: congressional legislation, corruption, evoting, mountaintop removal, astroturf groups, media
Expertise: see above areas of interest
Affiliations: Appalachian Writers Coop, Ohio Valley Environmental Coaltion, Blacksburg United for Responsible Growth,
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Journalism: More than 20 years
Education: College graduate
News: 90 minutes a day or more
Internet: 90 minutes a day or more
Languages: English-only
Politics: Center
Age: 50-64
Gender: Female
Income: Decline to state
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Address: VA, 24062, US
Last Visit: Apr 4, 2014 - 4:05 PM PDT
Last Edit: Sep 11, 2012 - 10:00 AM PDT

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Beth reviewed this story - Sep 17, 2012
Beth's Rating
3.8

This is a commentary on the discussion in the NYT about balance. The conclusion is valid, given what I've read elsewhere (i.e. I can prove it) and is well-written, but the author himself fails to support his conclusion by any linking to evidence for his arguments. It might have been nice to acknowledge the writings of Rick Hasen, who wrote back in February "there is no good evidence that impersonation voter fraud, the only kind of voter fraud an ID law can prevent, is a real problem." I've provided the link to that post on his own blog, as well as to a guest post and to his book which came out in August. Hasen is Chancellor's Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine School of Law and ... More »

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NT Rating: 3.9 | See All NT Reviews »
Beth posted this story - Sep 17, 2012
Beth posted this story - Sep 17, 2012
Beth reviewed this story - Sep 17, 2012
Beth's Rating
4.7

In her introduction Goodman raises interesting facts about Koch and where he diverges from the GOP's platform (his support for gay marriage and tax increases) and then shows her attempts to be more than a stenographer by asking Koch a question...There is a link to the whole show at the video and there is a transcript for this segment.

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NT Rating: 4.4 | See All NT Reviews »
Beth posted this story - Sep 17, 2012
Beth posted this story - Sep 17, 2012
Beth posted this story - Sep 17, 2012
Beth posted this story - Sep 17, 2012
Beth commented on this review – Sep. 17, 2012
david ben
2.0
(NT Rating: 4.4)
Reviewed by david ben - Sep. 3, 2012
Beth Wellington Comment:

This review did not help me because it did not tell me what information was lacking, nor why it lacked insight. And given those low ratings, why did the reviewer recommend it as average? Without further information, it’s hard to know if the reviewer simply disagrees with the ... More »

Beth posted this story - Sep 17, 2012
Beth posted and reviewed this story - Sep 11, 2012
Beth's Rating
4.6

It's interesting to contrast the local multimedia story with the feel-good one by CBS which caught my attention on the feed because of the topic. I like that this story provides so many facts omitted by other: the name of the company, the founder's background, his family's support both financial (the bank which foreclosed on the property sold it to his parents' company) and non-financial ( his father was the one who informed him that the property was available.), the government's support (the Council of St. George's support for a Community Development grant and load, the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, designation as a "Pine Tree Zone business yielding tax breaks) etc. There is one sentence that ... More »

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NT Rating: 4.6 | See All NT Reviews »
Beth posted and reviewed this story - Sep 11, 2012
Beth reviewed this story - Jan 31, 2012
Beth's Rating
4.7
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NT Rating: 4.2 | See All NT Reviews »
Beth reviewed this story - Dec 1, 2011
Beth's Rating
2.5

Milbank seems to write this just to be contrarian of any praise for Frank upon his retirement. The reporter he quotes seems to have been playing gotcha and Frank wasn't cooperating. Milbank has been one of my least favorite writers ever since he penned this gem http://newstrust.net/stories/23964 with the "clever" lede, "Barack Obama has long been his party's presumptive nominee. Now he's becoming its presumptuous nominee. " For an analysis of that piece, see http://newstrust.net/stories/23965/

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NT Rating: 3.2 | See All NT Reviews »
Beth reviewed this story - Nov 3, 2011
Beth's Rating
2.9

Not much substance here...and the disclosure that PolitiFact is planning a partnership with POLITICO is relatively buried in the sixth paragraph.

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Beth reviewed this story - Nov 3, 2011
Beth's Rating
4.1

The author uses a number of specific details to bolster her arguments and writes in an engaging, although partisan fashion.

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NT Rating: 3.9 | See All NT Reviews »
Beth commented on this review – Nov. 3, 2011
Jack Dinkmeyer
3.7
(NT Rating: 3.9)
Reviewed by Jack Dinkmeyer - Nov. 2, 2011

Interesting a UK newspaper is the one with the article about more Republican voting disenfranchisement. Along with restructuring voting districts into something resembling pretzels, and every other nefarious scheme to keep Americans from their right to vote, Republicans show their inability to win elections fairly. Even they believe they cannot win an honest election. Says volumes about their ability to govern. But then we already have an overabundance of proof about their governance incompetence.

Americas forced to take an American history test in order to qualify to vote? Suggested by old has-been Newt? Why would he suggest something which he, himself, could not pass?

Beth Wellington Comment:

Actually, Jack, this was in the Guardian’s “Comment is Free America” section, written for the most part by U.S. writers including NT member and journalism prof Dan Kennedy, as well as myself. Roberts is a native of Florida and teaches college there according to her ... More »

Beth posted this story - Aug 31, 2011
Beth commented on this review – Aug. 24, 2011
Bob Herrschaft
4.2
(NT Rating: 4.0)
Reviewed by Bob Herrschaft - Aug. 24, 2011

Beth Wellington finds a new threat in her West Virginia backyard in the aftermath of Tuesday's 5.8 earthquake near Dominion Energy's North Anna nuclear plant.

Beth Wellington Comment:

Actually, I live in Virginia (but very near the WV/VA border) : ) Thanks for the review@

Beth posted this story - Aug 17, 2011
Beth posted and reviewed this story - Jun 24, 2011
Beth's Rating
4.0

An early morning overview of the debt talks, but also other matters before Congress w. links to articles the author finds of value.

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NT Rating: 3.6 | See All NT Reviews »
Beth posted and reviewed this story - Jun 24, 2011
Beth reviewed this story - Jun 21, 2011
Beth's Rating
4.4

I like how Democracy Now provides both a video and the transcript. Sayles is a thought-provoking filmmaker (who also has authored several books.) Goodman takes an hour to let him cover a wide range of topics in depth. The emphasis is on his recent book a Moment in the Sun and on his upcoming film (due in August) Amigo, which is set in the Philippines during the U.S. occupation. There is also a clip from his film Matewan, which deals with the attempts to establish a union and led up to the War on Blair Mountain--Sayles tells of the current import and how some in WV are fighting to save the historic site from mountaintop removal coal mining.

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NT Rating: 4.4 | See All NT Reviews »
Beth posted this story - Jun 21, 2011
Beth posted and reviewed this story - Jun 20, 2011
Beth's Rating
4.0

Kushnick is a telecommunications industry analyst who serves as the broadband and telecommunications expert for Harvard Nieman’s Foundation for Journalism’s Watchdog. There's a lot to mull over here. It would have been easier to evaluate if he had linked to sources--pretty odd that Alternet doesn't take advantage of hyperlinks.

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NT Rating: 3.7 | See All NT Reviews »
Beth posted and reviewed this story - Jun 20, 2011
Beth posted and reviewed this story - Jun 17, 2011
Beth's Rating
4.2

Provides the reader w. information on how organizations are evading disclosure of campaign contributions in the psot-Citizens United landscape. The author is a s a rising senior at Syracuse University, where she is studying journalism and political science. She has served as managing editor of The Daily Orange, Syracuse's independent student newspaper.

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NT Rating: 4.2 | See All NT Reviews »
Beth posted and reviewed this story - Jun 17, 2011
Beth posted this story - May 27, 2011
Beth commented on this quote – Feb. 23, 2011

Jon, at the time I wrote this, the links weren’t apparent to me…and the links to the left didn’t show up at all…

Beth commented on this quote – Feb. 23, 2011

But, btw, what about the Governor and his pants on fire statements? See: http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2011/feb/18/scott-walker/wisconsin-gov-scott-walker-says-his-budget-repair-/

Beth commented on this quote – Feb. 23, 2011

It would be helpful if NT had included the actual report by Maddow rather than just a quote. She was referring to this report: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/lfb/Misc/2011_01_31Vos&Darling.pdf which was referred to in this local editorial: ... More »

Beth posted this story - Feb 17, 2011
Beth reviewed this story - Feb 11, 2011
Beth's Rating
2.0

Talk about straw man arguments. The author turns a valid compliant that the Huffington Post business model relies on most of its writers being unpaid into an argument that since he and a few others are paid, the detractors are fools or liars? No real information here about how much of the content is paid for or at what rate and condescending to boot.

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NT Rating: 2.7 | See All NT Reviews »
Beth posted this story - Feb 11, 2011
Beth reviewed this story - Jan 27, 2011
Beth's Rating
4.2

Long-time activist Belafonte puts his finger on what is missing--but part of this lies w. Obama who, for instance, locked single-player advocates out of the talks leading up to the health care legislation.

Barack Obama is no Franklin Roosevelt and Michele is no Eleanor.

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NT Rating: 4.2 | See All NT Reviews »
Beth reviewed this story - Jan 13, 2011
Beth's Rating
3.4

There were several items of interest: That there are nearly 400 million people over the age of 60 and, "partly because of the one-child policy, a declining number of working-age people to care for them. " That China anticipates that 3% will need to be in nursing homes. But what is missing is whether 3% will cover the number of folks who will need help. And where the money will come from, given that China's safety net is frayed. This article raised interesting questions in my mind, but didn't really answer them. Instead it seemed somewhat scattershot and I'm wondering if it went beyond the news release the reporter received.

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NT Rating: 3.8 | See All NT Reviews »
Beth commented on this review – Jan. 11, 2011
Beth Wellington
5.0
(NT Rating: 4.0)
Reviewed by Beth Wellington - Oct. 1, 2008

That Mr. Olbermann is considered “so far in left field” shows how dangerously far to the right some folks in this country are trying to define “center.” While he may not have Murrow’s gravitas, these may be different times, as the writer indicated–times when some of the most informed news audience has migrated to the “fake news” of Stewart and the satired "truthiness" of Colbert. See Annenburg Center’s 2004 results: http://web.archive.org/web/20050308165738/http://www.annenbergpublicpolicycenter.org/naes/2004_03_late-night-knowledge-2_9-21_pr.pdf and Pew’s 2007 results: http://people-press.org/reports/display.php3?ReportID=319

Beth Wellington Comment:

BTW, the title in The Nation was “Olbermann Rules!”

Beth reviewed this story - Dec 22, 2010
Beth's Rating
3.9

Not so much journalism as a Senator trying to rally the troops. My favorite point: "No chairman should be soliciting sign-off from the corporations that his agency is supposed to regulate -- and no true advocate of a free and open Internet should be seeking the permission of large media conglomerates before issuing new rules. "

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NT Rating: 4.1 | See All NT Reviews »
Beth reviewed this story - Dec 22, 2010
Beth's Rating
2.9

All this does is draws attention to the NYT story and provide a couple of links in the first paragraph to BOA's other woes. As such it may be valuable to those who only read the HuffPo, but it is derivative in the worst way.

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NT Rating: 3.3 | See All NT Reviews »
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