Entries Tagged as 'Uncategorized'

Old-fashioned Virtues, Anti-Journalism and Net Neutrality

November 16th, 2014 · 3 Comments · health care reform, journalism, net neutrality, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert I wanted today to evaluate the Albuquerque Journal’s political coverage leading up to Nov. 4 – hint, it ranged downward from mediocre – and I will get to it soon. But columns by Winthrop Quigley and D’Val Westphal intervened, reminding me of an old suggestion by my colleague, Denise Tessier and, well, […]

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Headline Spin Reveals Undeniable Favoritism

August 16th, 2014 · 4 Comments · Education, Fact Check, journalism, open government, state government, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Here’s what Rasmussen Reports, the national polling firm, said Thursday, July 24: “A new statewide telephone survey of Likely New Mexico Voters finds Martinez and King each with 43% support. Seven percent (7%) like some other candidate, and another seven percent (7%) are undecided.” Big surprise, huh? Many New Mexicans, given Governor […]

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Samuelson and Piketty: It’s the “political” economy, stupid!

June 21st, 2014 · No Comments · economy, labor, tax policy, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert I’m lucky to have fallen, years ago, into journalism, where they paid me to learn how the world works. The cherry on the cake was a crash course in financial markets and economics courtesy of Financial News Network, CNBC and the Wall Street Journal Business Report for TV, tuition-free again with paychecks. […]

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Austerity Pitch: AP laces news with opinion… again

February 5th, 2014 · 2 Comments · budget policy, economy, Fact Check, inequality, journalism, tax policy, Uncategorized, Washington

By Arthur Alpert This is a tale of two opinions. Winthrop Quigley of the Albuquerque Journal offered his in a recent UpFront column Thursday, Jan. 28, on inequality and higher minimum wages. I disagree with his conclusions, but so what? Quigley stated his premises and marshaled evidence (income inequality is real, extreme and bad for […]

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In Cahoots with the Kochs

January 27th, 2014 · No Comments · campaign finance reform, Fact Check, journalism, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert I prefer short, common words, but the Koch brothers have earned “ubiquitous” by dint of their generous, energetic efforts to fund sundry conservative and Far Right political causes from seemingly inexhaustible pots of gold. At the Albuquerque Journal, however, the Kochs’ civic efforts don’t get them much ink. For a long time, […]

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A Question of Institutional Intellect

January 21st, 2014 · 1 Comment · economy, Education, journalism, labor, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Sometimes I feel like Pavlov’s dog. Because editors at the Albuquerque Journal regularly substitute political for journalistic decisions, they’ve trained me to salivate at the prospect of identifying the paper’s barely disguised editorial agenda in the news columns. And as you know, I find it and bark. However, on looking away from […]

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Leading With Opinion

January 7th, 2014 · 2 Comments · journalism, NM Legislature, state government, tax policy, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Wow! What a departure! It’s possible it’s happened before, but in all my days and (sob!) I’ve had lots of days, I’ve never seen it. Editors at the Albuquerque Journal just ran an opinion column in the slot for the lead news story. They did it twice, in fact, just before the […]

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Censoring The Pope

December 20th, 2013 · 3 Comments · economy, inequality, journalism, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert As I was saying, power and its distribution by hierarchy – are fundamental. Naturally, the folks atop the ladder fear nothing more than challenges to that inequality. And now, after the U.S. elite has spent 40 years restoring the rampant inequality of the Gilded Age, with its poisoned fruits, Americans are protesting […]

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News From The Aerie Dwellers

December 12th, 2013 · 2 Comments · economy, financial coverage, journalism, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Journalism is superficial, of course. With some praiseworthy exceptions, it’s basically a gloss on politics. Politics is superficial, too, relative to what it revolves around, power. Power, however, is fundamental. So is its distribution along the vertical axis we call hierarchy. “It’s good to be the king,” said Mel Brooks, reminding us […]

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When Unacceptable Becomes Predictable

December 10th, 2013 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Gov. Susana Martinez took Albuquerque Journal columnist Leslie Linthicum’s advice. Or maybe it just looks that way. According to this morning’s Journal (Dec. 10), the governor finally commented on a now-fired State Policeman’s use of deadly force against a woman and her five children during an October traffic stop near Taos. Linthicum’s […]

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