Entries Tagged as 'journalism'

How the Journal Played the Torture Report Story

December 14th, 2014 · No Comments · journalism, Washington

By Arthur Alpert We drown in facts even as we thirst for meaning. Meaning is born of context. Reporters and essayists provide it within their pieces by using history, comparisons and other explanatory material. (It’s not today’s subject but that required reportorial intervention is why “objectivity” doesn’t exist and why “just the facts, please” is […]

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Piecemeal Treatment on a Story of Toxic Proportions

December 11th, 2014 · 1 Comment · energy policy, environment, journalism, role of government

By Denise Tessier Catching up after three weeks away from both a computer and New Mexico news, one story jumped out among the many I’d missed. It wasn’t in the Albuquerque Journal, but the Weekly Alibi. Written by University of New Mexico Professor David Correia, the Nov. 27 Alibi piece was headlined “Welcome to Albuquerque, […]

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The Journal Deserves Worse Than A Flunking Grade for Keystone XL Pipeline Editorial

December 5th, 2014 · 3 Comments · climate change, energy policy, environment, Fact Check, journalism

By Arthur Alpert I rarely write about the Albuquerque Journal’s editorials because the daily’s owners have a right to express their opinions there. And since the aim of most editorials is to persuade, the authors deserve plenty of room to assemble and tailor evidence for the argument. That said, editorials ought to live up to […]

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Willed Superficiality

November 20th, 2014 · 3 Comments · journalism, NM Legislature

By Arthur Alpert Not a day passes that the Albuquerque Journal does not offer a lesson or five or six in how not to do journalism. This drives me crazy because I get lost trying to decide what to target first. Should I point out stories the Journal ignores, presumably because its plutocratic agenda forbids? […]

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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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Why Endorse?

November 3rd, 2014 · 2 Comments · journalism

By Denise Tessier Could the Albuquerque Journal’s endorsement of Susana Martinez for governor actually cut the number of votes she gets? Or does the paper’s endorsement give her a boost? For that matter, does a Journal endorsement (or lack thereof) affect the chances of approval for any of the dozens of candidates, State Constitutional amendments, […]

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“Plutocrats Against Democracy”: The news deemed not fit to print by the Journal

October 29th, 2014 · 2 Comments · climate change, economy, health care reform, journalism

By Arthur Alpert I had no idea Paul Krugman read the Albuquerque Journal, did you? Hard to believe, I know, but his Oct. 23 NY Times column contains big hints that he follows our local daily closely. It’s headlined, “Plutocrats Against Democracy”. Krugman argues first that plutocrats (that is, persons whose power derives from their […]

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Journal Editorial Alleging ‘Political Shenanigans’ Displays Partisanship of Its Own

October 25th, 2014 · 2 Comments · journalism, regulation, role of government, tax policy, voting rights

By Denise Tessier “. . .voters should be allowed to help settle the debate. . .” – 2011 Albuquerque Journal editorial, urging voters to support a ballot question regarding red light cameras The Albuquerque Journal showed a glaring inconsistency last week when it called on voters to reject two advisory questions – on whether marijuana […]

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Journal Publishes Misleading Voice of ‘Reason’

October 23rd, 2014 · 1 Comment · environment, journalism

By Denise Tessier Last month, the day after about 400 people marched in Albuquerque and hundreds of thousands marched worldwide to demand action on climate change, the Albuquerque Journal ran a relevant but industry-slanted piece that was soon after debunked by one of the paper’s own readers and nationally discredited by the watchdog site, Media […]

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Is That All There Is?

October 19th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Congress, journalism

By Arthur Alpert Is that all there is? Put that sentence in quotes and you have Peggy Lee’s brilliant hit song, a Rorschach of disillusion, sadness and whatever else you read into it, from 1969. It also expresses perfectly my reaction to the Election 2014 story the Journal ran Friday, Oct. 17 on the Metro […]

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