Entries Tagged as 'journalism'

An Inquiry into The Absence of Fact-Checking at The Journal

August 21st, 2014 · No Comments · energy policy, Fact Check, journalism, tax policy

By Arthur Alpert In a July 21 post hypothesizing that a True Believer or two in the Albuquerque Journal hierarchy may explain the newspaper’s egregious faults, I noted that the editors do not fact-check the columns they run on the editorial and Op Ed pages. Today let’s consider why. It could be ignorance; what management […]

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Headline Spin Reveals Undeniable Favoritism

August 16th, 2014 · 3 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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Still Short on Postal News — Especially What’s Most Important to New Mexicans

August 14th, 2014 · No Comments · Congress, journalism, role of government

By Denise Tessier Nearly 150 post offices in rural communities across New Mexico have or will have their hours trimmed over the next year as the U.S. Post Office seeks to cut its budget. That’s the opening line of a story that ran Sunday in the Las Cruces Sun-News. But that news has yet to […]

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Heritage Foundation Op Eds Are Flunking Fact Checks, but the Journal Looks the Other Way

August 8th, 2014 · 1 Comment · economy, Fact Check, journalism, tax policy

By Arthur Alpert This morning (Friday, Aug. 8) I was enjoying the Albuquerque Journal’s editorial on making food stamp recipients shape up (subtext, it’s entirely their fault) until they used one Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation as an expert witness. That’s when my amusement at the Ebenezer Scrooge performance gave way to – I […]

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Dozens of Benghazi Stories — Why Not This One?

August 4th, 2014 · No Comments · Congress, journalism, Washington

By Denise Tessier For a while there, the Albuquerque Journal was running something about Benghazi pretty much every day. Correction: For a while there, the Journal was running stories about what Republicans were saying about Benghazi pretty much every day. But last week, when it was reported that the House Intelligence Committee – led by […]

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Unflattering Comparison: The Journal’s Treatment of Immigration Story vs. That of Real Newspapers

August 4th, 2014 · No Comments · Congress, Fact Check, immigration, journalism

By Arthur Alpert Remember that old Albuquerque Journal hand who told me I was too quick to finger management’s political commissars for what was wrong at the daily. My informant advised that a lot of mistakes could be laid at the door of young, inexperienced staffers. I’ve not forgotten and sometimes the Old Hand is […]

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An Unlikely (But Worthy) Journal Editorial Topic: Forgiveness of Student Loan Debt

August 1st, 2014 · No Comments · budget policy, economy, Education, journalism, tax policy

By Denise Tessier To follow up on yesterday’s post, student loan debt is another topic the Albuquerque Journal editorial board has dealt with incompletely. And it has squandered opportunities to advocate for action that might help put the state and nation on firmer economic ground. First, some background: While the Journal seems to have had […]

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Journal Editorials Omit Key Information in Laying Foundation for Positions They Take

July 31st, 2014 · No Comments · Fact Check, journalism, tax policy

By Denise Tessier Two recent Albuquerque Journal editorials – on why Americans should celebrate the Fourth of July (“Try Asking a Guatemalan”) and one on the nation’s debt – were called out for criticism by JournalWatch colleague Arthur Alpert last week, and caught my attention as well because of their distorted “analysis”. But, sadly, the […]

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Casual Insult Elicits Defense From Reporter’s Colleagues, Apology from Director of Think Tank

July 28th, 2014 · 2 Comments · journalism, state government, tax policy

By Denise Tessier Paid libertarian Paul Gessing set off a Twitter run of comments last week when he tweeted the question: What’s worse, the economic return on NM film industry or reporting on new study? The point of the tweet was to direct Twitter followers to Gessing’s essay “New Study confirms film subsidies are a […]

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Distorting the Dialogue on Debt

July 24th, 2014 · No Comments · budget policy, economy, journalism

By Arthur Alpert The Albuquerque Journal editorial on U.S. debt in the Wednesday, July 23, edition provides an excellent opportunity to demonstrate how management distorts the political dialogue. It was yet another Journal warning that unless we cut the debt soon and the US learns to “live within its means,” there’s an “impending fiscal calamity” […]

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