Entries Tagged as 'journalism'

Koch Brothers Watch: The Journal did it again and then ran a puzzling correction

July 24th, 2016 · 1 Comment · climate change, journalism, Koch brothers, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Sometimes I just don’t understand. Perhaps you can explain what just happened. My editor had hardly finished posting my last essay, with its reference to the Albuquerque Journal’s refusal to identify the Koch brothers’ essays it regularly publishes as Koch brothers’ essays, when the daily’s editors did it again! They obfuscated the […]

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The Journal and the Web of Climate Change Denial

July 18th, 2016 · 2 Comments · climate change, energy policy, Fact Check, journalism, Koch brothers

By Arthur Alpert Years ago back East, I taught journalism as an adjunct professor at colleges and a university. If I were to do it again, say at UNM, I’d insist my students read the Albuquerque Journal. To pick up tips from some excellent reporters and columnists, yes, but mostly to learn from the editors […]

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How to Report Business News: The Pharmaceutical Industry

July 5th, 2016 · 2 Comments · business coverage, journalism, regulation, role of government

By Arthur Alpert I was not born ancient. First I was a child, an American boy of the New York City variety, caught up in the great debate of my times – was Mays, Mantle or Snider the best center fielder ever – and lesser but still crucial sports topics. So naturally, I tackled the […]

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Blaming the Poor

June 27th, 2016 · 4 Comments · economy, inequality, journalism, labor

By Arthur Alpert Reading the Albuquerque Journal’s editorials is unpleasant but educational. The most obvious, daily lesson is the firm connection between the editorials and the news (and opinion) pages of the newspaper, a direct line from management’s political agenda to what the editors choose to print (or ignore) as “news.” Put another way, there’s […]

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Making the Delegate Call: Journal Editorializes against Itself

June 10th, 2016 · 1 Comment · journalism

By Arthur Alpert Do the honchos at the Albuquerque Journal ever read the Albuquerque Journal? I’m not kidding. In a moment I will present hard evidence to bolster the hypothesis that they don’t or that they read it but don’t grasp what the words mean. I can’t be certain. But consider this: On the Opinion […]

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Finding a Tidbit of Reality in an Unexpected Place

June 4th, 2016 · 1 Comment · journalism

By Arthur Alpert Be still, my heart! The Albuquerque Journal just published a story on how Corporate America really works. Ok, it wasn’t a story, more like a paragraph. And it wasn’t part of a discussion, just a quote. But I shouldn’t nitpick. Fact is, the Journal, whose narrative on American business is a fairy […]

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Juxtapostion Decision: Page One Story Trumps Up Conflict between Obama and Veterans

May 31st, 2016 · No Comments · journalism

By Arthur Alpert “When,” I upbraided myself April 29, “will I write about the Journal’s lack of intellect? Its failures cannot always be traced to politics. Often the editors simply choose to make moral judgments. Moral judgments murder thought. And their arguments are so often simplistic I wonder if they read books.” I fully intend […]

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Missing the “Why”: Harvey Yates vs. Pat Rogers

May 23rd, 2016 · No Comments · journalism

By Arthur Alpert Why? Why was oilman Harvey Yates Jr. so intent on defeating Governor Martinez’s choice, Pat Rogers, for GOP national committee? Why and what was his beef? I’ve been wondering why since the Albuquerque Journal began covering the intra-party dispute, but it never came clear. The Journal told me “who, what, when and […]

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A Self-Made Trap: Pity for the Commissars, Part Two

May 8th, 2016 · No Comments · journalism, Koch brothers

By Arthur Alpert As I write Thursday, May 6, Albuquerque Journal editors ask a good question at the top of the front page, “Is the GOP ready to follow Trump? I have a better question –is the Albuquerque Journal ready to follow Trump? The Journal has spent the entire primary season, after all, clobbering Mr. […]

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Pity for the Commissars

April 29th, 2016 · No Comments · journalism

By Arthur Alpert The Albuquerque Journal’s trespasses against journalism come so fast and furious there’s no keeping up. It requires that I identify and comment on issues every single day. It’s too much, I get confused trying to figure out what to tackle first, fail to cope and feel guilty. When will I get around, […]

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