Entries Tagged as 'NM Legislature'

Willed Superficiality

November 20th, 2014 · No 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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Off Track Coverage and ‘Grandstanding’

February 24th, 2014 · 2 Comments · environment, NM Legislature

By Denise Tessier Gov. Susana Martinez and the state helicopter were in the Albuquerque Journal last week (Feb. 21), but not Amtrak trains. Missing from the state’s leading newspaper was a story about what New Mexico plans to do about a proposed partnership with Colorado, Kansas, Amtrak and track owner Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway […]

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On the Education Front: Moving Front and Center, But Wounded From the Fight

February 17th, 2014 · No Comments · Education, NM Legislature

By Denise Tessier Education policy got the play it deserved in the Sunday morning Journal, at the top of the front page. “Education policy in focus at Roundhouse” no doubt was pushed over the top in terms of placement by the newsworthy coming together outside the Capitol Roundhouse of several hundred teachers and parents demonstrating […]

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Public Journal Bashing…and Other Bad News

January 16th, 2014 · 5 Comments · environment, journalism, NM Legislature

By Denise Tessier Albuquerque attorney and former city councilor Michael Cadigan took to facebook last week to announce that he has “finally taken the plunge” and dropped his subscription to the Albuquerque Journal. From his post: . . . As a news junkie, it was tough, but I finally cancelled my subscription to the Albuquerque […]

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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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On the ALEC Front: A Review – With an Eye Toward 2014

January 6th, 2014 · 1 Comment · campaign finance reform, Education, energy policy, environment, NM Legislature, regulation, tax policy, voting rights

By Denise Tessier In 2013, more light than previously before was shined on the secretive yet highly influential 40-year-old corporatist lobbying organization known as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). That light came mostly from blogs, alternative media, journalist Bill Moyers and the British-owned Guardian newspaper, rather than by so-called “mainstream” news. The Albuquerque Journal […]

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ALEC Is in New Mexico, But Only Marginally in the Albuquerque Journal

August 21st, 2013 · 2 Comments · NM Legislature, open government

By Denise Tessier Because the Albuquerque Journal has the resources – a team of investigative reporters and excellent politics and government reporters – I have been waiting for the state’s leading daily to produce a story explaining how many, if any, of New Mexico’s legislators are under the influence of the American Legislative Exchange Council. […]

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The Martinez Administration’s Multi-Million Dollar Mistake and the Journal’s Curious Absence of Outrage

May 17th, 2013 · 2 Comments · NM Legislature, tax policy, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert The Albuquerque Journal’s capacity for outrage is huge, almost as great as its passion for transparency. So where’s the outrage? Where’s the transparency? Where are they, I mean, now that we know the 2013 Legislature passed a budget based on oral testimony at the 11th hour from the Governor’s Finance Secretary that […]

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The Right Fit: “News” Narrative Meets the Agenda

April 23rd, 2013 · 1 Comment · journalism, NM Legislature

By Arthur Alpert The pendulum never stops where it should. When I got into the news business, for example, the name of the game was “objectivity.” Of course that’s humanly impossible and you neuter yourself pursuing it. But the 1950s passion for “objectivity” was a swing of the pendulum back from the Front Page era […]

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Setting the Record Straight on Hanna Skandera

March 8th, 2013 · 2 Comments · Education, NM Legislature, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier The Albuquerque Journal finally ran a “For the Record” Friday (March 8) correcting two mistakes that were made in its editorial of a full week before (March 1). The editorial’s topic: support for confirmation of Hanna Skandera. The correction says the editorial,  “Skandera has earned New Mexico’s support,” was wrong in saying […]

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