Entries Tagged as 'role of government'

Nukes, Jobs and Money

April 30th, 2015 · 2 Comments · environment, journalism, role of government

By Denise Tessier “Interim site for nuke fuel proposed for southern NM” –the top Page 1 story in this morning’s Albuquerque Journal – informed readers that an international company is proposing to turn 32 acres in southeastern New Mexico (about 12 miles from WIPP, the already-existing permanent nuclear defense waste disposal facility) into a site […]

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Was the Journal UpFront Column About Student Letters Fair?

March 21st, 2015 · 6 Comments · Education, inequality, journalism, role of government, state government

By Denise Tessier A week ago (March 13), the Albuquerque Journal gave its most important front page slot – the upper right-hand column – to an UpFront opinion piece by D’Val Westphal, one of the Journal’s editorial writers. It was headlined “Students’ letters show the system isn’t working”. In it, Westphal reported that she had […]

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Where No Newspaper(s) Had Gone Before

February 12th, 2015 · 3 Comments · Congress, Mexico, role of government

By Denise Tessier Few in New Mexico likely noticed the obituary that ran in the Los Angeles Times this week (Feb. 9), but the tribute to former Times reporter Laurie Becklund is worth noting, both for her extraordinary contributions to international and domestic journalism but also for an unusual and pioneering connection to the Albuquerque […]

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Editorial Board Plays Canard Game; UpFront Columnist Commits Act of Journalism

February 1st, 2015 · No Comments · economy, Fact Check, financial coverage, journalism, labor, NM Legislature, regulation, role of government, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert  I was poised to launch into another critique of the Albuquerque Journal’s continuing assault on truth and beauty when Winthrop Quigley intervened, committing what looks very much like journalism. Quigley wasn’t a spoiler, though; he just provided a sharp contrast between the Journal’s insistent political advocacy and what staffers like Quigley strive […]

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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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More National Attention for New Mexico Police

November 10th, 2014 · 4 Comments · regulation, role of government

By Denise Tessier (November 10, 2014) In newsroom vernacular, the New York Times “scooped” papers in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Las Cruces with its report on overzealous police departments and civil forfeiture laws, which ran in the Times Sunday (Nov. 9). It would be hoped that the local papers do some follow-up on this one, […]

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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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Gessing, Gisser and the Common Good

September 4th, 2014 · No Comments · Fact Check, journalism, role of government, tax policy

By Arthur Alpert I’m involved in a production of Steve Martin’s “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” opening Sept. 5 at the brand-new Vortex on Carlisle NE. Given its authorship, it’s no big surprise the play is funny, but in rehearsal I realized Martin also excels at making audiences feel intelligent. My colleague, Denise Tessier, has […]

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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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Inaccurate and Bigoted Editorial Evokes “The Paranoid Style”

July 21st, 2014 · 2 Comments · economy, environment, health care reform, immigration, inequality, journalism, regulation, role of government, tax policy

By Arthur Alpert Wow! What a July 4 editorial! I found it angry, bitter, twisted, deeply ignorant and inaccurate. That is to say, very satisfying. Let me explain. I have been reading the Albuquerque Journal closely for years but cannot figure out why it’s an insult to journalism. Why do the editors regularly violate its […]

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