Entries Tagged as 'role of government'

Journal Finally Runs a U.S. Postal Service Editorial – To Bash Unions

January 23rd, 2014 · 2 Comments · journalism, labor, role of government

By Denise Tessier What’s worse than the Albuquerque Journal running guest columns that mislead and/or misinform? Answer: an official staff-written editorial that misleads and misinforms. The editorial in question is “USPS needs to be creative.” As regular readers know, I’ve complained via numerous posts – here and here and here and here – that the […]

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On the Anti-Abortion Front: A Review and Look Forward

January 10th, 2014 · 1 Comment · role of government

By Denise Tessier Valencia County Commissioners this week voted down a proposed ordinance that would have banned abortions in unincorporated parts of that county after 20 weeks of pregnancy. From Valencia County News-Bulletin reporter Julia M. Dendinger’s report that ran Thursday (Jan. 9) on the front page of its sister publication, the Albuquerque Journal: Chairman […]

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Read All About It (elsewhere): GM Bailout Saved a Million Jobs

December 11th, 2013 · 2 Comments · economy, journalism, role of government, Washington

By Arthur Alpert If you ever doubted the Albuquerque Journal’s passion for passing off its editorial views as news, consider a modest item on the Business Page, Tuesday, Dec. 10, almost at the bottom left. Here’s the headline: “Feds lost $10.5B in bailout of GM” And here is the first of its three paragraphs: “The […]

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False Equivalency Shifts Into High Gear

October 11th, 2013 · 1 Comment · economy, health care reform, journalism, role of government, tax policy, Washington

By Arthur Alpert I must break the habit of understatement. In that last post, I mean, where I wrote the Albuquerque Journal was guilty of false equivalence and worse, in playing the shutdown story as a partisan divide where the parties are almost equally to blame and solutions lie in negotiations aimed at meeting in […]

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False Equivalency in the Government Shutdown Story, Journal Style

October 7th, 2013 · 3 Comments · budget policy, economy, health care reform, journalism, role of government, tax policy, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Editors must work around the staff to distort local reality so it fits the Albuquerque Journal’s agenda. It’s a snap, however, when the issue is national. Witness the current campaign to persuade readers the federal government shutdown represents a split between Democrats and Republicans, the parties are almost equally to blame and […]

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Shutdown Provides Proof That Post Offices Aren’t a Taxpayer Burden

October 4th, 2013 · 1 Comment · budget policy, journalism, role of government, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Why, with the federal government shut down, are post offices still open? Because they’re not funded with taxpayer dollars. While this week’s federal shutdown left parks closed, Native Americans without funding for crucial services and the president of the United States forced to cancel an important diplomacy trip to Malaysia and the […]

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History-Making Aspect of ACA Takes Back Seat to Political Vitriol

September 30th, 2013 · 1 Comment · budget policy, health care reform, journalism, role of government

By Denise Tessier The story opened with “History will be made Tuesday.” But history was relegated to second string when it came to the headline. “Like it or not, OBAMACARE is here” is the headline that ran atop the front page of the Sunday Journal print-edition, on its central story about this week’s rollout of […]

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‘Media Buy the People’ – The Media Literacy Legacy of Bob McCannon

September 22nd, 2013 · 2 Comments · Education, journalism, role of government

By Denise Tessier Media reform is key, no matter what your issue. – Bob McCannon, New Mexico Media Literacy Project Recently, the Albuquerque Journal announced the death of Robert L. “Bob” McCannon, retired Albuquerque Academy teacher and coach who founded the New Mexico Media Literacy Project. McCannon’s legacy is his creation of a whole course […]

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Samuelson’s Fables

August 27th, 2013 · 2 Comments · economy, financial coverage, journalism, role of government, tax policy

By Arthur Alpert Henny Penny, hit by a stray acorn, assumed the sky was falling and raced around spreading hysteria in the barnyard. It’s a folktale about a deluded fowl scaring the bejeebers out of the community. The obvious moral is, watch out for idiots flapping wings. Or jaws. The Albuquerque Journal’s favorite economics reporter, […]

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Balancing Act

August 23rd, 2013 · 1 Comment · economy, immigration, role of government, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert How ridiculous is journalistic balance? Well, back in my TV days, we would conjure up a documentary on air pollution; the first half would explain scientifically how it poisons living things while the other 50 percent argued that dirty air is good for us. Hey, it was perfectly balanced. Balance has lots […]

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