Entries Tagged as 'role of government'

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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More Lessons in Public Interest Journalism: The Fiduciary Rule

April 19th, 2016 · 1 Comment · financial coverage, journalism, labor, regulation, role of government

By Arthur Alpert As I was saying last time, seeing “Spotlight”, the Oscar winning film about the Boston Globe’s exposé of widespread abuse of children in the local Archdiocese, reminded me that many newspapers set themselves the goal of serving the public interest. But what is the public interest? Well, a commonsense definition might be […]

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‘Hotly Disputed,’ Outright Misleading: More on the Journal’s Anti-Planned Parenthood Campaign

March 24th, 2016 · 4 Comments · budget policy, civil rights, Congress, inequality, role of government, social safety net

By Denise Tessier After nearly a year’s hiatus from writing for ABQJournalWatch, I am compelled to add to the points my colleague Arthur Alpert made Tuesday in his post about the Journal’s anti-Planned Parenthood campaign. The impetus is Wednesday’s UpFront column – “100 years of fighting for reproductive rights”. At first, the front-page headline prompted […]

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A Win for Win

January 28th, 2016 · 2 Comments · economy, journalism, role of government

By Arthur Alpert I’ve just finished reading Winthrop Quigley’s thoughtful Thursday, Jan. 28 UpFront column tying New Mexico’s population losses to the state’s failing economy and I still cannot decide if he’s a super journalist or simply very good. You understand the problem – seen in contrast to what the Journal does day in and […]

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Daily Politicization of the News

September 18th, 2015 · 2 Comments · climate change, economy, financial coverage, health care reform, journalism, Koch brothers, role of government

By Arthur Alpert The Albuquerque Journal’s daily politicization of news isn’t always dramatic. The editors don’t slip political material into Associated Press stories every day. Nor do they edit those AP accounts to remove “objectionable” content every day. Sometimes Journal commissars are content to employ relatively pedestrian tools. Today, for example, Friday, Sept. 18, there’s […]

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Tools of Misapprehension

July 30th, 2015 · No Comments · health care reform, journalism, role of government, social safety net, war and peace

By Arthur Alpert That the Albuquerque Journal makes most news decisions politically is so obvious it’s become (borderline) boring. Yet the skill with which the editors wield their tools to produce the paper’s daily misapprehension of reality still fascinates me, as does the relentlessness of the effort. By tools, I mean headlines, where stories run, […]

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Journal Lets Focus of Coverage Be Led by GOP

July 9th, 2015 · 3 Comments · climate change, energy policy, environment, labor, regulation, role of government, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier “Outside groups wrote sick leave bill” was the headline on the front page of the Albuquerque Journal Wednesday (July 8). Now, that’s a shocker. I’m sorry to say I’m resorting to sarcasm here. The Journal, which has yet to acknowledge – let alone publish anything of substance about the influence a truly […]

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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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