Entries Tagged as 'tax policy'

More Flailing Against Obamacare, and Related Backdoor Attacks on the IRS

April 14th, 2014 · No Comments · campaign finance reform, health care reform, tax policy

By Denise Tessier When the health care enrollment deadline of March 31 passed with more than 7 million people signed up nationwide – “beating expectations” as the Associated Press put it – the Albuquerque Journal put the news inside , deciding the front-page story should be “NM lags on health care sign-ups.” The latter, more […]

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The Real Driver

April 7th, 2014 · 5 Comments · inequality, journalism, tax policy

By Arthur Alpert  There can be no doubt the Albuquerque Journal is a broadsheet of political advocacy rather than a conventional, old-fashioned, story-driven newspaper. And the strongest evidence for that proposition lies in what it won’t cover.  The daily ignores broad swaths of American (and New Mexican) life, but for neatness sake, let’s confine ourselves […]

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Austerity Pitch: AP laces news with opinion… again

February 5th, 2014 · 2 Comments · budget policy, economy, Fact Check, inequality, journalism, tax policy, Uncategorized, Washington

By Arthur Alpert This is a tale of two opinions. Winthrop Quigley of the Albuquerque Journal offered his in a recent UpFront column Thursday, Jan. 28, on inequality and higher minimum wages. I disagree with his conclusions, but so what? Quigley stated his premises and marshaled evidence (income inequality is real, extreme and bad for […]

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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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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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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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Some Context, Please

June 10th, 2013 · No Comments · economy, tax policy

By Arthur Alpert Oh, gosh. I was hoping objectivity was dead but no, the monster rages still and still destroys journalism. Case in point- a horrible Saturday, June 8 Albuquerque Journal story headlined: “Pearce Warns of Economic Failure” James Monteleone’s account of Rep. Steve Pearce’s comments to the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce ran on page […]

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A Plea of Guilty: Tom Clifford, Joe Monahan and the Emily Litella Affair

May 29th, 2013 · No Comments · journalism, tax policy

By Arthur Alpert Bailiff: ”Oyez, oyez. The court is now in session, the Honorable John Doe presiding, to hear the case of Joe Monahan, esteemed blogger, v. Arthur Alpert, accused thief of words. Judge Doe: “Alpert, how do you plead?” AA: “Well, er, I don’t know, Your Honor. Joe thinks I stole from him and […]

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