Entries Tagged as 'Washington'

National vs. Local

February 15th, 2016 · 1 Comment · budget policy, Congress, Fact Check, journalism, Washington

By Arthur Alpert About a week go I bumped into a former Albuquerque Journal reporter who said – I paraphrase – we’re essentially on target in our critiques of the daily but I write too often on national and global stories, not enough about the daily’s local coverage. My reaction to the “on target” was […]

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Kevin McCarthy, Benghazi And The Journal’s Twelve Day Gaffe Gap

October 22nd, 2015 · 2 Comments · Congress, Fact Check, journalism, Washington

By Arthur Alpert Last time out, I copped to my masochism in reading the Albuquerque Journal closely for five years, shared my initial shock and eventual acceptance of the fact that management deliberately and routinely substitutes political decisions for what are, at respectable newspapers, news decisions, and wrote: “I can no longer extend the benefit […]

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Journal Silent on Udall’s Chemical Industry Regulation Bill

March 20th, 2015 · No Comments · Congress, environment, journalism, regulation, Washington

By Denise Tessier Both the Santa Fe New Mexican and the New York Times this past week have weighed in with editorials about New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall’s bill that would update federal law regulating chemicals. As of this writing, the Albuquerque Journal has not. The Journal’s Washington, D.C. correspondent, Michael Coleman, has done an […]

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How the Journal Played the Torture Report Story

December 14th, 2014 · 2 Comments · journalism, Washington

By Arthur Alpert We drown in facts even as we thirst for meaning. Meaning is born of context. Reporters and essayists provide it within their pieces by using history, comparisons and other explanatory material. (It’s not today’s subject but that required reportorial intervention is why “objectivity” doesn’t exist and why “just the facts, please” is […]

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‘Real Attacks, Fake News’

August 26th, 2014 · No Comments · Congress, journalism, Washington

By Denise Tessier My colleague Arthur Alpert is quite good at pointing out instances in which the Albuquerque Journal fails to carry a column that is at cross-purposes with the conservative newspaper’s ideological bent. Here’s yet another glaring example: The Journal (so far) has failed to run a Dana Milbank column that warned news consumers […]

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Dozens of Benghazi Stories — Why Not This One?

August 4th, 2014 · No Comments · Congress, journalism, Washington

By Denise Tessier For a while there, the Albuquerque Journal was running something about Benghazi pretty much every day. Correction: For a while there, the Journal was running stories about what Republicans were saying about Benghazi pretty much every day. But last week, when it was reported that the House Intelligence Committee – led by […]

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Homeland Security’s Threat Against Journal an Attempt at Intimidating the Press

June 30th, 2014 · No Comments · journalism, role of government, Washington

By Denise Tessier The federal government under the Obama administration has been aggressive about prosecuting leaks , and concurrent with it, New York Times reporter James Risen faces jail time for refusing to disclose a source – this despite the Shield Law that is supposed to protect reporters from such prosecution. Now, it appears the […]

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Klein, Kliff, Pincus and Sloan

June 16th, 2014 · 2 Comments · economy, journalism, role of government, tax policy, Washington

By Arthur Alpert It’s a great offer. The Albuquerque Journal announced Wednesday, June 11 that its subscribers can get the Washington Post online at no additional cost. I have been reading the WP on my iMac for years now, with particular appreciation for the contrast between it and the daily that hits my Albuquerque driveway […]

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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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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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