Entries Tagged as 'Koch brothers'

Koch Brothers Watch: The Journal did it again and then ran a puzzling correction

July 24th, 2016 · 1 Comment · climate change, journalism, Koch brothers, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Sometimes I just don’t understand. Perhaps you can explain what just happened. My editor had hardly finished posting my last essay, with its reference to the Albuquerque Journal’s refusal to identify the Koch brothers’ essays it regularly publishes as Koch brothers’ essays, when the daily’s editors did it again! They obfuscated the […]

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The Journal and the Web of Climate Change Denial

July 18th, 2016 · 2 Comments · climate change, energy policy, Fact Check, journalism, Koch brothers

By Arthur Alpert Years ago back East, I taught journalism as an adjunct professor at colleges and a university. If I were to do it again, say at UNM, I’d insist my students read the Albuquerque Journal. To pick up tips from some excellent reporters and columnists, yes, but mostly to learn from the editors […]

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A Self-Made Trap: Pity for the Commissars, Part Two

May 8th, 2016 · No Comments · journalism, Koch brothers

By Arthur Alpert As I write Thursday, May 6, Albuquerque Journal editors ask a good question at the top of the front page, “Is the GOP ready to follow Trump? I have a better question –is the Albuquerque Journal ready to follow Trump? The Journal has spent the entire primary season, after all, clobbering Mr. […]

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Kochtopus Tentacle in [INSERT STATE NAME HERE]

January 19th, 2016 · No Comments · journalism, Koch brothers

By Arthur Alpert As an avid follower of politics, it’s my impression the political Left makes too much of the Koch brothers’ efforts to shape the nation. They’re not the only billionaires out to conform the nation to their private interests. As an avid reader of the Albuquerque Journal for purposes of journalistic criticism, I’m […]

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Christmas Surprises

December 23rd, 2015 · 1 Comment · journalism, Koch brothers

By Arthur Alpert I cannot be trusted. Last time, Dec. 10, in a post where I suggested the Albuquerque Journal has promoted Gov. Martinez into the “sacred cow” status Pete Domenici once occupied, I promised I would deal next with the daily’s “sourness, narrow-mindedness and ban on ideas the richest do not endorse.” Ah, but […]

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Economic Mobility and Poverty: Journal’s political agenda overrides the facts

November 30th, 2015 · 3 Comments · economy, Fact Check, inequality, journalism, Koch brothers, social safety net

By Arthur Alpert It is Monday, Nov. 30 and having just finished reading the Albuquerque Journal, I’m shaking my head. It’s more of the same. Political advocacy I mean, disguised as journalism. Sorry Donald Trump, the daily’s editors don’t want you to be the GOP nominee. Sorry, Hillary Clinton, judging from today’s double-barreled assault (yet […]

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What’s behind the Journal’s anti-Trump campaign?

October 2nd, 2015 · 2 Comments · Fact Check, journalism, Koch brothers, tax policy

By Arthur Alpert Most mornings, I read the Albuquerque Journal over breakfast, then turn to the computer to sample the Washington Post and NY Times. The Post’s news stories are all over the lot, leaving me with no clue as to what the Post’s editorials will say. The same is true of the NY Times; […]

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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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Watching The Journal Cover The Presidential Campaign

July 21st, 2015 · No Comments · campaign finance reform, journalism, Koch brothers

By Arthur Alpert As an independent voter, I am watching the burgeoning 2016 presidential campaign without great enthusiasm. When the major parties name their standard-bearers, I’ll have to choose the lesser corporate evil. It’s great fun, though, watching the Albuquerque Journal – political machine in newspaper costume – cover the campaign. And the best part […]

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Unsourced and Misleading: Who wrote mystery paragraph inserted into wire service Obamacare story?

June 11th, 2015 · 2 Comments · Fact Check, health care reform, journalism, Koch brothers, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Recently, I amused you (I hope) with a post on how the Albuquerque Journal has trained me, as Pavlov did his dogs, to rush to the computer whenever it publishes an Op Ed essay from a group named “Freedom” – something. Salivating, I turn from breakfast to Google for my reward – […]

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