Entries Tagged as 'Fact Check'

Cogs in the Koch Astroturf Machine

April 29th, 2014 · 2 Comments · energy policy, Fact Check, journalism

By Arthur Alpert It was a small item, really, a few slim paragraphs, on the Albuquerque Journal’s Business page Friday, April 25. Yet it spoke or rather shouted volumes about the newspaper. The headline read, “Libertarian author to talk at luncheon”. “The Rio Grande Foundation”, it read, “is hosting a luncheon talk with Matt Kibbe […]

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Misdirection Play: What the Journal Didn’t Tell You About the Capital Research Center

April 24th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Fact Check, journalism, labor

By Arthur Alpert Albert Camus once pondered the idea, which I paraphrase, that in the last analysis, there are no villains, only victims. But only, he stressed, in that last analysis. I use the Camus insight for self- restraint. Instead of condemning a villain or cabal for outrageous behavior I try – not always successfully […]

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Varying the Usual Recipe in Obamacare Coverage

February 14th, 2014 · No Comments · Fact Check, health care reform, journalism

By Arthur Alpert If you visit this site often, you know the Albuquerque Journal is less a newspaper than a restaurant where cooks follow several recipes in a daily effort to feed readers a diet of rightist advocacy. One favorite recipe begins with a ”news story,” often from the Associated Press Washington Bureau, that leans […]

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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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In Cahoots with the Kochs

January 27th, 2014 · No Comments · campaign finance reform, Fact Check, journalism, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert I prefer short, common words, but the Koch brothers have earned “ubiquitous” by dint of their generous, energetic efforts to fund sundry conservative and Far Right political causes from seemingly inexhaustible pots of gold. At the Albuquerque Journal, however, the Kochs’ civic efforts don’t get them much ink. For a long time, […]

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What If Someone New Took the Journal Helm?

November 1st, 2013 · 7 Comments · economy, Education, energy policy, Fact Check, journalism

By Denise Tessier Here’s a thought: What if Alan Webber, who’s just announced he’s running for the Democratic nomination for governor, ran the Albuquerque Journal? Whether he was to take the helm of state administration or of the state’s leading newspaper, I submit the effect on New Mexico could be comparably profound. To be clear, […]

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More on Benghazi

May 23rd, 2013 · No Comments · Fact Check, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier As a follow-up to my “Benghazi, Benghazi!” post: After a week of wire stories related to last year’s attack on the U.S. outpost in Libya, the Albuquerque Journal on Wednesday (May 22) carried an Associated Press report that the FBI “has identified a number of individuals that it believes have information or […]

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News in Itself: Backlash Against Heritage Foundation Report Makes Journal’s Front Page

May 9th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Fact Check, immigration, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier What, to a longtime reader, could have been more astonishing than finding in the Albuquerque Journal a news story containing criticism about the Heritage Foundation? Answer: Seeing that wire service story on the Journal’s front page – and then seeing the Journal follow it up with its own staff-generated report the next […]

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If Only It Was That Simple

April 29th, 2013 · No Comments · Fact Check, journalism

By Arthur Alpert Back in the 1990s, when I co-owned and edited Prime Time, a monthly for New Mexican seniors, I regularly spoke to civic and senior organizations on “How the News Get Shaped.” Having worked in print and broadcast news (network, local and cable) I saw how the journalism differed depending on technology, how […]

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There’s No Excuse for Journal’s One-sided Account of Hostess Liquidation

November 27th, 2012 · 1 Comment · economy, Fact Check, financial coverage, journalism, labor, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert This post begins as a tale of two headlines. It will end with an unfunny joke. The Albuquerque Journal headline on the Business Page Saturday, November 17, told us: “Workers’ Strike Proves Fatal to Hostess” The Wall Street Journal headline on the front page that same day read: “Twinkie Maker Hostess To […]

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