Entries from February 26th, 2010

An Ode To Joline

February 26th, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert The Albuquerque Journal may be authoritarian, but at least it’s not totalitarian – not one thing, not perfectly honed to its partisan ends. That’s most apparent in Joline Gutierrez Krueger’s UpFront columns, like the narrative atop the front page Monday, Feb. 22. Under the headline, “It’s Too Late for Teen but Not […]

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Swallowing the Industry’s Take on Food

February 26th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Here at ABQjournalWatch.com we try to point out instances where opinion has crept into headlines and news page stories. I submit opinion — especially industry opinion — has become ingrained in the fabric of other sections of newspapers as well. Long before the U.S. Supreme Court decision that corporations are “persons” entitled […]

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Op-Ed Page a Haphazard “He Said-She Said” Smorgasbord

February 24th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier I had been wondering when the Albuquerque Journal would offer up the story that appeared on the front page Monday, Feb. 22 about the mayor and the firefighters’ union. What initially piqued my interest wasn’t the issue itself, but rather a column the Journal ran on its Op-Ed (opposite editorial) page on […]

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Journal Shows Its Hand On Environmental Improvement Board

February 22nd, 2010 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

By Tracy Dingmann Did anyone else find the Albuquerque Journal’s description of the state Environmental Improvement Board as “seven people appointed by a governor” rather jarring? The description appeared Feb. 20 in an editorial called “Board Overreaching On Global Warming.” The editorial took the position that it “shouldn’t be up to a relatively obscure, appointed […]

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Intellectual Honesty

February 17th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert I cannot define intellectual honesty, but I know it when I fail to see it. That thought occurred on reading essayist Geoffrey Wheatcroft’s appreciation of George Orwell in the N.Y. Times Book Review Feb. 14. He extolled Orwell’s “passion for liberty and intellectual honesty.” But I think that a lot when reading […]

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Anger Over Journal Editorial Sparks Teacher Boycott

February 17th, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Tracy Dingmann I was wondering what the unions thought about the Journal’s editorial yesterday that blasted both houses of the legislature for not proposing drastic enough spending cuts to balance the budget. The editorial, “State Budget Needs Cut-and-Tax Officials,” took both bodies to task but noted that the Senate plan at least included cuts […]

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The Journal's Haiti Package: Personal And Professional

February 16th, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Tracy Dingmann If you’re a longtime reader of the Albuquerque Journal, you probably remember those times when the paper would send a team of reporters and photographers to major catastrophes around the country. The Journal’s select “F-Jet” team of reporters and photographers would fly on the publisher’s private jet at a moment’s notice to […]

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It Was News – And It Was Excellent

February 10th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert So blatant is the Albuquerque Journal’s politicizing of its news columns that dissecting it is shooting fish in a barrel. It’s a useful exercise, though, so I was going to discourse today on the editors’ passion for percussion, their drums of doom on the deficit – when – wham! bang! – it […]

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At Least She Didn't Call Him a Watermelon

February 8th, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Tracy Dingmann Two fascinating Journal stories on New Mexico’s oil and gas industry recently caught my eye – and two more got my attention only after someone else pointed them out (more on those later). The first was the Sunday A1 article “New Mexico’s Emissions Battle: Some Question Rule Maker’s Environmental Ties.” What grabbed […]

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White Peak Story Placement Raises Suspicions Of Bias

February 5th, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier New Mexico’s State Land Commissioner must find it annoying to have a past commissioner looking over his shoulder, raising questions about his performance on an Internet blog. Former commissioner Jim Baca certainly didn’t have that to deal with when he was in office. Baca’s blog this week says perhaps it’s time the […]

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