Entries from April 30th, 2010

Politics and Church Tax Exemptions

April 30th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier One of the better features the Albuquerque Journal instituted in recent years, in my view, is the reporter’s “Politics Notebook” that appears with bylines by Sean Olson, Dan McKay, Dan Boyd or Michael Coleman. Similarly, during the legislative session, John Robertson’s daily “At the Roundhouse” blog, reprinted in the paper Journal, provided […]

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Malcolm X And The Power Of Strategic Exaggeration

April 29th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Let me be perfectly clear – it isn’t the Albuquerque Journal’s fault that I am feeling ancient these days. No, the emotion began, logically enough, when I celebrated a birthday two weeks ago. True, birthdays are better than the alternative, but I cannot believe my age. My discomfort deepened Sunday when friends […]

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Half A Headline?

April 28th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

By Tracy Dingmann Usually it’s my colleague Arthur Alpert who catches the often-telling differences between how the Journal edits Associated Press stories and headlines, compared to how other papers run them. This time I’m going to take a crack at it. So check this out: The Journal ran an Associated Press story about the new […]

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Buying The Blue Cross Line

April 27th, 2010 · No Comments · health care reform

By Arthur Alpert Identifying the Albuquerque Journal’s journalistic failures is easy. Figuring out why they happen, not so much. Perhaps you can help me understand why Winthrop Quigley’s story on Blue Cross last Saturday was mislabeled. With his deep knowledge of the health insurance industry, Quigley explained the company’s argument for raising premiums on its […]

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Two Sides to the Story, and the Business of Promotion (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing)

April 26th, 2010 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Reading the New Mexico Independent’s Friday story about the annual Gathering of Nations Powwow reminded me of the days when Albuquerque’s two daily newspapers sometimes delivered very different takes on a given topic. In this case, the two takes come from the online  Independent and the coverage found in the daily Albuquerque […]

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Pickles, Politics and the Journal Hip-Hop

April 22nd, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Rick Nathanson’s Journal feature on pickles yesterday had me salivating for the crunchy, sour treat found in excellent Jewish delis. Also, I found myself in a pickle – for the newspaper’s Wednesday, April 21 issue reminded me how fascinating the Journal remains despite management’s misuse of it. Take Dan McKay’s front-page story […]

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April 21st, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Tracy Dingmann The Journal had a whopping six corrections listed on Page 2 yesterday, ranging from the truly cringeworthy: “A politics notebook item published in Saturday’s paper incorrectly described former Sen. Pete Domenici as D-N.M. He is a Republican; it should have said R-N.M.” to the mundane: “In Monday’s Health section, an incorrect time […]

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Journal Has A Soft Spot for Local Ultra-Conservatives

April 20th, 2010 · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

By Tracy Dingmann Journal readers should probably tote a scorecard when they peruse the paper’s editorial page these days – because they really need one to keep track of all the local ultra-conservative writers and groups that have found such a cozy and welcoming home there. Here’s the latest example: On April 19, the Journal […]

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Loneliness and the Culture of ‘No’

April 19th, 2010 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Washington Post reporter and prize-winning witness to culture Hank Steuver walked among tea partiers on Menaul Boulevard last week – up one side of the street and then down the other — and came up with an observation that likely would “tee off” the mad partiers even more:  Many appear to be […]

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Does A Bad Headline Wreck A Good Story?

April 16th, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert As I was saying just the other day, the Albuquerque Journal writes headlines that misrepresent the stories beneath. In my example, I attributed a bad headline to journalistic ignorance. Sadly, the big, bold headline on the top of the Journal’s front page today appears to conflate ignorance with bias. It reads: “Golden […]

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