Entries from June 30th, 2010

Nice Try on Medical Pot Smokers, Journal

June 30th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

By Tracy Dingmann The Journal ran an editorial on licensed medical marijuana smokers on June 29 that was high on sarcasm and low on logic. The editorial “Is Politics a Factor for Licensed Pot Smokers?” was built around this argument: “Are counties dominated by liberal Democrats more likely to have conditions that warrant treatment with […]

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The Journal's McChrystal Ball

June 28th, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert I read the Public Editor in the Sunday New York Times religiously and with envy. He gets to deal with high-level journalistic issues like the use and misuse of anonymous sources. Still, while I’m stuck raking muck, watching the Albuquerque Journal isn’t without rewards. To wit: I have often traced Journal management’s […]

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Journal: Please (Keep) Bring(ing) the Heat on Police Shootings

June 24th, 2010 · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

By Tracy Dingmann When I saw the compelling video of the relatives of APD shooting victim Chris Hinz asking the city council to look into police actions surrounding his death all over the television news Monday night, I expected to read about it in the next morning’s Journal. (See KOB’s coverage here, and KOAT’s coverage […]

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Obama's Katrina? Where Have We Heard This Before…..

June 22nd, 2010 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert “In Response and Results This is Obama’s Katrina,” the Journal’s editorial last Thursday, reflected the national Republican Party’s views. You can read similar views at gop.com. So it’s for Democrats to argue with it. Still, a journalism critic can profit from the editorial. First, it’s evidence the Journal prefers partisanship to conservative […]

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Letter To The Editor Echoes Our Point

June 21st, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Tracy Dingmann Huzzah to the reader who felt strongly enough to write a letter to the Journal about the ridiculous placement of identically-sized mugshots of gubernatorial candidates Diane Denish, Susana Martinez and cop-killer mom Theresa Romero on the paper’s June 10 front page. The story was about the state’s recently-repealed death penalty. Romero was […]

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The Journal Goes Green?

June 18th, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Tracy Dingmann We’ve gotten word from a potential Journal advertiser that the Journal is planning to publish a special section called Green New Mexico on Sunday, June 27. From the Journal’s pitch to potential advertisers: This tabloid will be inserted into the Sunday Journal and circulate to our over 370,000 readers plus the entire […]

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Arthur Worries For Win Quigley

June 17th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Shhhhh. We should talk abut Winthrop Quigley’s  “Money & Medicine”column in the Albuquerque Journal’s Business Outlook Monday, June 14, page 4. (Bonus: It’s a link you can read even if you don’t subscribe to the Journal). But let’s be quiet, very quiet. We wouldn’t want to get him in trouble with management. […]

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Immigration Backlash!

June 16th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

By Tracy Dingmann I finally got the chance to speak with English as a Second Language teacher Melissa Ann Jameson about the headline on the June 6 immigration package she helped the Journal compile regarding the current debate over immigration policies. Jameson worked with the paper to present the flip side of the immigration issue […]

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Absolution For BP?

June 14th, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Credit the Albuquerque Journal for moving quickly to confirm what I say about its journalistic bias. Tuesday I argued that Journal management expresses its political convictions not just in editorials or lopsided Op Eds but also in “news” coverage, via a simple expedient – spending great reportorial energy ripping government and none […]

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Digging Up The Death Penalty

June 11th, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Tracy Dingmann Thank God for Leslie Linthicum’s smart-ass UpFront column in yesterday’s Journal about the overheated “debate” currently raging over the death penalty. (Read the June 10th piece “Deathly Debate in Governor Race” here.) As far as I can tell, the “debate” is being engineered – with the complicity of the Journal – pretty […]

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