Entries from August 31st, 2010

The Koch Brothers: Corporate Wizards of Oz

August 31st, 2010 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert The Aug. 30 New Yorker story “Covert Operations,” Jane Mayer’s chronicle of the Koch brothers’ “war against Obama,” is worth reading. Mayer may overstate the power of those wealthy far right activists, but she does support her hypothesis with evidence and – here’s our local angle – the article casts some (incidental) […]

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Another Thought About That Immigration Story

August 31st, 2010 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

By Tracy Dingmann Here’s another thought regarding that front page Journal story from Aug. 30 about the undocumented family who moved from Arizona to New Mexico in the wake of the state’s controversial immigration law. Yesterday I wrote about the paper’s failure to use the story to make a case that Albuquerque Public Schools is […]

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AZ Students Swarming APS Not Exactly A Trend

August 30th, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Tracy Dingmann Where there’s heat, there’s not always fire. That’s what I thought after reading today’s front page Journal story about the apparent influx of undocumented students in APS schools in the wake of Arizona’s controversial new immigration law? (read: “New Home: Family Came to N. M. to Escape Immigration Law”).  The story traced […]

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The Separation of News and Opinion

August 26th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

By Tracy Dingmann We have written here before on Journal Watch about the time-honored separation of news coverage and editorial opinion to which – thankfully – most American newspapers still adhere. Why is this separation important? Well, for newspapers that tout themselves as objective, keeping a firewall between news stories and the opinion page ensures […]

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Journal Puts "Spree" in Sen. Bingaman's Mouth

August 25th, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert “Spree, n. 1. A carefree, lively outing. 2. A drinking bout. 3. A sudden indulgence in or outburst of an activity. See synonyms at binge.” – American Heritage Dictionary. I offer the definition above to cast light on an Albuquerque Journal headline this Wednesday morning, Aug. 25: “Stimulus Spree is Over, Sen. […]

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The Journal Brings "Death Panels" Back

August 25th, 2010 · No Comments · health care reform

By Tracy Dingmann Death panels –  really? The Journal resurrected that tired trope in an Aug. 23 editorial that had nothing to do with Sarah Palin or the erroneous phrase she helped foist upon the American public during the heated national debate over health care reform exactly one year ago. The phrase was contained in […]

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Journal: Hold Berry To His Promise To "Put Another Set Of Eyes" On Police Shootings (UPDATED)

August 24th, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Tracy Dingmann Kudos to the Journal for the Aug. 22 front-page news story “City Police Wrestle with Spike in Shootings,” in which reporter Astrid Galvan examined the recent increase in APD-involved shootings. City police have shot 10 people so far this year, and seven have died. I wrote about the alarming rise in shootings […]

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Ridicule 101?

August 23rd, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert As I was saying the other day, journalism schools may benefit from reading the Albuquerque Journal. “Benefit” may be understatement though, as a description of the Journal’s gifts to the trade. Consider what New Mexico’s most widely distributed daily contributed Sunday, Aug. 22 – an entirely novel use for the headline! Eugene […]

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A Tale of Two Medicare Stories

August 19th, 2010 · No Comments · health care reform

By Arthur Alpert Eons ago, I taught journalism at the undergraduate and graduate levels. If I were doing so today, I would embrace the Albuquerque Journal. How can the instructor go wrong with a class based, for example, on page A7 in the Sunday, Aug. 15 edition? The page included two stories on health reform, […]

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The Journal Skips The News On Bush-Era Tax Cut Extensions

August 17th, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Remember when the Albuquerque Journal was fighting health care reform tooth-and-nail in its “news” columns? I was struck at the time by the Journal’s respect for the “nonpartisan” Congressional Budget Office. Every time the “nonpartisan” CBO projected the cost of a particular health reform plan under Congressional consideration, the Journal highlighted it. […]

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