Entries from September 30th, 2010

Gushing About Oil

September 30th, 2010 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Marita K. Noon never met an extractive energy source she didn’t like. The one-time executive director of a pro-energy group called CARE now touts herself as the “executive vice president” of CARE’s “advocacy arm”, simplistically called Energy Makes America Great, Inc. Just how wonderful are the extractive energy industries? Well, here’s Noon’s […]

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Attribution In A Correction? Not Kosher, Journal

September 30th, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Tracy Dingmann In the world of journalism, attribution is a tricky thing. In certain cases, the situation absolutely demands it. For example, let’s say someone is murdered and the police identify the person and release the name to the media. A journalist, writing a news story about the person’s death, is going to want […]

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The Journal's Take on "Obama's Wars"

September 30th, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert “I’m not signing on to a failure,” Obama said. “If what I proposed is not working, I’m not going to be like these other presidents and stick to it based upon my ego or my politics – my political security.” That’s from a Washington Post story Sept. 28 on Bob Woodward’s new […]

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Teacher's Death Reignites Debate Over Standardized Testing

September 28th, 2010 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

By Tracy Dingmann When does the cost of publishing certain information outweigh the benefits? That’s what a lot of people in Los Angeles are asking in the wake of news that 5th grade teacher Rigoberto Ruelas killed himself just days after the Los Angeles Times published a teacher-rating database that pegged some aspects of his […]

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The One (Opinion) That Got Away

September 27th, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Sometimes, when I’m in a serious mood, reading the Albuquerque Journal conjures up Yeats. “The best lack all conviction,” the poet wrote, “while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” But when I have distance, reading the morning paper can be fun. Today, for example, it’s clear the Journal desperately needs Paul […]

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If Journalists Ran the Journal

September 24th, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert I had a dream. In my reverie, journalists ran the Albuquerque Journal. And I was wandering, invisible, through the newsroom when I happened on the morning meeting. So I eavesdropped. “Hey, the Tea Party is a huge national story. Why don’t we go after the New Mexico angle?” said an editor.

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The Journal on Medical Marijuana: I Think I Get It Now

September 23rd, 2010 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

By Tracy Dingmann I don’t want to jump the gun on this, but I think I finally understand the Albuquerque Journal’s position on the state’s Medical Cannabis Program. It’s for it. I reached this conclusion yesterday after reading the Sept. 22 editorial “Medical Pot Program’s Worth the Pain Relief.” The title seems pretty straightforward, no?

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Headline Just Plain Wrong

September 21st, 2010 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Here’s some (relatively) good news from the Journal watch front. It’s untrue that the editors always skew headlines to advance party or ideology. Consider the report (Tuesday, Sept. 21, C9) on Sweden’s elections. “A far right groups’ election breakthrough has shattered Sweden’s reputation as a bastion of tolerance after years of being […]

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The Journal Smacks Down School Board Member's Unscientific Claim About Condoms

September 17th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

By Tracy Dingmann Whew. I was a little worried when I saw the Journal give prominent placement to a news story detailing an Albuquerque School Board member’s shocking and virtually unchallenged assertion that condoms provide no barrier to sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS. The story, headlined “APS Board Member: Condoms Don’t Stop STDs” appeared […]

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Journal Readers Rip Rio Grande Foundation Guest Column

September 17th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

By Tracy Dingmann I must confess I find it heartening when Journal readers pick up on some of the same criticisms we make here – especially when they show up on the opinion page of the Journal as letters to the editor. Usually, someone will write one letter that picks up on a particular point […]

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