Entries from October 27th, 2010

Paul The Octopus Trumps Pharma Fraud

October 27th, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert News judgment is famously subjective, but that doesn’t mean you cannot question it. Often there’s a pattern involved, so it’s easy to show how the Albuquerque Journal’s agenda warps its news coverage. Even, that is, with stories that aren’t there. Take, for example, the New York Times lead story Wednesday, Oct. 27 […]

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Breaking From History and Tradition on the Candidate Endorsement Process

October 26th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier This past Sunday, the Albuquerque Journal concluded its endorsement cycle. Pretty much all that’s left to print are the wrap-ups summarizing whom the Journal has decided to favor, the final list of which will probably run the Sunday before Election Day. Names and specific endorsements aside, a sea change has occurred at […]

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A Tale of Two Columns

October 25th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert This is a tale of two columns. They’re both by Dana Milbank whose Washington Post pieces the Albuquerque Journal often publishes in its Op Ed pages. The Journal published one today (Oct. 25) under the headline: “Democratic Party Head Tries to Keep Confidence Going”. In it, Milbank ridiculed Chris Van Hollen, the […]

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Is There an Echo in Here?

October 22nd, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Tracy Dingmann I wrote earlier this week about the puzzling appearance of the words “punishing business” in the headline of an Oct. 17 news story about combined reporting. I thought it was odd, because there was nothing in the story about “punishing business” and the people quoted in the story as opponents of combined […]

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Celebrate the First Amendment

October 22nd, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert A brief note in celebration of the First Amendment: John Trever’s cartoon in today’s Albuquerque Journal (Oct. 22) rebukes 2010 election campaigners for mudslinging. “How low can they go?” asks an onlooker. Thus does the teapot call the kettle black!

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This Headline Gives Me a Headache

October 20th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

By Tracy Dingmann In the newspaper business, editorializing is supposed to happen on the editorial page, not in headlines on news stories. But that’s exactly what happened in the Oct. 19 issue of the Journal with the headline on a story about combined reporting. Combined reporting would require a corporation that does business in New […]

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Der Kommissar's In Town? (Uh oh)

October 19th, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Riddle: How does the Albuquerque Journal resemble the Red Army? Answer: The Soviet Union used to attach a political commissar to units of the armed forces to be certain soldiers didn’t stray from the Kremlin’s pravda. And I surmise – surmise, mind you – the Journal has an editor to preclude flagrant […]

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‘Polling Pulls Us Apart’

October 18th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier National columnist David Broder once told a group of editorial writers (myself included) that polling has reached the point it irritates people. Broder, who has covered every national campaign and convention since 1960 – traveling up to 100,000 miles a year to interview voters and report on candidates – made that comment […]

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Is It News, Or Not?

October 18th, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert A brief note on what the Albuquerque Journal did not find newsworthy Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010. It was that Angelo R. Mozilo, the former chief executive of Countrywide Financial, once the nation’s largest mortgage lender, agreed to pay $67.5 million to settle a civil fraud case brought by the SEC. In the […]

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Deciding What's "Foreign" and "Exotic"

October 15th, 2010 · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

By Tracy Dingmann What exactly is a “foreigner?” And what kind of name is “exotic?” I’m left pondering those questions – and wondering who gets to decide the answers – after reading the story headlined, “7 Foreigners Charged With Medicare Fraud,” in the Oct. 14 Albuquerque Journal. Here’s the lead: “Seven individuals with exotic sounding […]

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