Entries from November 30th, 2010

Editorial on Film Incentives Shows Journal Readers Deserve Better

November 30th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

By Tracy Dingmann Through a two-pronged system of tax incentives strongly backed by Gov. Bill Richardson, New Mexico has managed to persuade some of the film industry’s biggest production companies to come and make dozens of feature films and television shows here. The state’s 25 percent rebate on direct in-state expenditures and the availability of […]

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Journal's Attack Dog Off The Scent?

November 29th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

By Tracy Dingmann I have to say I was pleasantly surprised to see the Journal’s investigative-columnist/reporter Thom Cole tackling the ethics issue in his UpFront column of Nov. 27. The piece, called “Martinez Gets Her Chance to Shape N.M. Ethics Laws,” was a rarity for the Journal’s lead investigative reporter. Oh, Cole writes about “ethics” […]

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Clarification, Please

November 29th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert I will not pretend that I understand the headline a Journal editor put on the Op Ed essay by E.J. Dionne Jr. published Friday, Nov. 26: “GOP Must Call Bluff on Deficits”. Let’s look for something justifying the headline. Dionne begins with a Ronald Reagan joke about the Republican “right hand” not […]

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Minimalist Thoughts…

November 26th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert So the other day I wrote a big, sweeping condemnation of the Albuquerque Journal as a teller of fables – among them the portrayal of business as an institution born innocent. Today therefore, a minimalist observation: On Monday, Nov. 22, FBI agents raided three hedge fund offices in what the N.Y. Times […]

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In Which Johnny Mango Takes It Up Several Notches….

November 24th, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Tracy Dingmann I wish I could be annoyed when someone does my job better than I do. But I can’t be anything but exhilarated by blogger Johnny Mango’s post yesterday on Duke City Fix. In it, Mango takes the Albuquerque Journal and Channel 13’s Larry Barker to task for jumping on the Richardson bash-wagon […]

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Kirtland Jet Fuel Spill Story Shows Traditional Media Still Set Agenda

November 23rd, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Tracy Dingmann When it comes to newspapers, story placement doesn’t get any better than Page One, above the fold. And that’s what kind of treatment the Journal gave the massive jet fuel spill at Kirtland Air Force Base yesterday, with a Page One story by science writer John Fleck. The story, “KAFB Steps UP […]

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The Journal's Fable-Worthy Narratives

November 22nd, 2010 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert In my dotage (or to delay my dotage), I act on local stages. I have a role now in Albuquerque Little Theater’s production of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” opening the day after Thanksgiving. If you remember the movie with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney, you know the plot is dopey […]

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Memories of NMI – And Why All New Mexicans Will Miss It

November 19th, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Tracy Dingmann The news this week that the award-winning news site New Mexico Independent had to shut down due to money woes was heartbreaking for plenty of people in New Mexico. Most obviously affected were the website’s reporters, who now must find new jobs in the rapidly-contracting world of journalism. Also directly affected were […]

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Journal Editorial On Interchange Uses Pretzel Logic To Slam Richardson

November 18th, 2010 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

By Tracy Dingmann I was writing a Journal Watch post yesterday about the lack of in-depth and useful reporting on the workings of state government when I happened to overhear a colleague’s radio. He had it tuned to KKOB-AM, where host Jim Villanucci was gleefully presiding over a four-hour call-in show about what New Mexico […]

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The Devastating Loss of the New Mexico Independent

November 17th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier For New Mexico Independent reporter Trip Jennings, it had been a “roller coaster day”: “I learned this morning I’d won two awards,” he Tweeted. “A few hours later I learned I’d been laid off due to lack of money.” Earlier, NMI Editor Gwyneth Doland had sent out this message of her own: […]

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