Entries from February 28th, 2011

The Journal's Deficit of Economic Analyses

February 28th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert I get distracted. The Albuquerque Journal commits so many journalistic offenses demanding correction that I fail to alert you – as promised – to its errors of omission. If errors they are. To take one major category I’ve often mentioned, the Journal doesn’t publish economists whose analyses – if I may think […]

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Better To Be a Plagiarist Than a Reader of The New York Times

February 28th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier It appears we can now add “plagiarist” to the list of labels already ascribed to that conservative columnist of evangelical fervor, Cal Thomas. Media Matters for America is reporting that a newspaper in Temple, Texas decided not to run Thomas’ syndicated column this past week after an editor noticed suspicious similarity between it […]

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The Unselected Works of E.J. Dionne

February 23rd, 2011 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert I’ve often written about the Journal’s habit of publishing mild “liberal” opinions from national commentators (e.g., E. J. Dionne Jr., Eugene Robinson) on its Op Ed pages. Stronger pro-middle class statements rarely make the paper. And I’ve pointed to Journal editors’ proclivity for topping those liberal Op Ed columns with dull, senseless, […]

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She Zigs Where Her Paper Zags

February 22nd, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Tracy Dingmann With her Feb. 11 “UpFront” column on state health benefits for domestic partners,  (Read: “Partners Fret Over State Benefits”) Joline Gutierrez-Krueger once again zigs where the Journal zags. Gutierrez Krueger writes about the possibility that Gov. Martinez may seek to overturn a 2003 Richardson executive order that extended state domestic partner benefits […]

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Intellectually Honest Partisanship, Anyone?

February 21st, 2011 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert In the 17th century, says Eric Burns in “Infamous Scribblers”, almost all American newspapers were loud, scandalous and partisan, even in the news, which they often fabricated. Happily, the business evolved. By the time I signed up in the mid-20th century, most papers craved respectability. So they erected a wall (not impermeable, […]

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The Swift Debunking of Marita Noon (This Time, It’s Coming From INSIDE The Paper)

February 18th, 2011 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

By Tracy Dingmann We at Journal Watch saw the ridiculous claims of oil and gas shill Marita Noon on one of her Facebook pages in the wake of the natural gas outages in New Mexico. According to Noon, it was Texas’s heavy reliance on wind power – not the obvious and catastrophic failure of Texas’ […]

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More on Florida Education Plan: Just Bunk?

February 17th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier To follow up on posts by colleague Tracy Dingmann and myself on Florida’s education plan: Tracy is spot-on that the Journal’s editorial endorsement of the Florida plan is likely due to the fact that the plan is the darling of the Rio Grande Foundation. (And I agree that Leslie Linthicum’s reality-based UpFront […]

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Leslie Linthicum’s Palate-Cleansing Column On Those Florida Consultants

February 17th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Tracy Dingmann A palate-cleanser. That’s what Leslie’s Linthicum’s UpFront column today was. The piece, called “I’d Like Hanna Skandera’s Deal,” succinctly pointed out the absurdity and hypocrisy of Education Secretary-Designate Skandera’s plan to hire eight out-of-state consultants to help her reform New Mexico’s educational system. And it came just in time, too, as readers […]

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What's Not Fit To Print?

February 16th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert I promised to do better this year in alerting you to what the Albuquerque Journal doesn’t print. • Twenty-six House Republicans, including many associated with the Tea Party, foiled GOP Speaker John Boehner’s move to extend three provisions of the Patriot Act Feb. 8. (Later, via a procedural maneuver, he got the […]

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Correction Pending? I Doubt It

February 14th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert “The Journal’s policy,” says that little graph on the bottom of page two, “is to correct errors of fact in a timely manner.” Today, Monday, Feb. 14, the newspaper published a long “news story” by Martin Crutsinger of the Associated Press Washington bureau (link not available) headlined: “ $3 Trillion Budget Heads […]

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