Entries from March 30th, 2011

Stripping the Context from the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

March 30th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Once upon a time, in an age of laissez-faire, there erupted a horrible fire in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. The sweatshops at the Triangle Shirtwaist factory burned, killing 146 workers, all immigrants (Italian, Jews from East Europe) and almost all (129) women, of whom the youngest was 14. The historic events of March […]

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The Journal Makes a Good Call on White's Appointment

March 29th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Tracy Dingmann On March 29, the Albuquerque Journal published an editorial criticizing Gov. Susana Martinez’s choice of City of Albuquerque public safety director Darren White to serve on the New Mexico Judicial Standards Commission. The editorial, titled “White Not A Good Fit for Judicial Standards,” called for White to decline or Martinez to pull […]

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Remembering a ‘Journalist of the Old School’

March 28th, 2011 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Before this month fades into history, I’d like to take a moment to remember David Broder. The Washington Post columnist is best known, perhaps, for winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1973 for distinguished commentary on the Watergate scandal, on stories broken by his colleagues Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, also honored with […]

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And Yo Mama’s Ugly, Too!

March 23rd, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Tracy Dingmann Back in Ye Olden Tymes when I was in journalism school at the University of Wisconsin, I had a notoriously tough and feared professor who had worked at the New York Times. The class was called something like “Advanced Editorial Writing,” and I loved it. One of many things I remember about […]

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Letting Politics Permeate the News

March 23rd, 2011 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier The headline on the front page of Tuesday’s Journal (March 22) illustrates well how far the paper has strayed from its former hard news ethic over the last three decades. “Libya a Political Risk for Obama” is an editorial-grade headline, more appropriate atop a column on the Editorial or Op-Ed (Opposite Editorial) […]

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Gov's Info-Sharing Plan An Odd Thing For The Journal To Endorse

March 22nd, 2011 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

By Tracy Dingmann In a March 21 editorial, the Albuquerque Journal wholeheartedly endorsed a controversial plan by Gov. Susana Martinez to give confidential driver’s license information from the Motor Vehicle Division to Secretary of State Dianna Duran to use for comparison with voter rolls. (Read: “MVD and Voter Lists Need Thorough Vetting”). The rationale behind […]

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The Journal's E.J. Dionne Problem

March 21st, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Sometimes, the Albuquerque Journal’s crimes against journalism (petty and grand) are so egregious that I don’t sputter with outrage. No, I find myself smiling instead, in some kind of admiration. As regular readers know, I’ve often pointed out the editors’ inability to write accurate headlines for the Op Ed columns of E.J.Dionne […]

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Not So Hidden Agenda

March 16th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert You gotta give the Albuquerque Journal a hand – it doesn’t hide its agenda. Not well, anyway. As if publishing Robert Samuelson’s deceptive (if predictable) attack on Social Security as “welfare” last Monday wasn’t sufficient, management launched another missile Saturday, March 12. Two in one week! Of course, in a demonstration of […]

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Journal Editorial Praising Flight Cost Plan Ignores Effect on Sick Kids

March 15th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

By Tracy Dingmann Saturday’s Albuquerque Journal brought the news that the administration of Gov. Susana Martinez will now charge state agencies 100 percent of the operational cost of flying state planes for state business. Until recently, agencies had to only cover about 40 percent of the cost – with the state’s General Services Department covering […]

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Conspiracy Thesis

March 11th, 2011 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert What’s the difference between crazy conspiracy theorists and the sane variety? Easy, the nuts know how everything fits into one elaborate plot, while reasonable folks harbor a few doubts. Which means I’m borderline loco, because I find the evidence more persuasive every day that the Albuquerque Journal pushes a political agenda in […]

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