Entries from September 30th, 2011

Taking Note

September 30th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Let’s take note of two worthwhile Journal pieces. John Fleck’s story about upcoming WIPP layoffs (Thursday, Sept. 22, C1) lucidly tracked federal budget cuts down to contractors and, eventually, their workers. It wasn’t Fleck’s job to carry the story further, but it stands to reason that 65 fewer WIPP employees buying stuff […]

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Erase and Ignore: When the facts don't fit the "fact check" narrative

September 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert According to Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., “Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society,” but the Albuquerque Journal disagrees. In its narrative – the story that emerges from Journal editorials, Op Ed essays and its manipulated news pages – management argues that taxes are bad and (more specifically) the “haves” […]

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The Quigley Chasm

September 21st, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Sometimes I read a Winthrop Quigley essay and come away wondering why the Albuquerque Journal employs him. His journalism makes management’s brand look so poor. I’m talking about how they ply the trade. He covers the health business beat and broader economic and business issues. From reading him, I gather he begins […]

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Another Lesson in Creative Headlines

September 13th, 2011 · No Comments · economy

By Arthur Alpert Like Oscar Wilde, I can resist everything but temptation. So please forget my vow to quit (or minimize) firing at the Albuquerque Journal’s fattest target – its creative headlines. Headlines are so instructive. And besides, as Wilde also knew, the only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it. […]

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Finding Room for Decency

September 12th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Back on Aug. 20, the Albuquerque Journal broke on its front page a titillating news item. Carefully reading “Camera Catches Couple in Tryst”, I weighed the unfolding facts as presented, wondering how far the media ethically could and would go with this story. The lead was: SANTA FE —An apparent tryst that […]

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More agenda-driven offenses against journalism

September 10th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert I really want to write slowly and thoughtfully, but sometimes the Albuquerque Journal’s economics and tax policy agenda is so blatant I must strike while the offense against journalism is fresh. Thursday morning, Sept. 8, the newspaper published a Washington Post story on A4 headlined: “Obama Counts on Big Speech”. It was […]

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The Journal's Anti-Labor Narrative

September 7th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert I promised to consider the Albuquerque Journal’s major narratives. On the heels of Labor Day, the newspaper’s eternal crusade against organized labor seems an appropriate choice. That position seems sharper recently, as management downplays the thinking of traditional conservatives like Sen. Domenici in favor of the laissez-faire religion preached at the Rio […]

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Nuclear Power Series: Another Installment

September 6th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier While traveling over Labor Day weekend, I came across Colorado Springs’ daily, The Gazette, which on its Sept. 2 front page carried a new installment of the Associated Press’ nuclear power series. In it, AP investigator Jeff Donn, author of the first articles in the series, which the AP released in June, […]

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Proper Restraint in a Time of Outrage

September 1st, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Because this blog levels criticism at the Albuquerque Journal, it’s imperative that we also point out from time to time when reporters’ and editors’ handling of a story is done just right. Such is the case with the paper’s editorial and news story about last month’s road-side handcuffing – at gunpoint – of […]

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