Entries from October 31st, 2011

Resignation Editorial a Rush to Judgment

October 31st, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier I’m not sure which is more problematic: that the Journal in its Sunday lead editorial called for Third Judicial District Judge Michael Murphy to resign, or that the editorial began with a quote from N.M. Supreme Court Justice Charles Daniels as some sort of justification for the editorial position. Just because you […]

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Worthy of Note: Front Pages From the Fire Front

October 31st, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Back in June, we all were breathing smoke. Elders and those with compromised lung function were advised to stay indoors. At dusk, the entire sky was surreal as atmospheric particulates blazed an otherworldly orange. We all were aware of the fires at Los Alamos. They affected us. And a dramatic front page […]

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A Surprising Issue

October 30th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Perhaps it wasn’t an Albuquerque Journal for the ages, but it certainly grabbed my attention. I refer to the issue of Thursday, Oct. 27. Consider first the featured essay on the editorial page from E. J. Dionne Jr., about a Vatican critique of the global financial system “that paralleled many of the […]

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What Part of Malfeasance Doesn't He Understand?

October 25th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert The Albuquerque Journal is not conducting a full-throated campaign against the Occupy Wall Street movement, not yet. It may, however, be leaning toward unleashing the dogs of war. Having watched management’s blitzkrieg against Obamacare a while back, I would recognize a real assault. In that campaign, remember, the Journal published streams of […]

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Otherwise Occupied

October 24th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier When the now-global “Occupy Wall Street” movement began spreading outside New York City at the start of this month, I was otherwise occupied. I was writing about the Albuquerque Journal’s lack of reporting on another national movement gone local, complaining that the Journal’s coverage of local protestors taking part in the national […]

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A Distinctive Approach to Gaddafi Story

October 22nd, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Everybody’s top international story Friday morning Oct. 21 was the death of Muammar Gaddafi as rebels won Libya. Along with accounts of the dictator’s end, the Washington Post ran a lengthy piece headlined: “President Obama points to value of ‘collective action’ in Libya”. The Post considered how much credit is due the […]

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Reality-based MONEY

October 18th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Sometimes I think the Albuquerque Journal offers two kinds of journalism, reality-based and, er, other. Sunday’s MONEY section, for example, was an excellent example of the first category. You know MONEY, where local editors wrap a few local and wire stories around the Wall Street Journal Sunday – a four-page insert syndicated […]

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Guessing With Gessing's RGF Reports

October 17th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier The Rio Grande Foundation’s blog, “Errors of Enchantment,” takes on new meaning when juxtaposed next to a report retraction by RGF president/report editor Paul Gessing. Last week, after errors in one of his reports was pointed out by the Rio Rancho Journal (a zoned edition of the Albuquerque Journal), Gessing posted the […]

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A Call for Clarity

October 13th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Every so often, a word gets dropped from a story in the Albuquerque Journal. It makes the reader pause, but usually, one can surmise what the dropped word was and continue reading. Frankly, I’ve always marveled — even when I was working in the midst of it — at the way talented […]

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A Half-Vast Gamut of Economic Ideas

October 12th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert I’ve often noted here that the Albuquerque Journal’s gamut of economic ideas is half-vast. That’s to say it runs from center-right to far right on the horizontal scale. Nothing left of center. Vertically speaking, these ideas mostly emanate from the wealthy and corporate. But the near-ban on economic thinking representing other interests […]

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