Entries from December 22nd, 2011

See You in 2012

December 22nd, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

To All Our Readers: Thank you so much for your loyalty throughout the year. We hope you enjoy the holidays. Journal Watch will be on hiatus through the New Year. See you in 2012!

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Was It Something the President Said?

December 21st, 2011 · No Comments · economy, tax policy

By Arthur Alpert “Get over it” is a trendy phrase I’ve never liked. Like its kin, “Life is unfair,” the phrase usually comes from the mouth of somebody who’s comfortable and wants you to stop complaining that you’re not. The speaker’s real message is, “Quit seeking justice.” Me, I’ve yet to get over the Albuquerque […]

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What Was He Thinking? A Cautionary Tale

December 15th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier I’ve never met Phil Parker, but I’ve read his stories in the Albuquerque Journal, most of which have appeared in the North edition because he’s based in Santa Fe. If, back in June, you read the Journal’s front-page coverage of the fires near Los Alamos, you’ve read Phil Parker. From what I’ve […]

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An Editorial Agenda Disguised as News

December 14th, 2011 · No Comments · energy policy, tax policy

By Arthur Alpert What the world needs most is simple human kindness. That’s the theme of “Cat on a Streetcar Named Iguana”, a musical comedy running through this weekend at Albuquerque’s Adobe Theater and (full disclosure) in which I have a role. It’s a lovely sentiment, but I do not always measure up to it. […]

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Now, That’s Confusing

December 13th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Count on reading a correction in the Journal Tuesday, Dec. 13. I hope this one comes with an explanation. Because it’s inexplicable to me how Bernalillo County Commissioner Michael C. Wiener’s name ended up on a column written by Commissioner Wayne Johnson. The topic of the column, which I read with interest […]

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So Unforgettable

December 8th, 2011 · No Comments · economy, tax policy

By Arthur Alpert Unforgettable. That’s the title of the great song Dinah Washington performed so thrillingly, but it’s also an inescapable comment on the Albuquerque Journal’s latest achievement in faux journalism. For the second consecutive day, the Journal failed to mention the President’s major speech in Osawatomie, Kansas — a story which the Wall Street […]

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We Interrupt Our Coverage…

December 7th, 2011 · No Comments · economy, tax policy

By Arthur Alpert It is Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011 and we interrupt our ongoing coverage of the Albuquerque Journal’s continuing sins of commission against journalism to point out one sin of omission. The President spoke in Osawatomie, Kansas, yesterday, where Teddy Roosevelt once called on citizens to free their state and national governments “from the […]

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A Collaboration in Service to an Agenda

December 5th, 2011 · No Comments · economy, tax policy

By Arthur Alpert The Sunday, Dec. 4 Albuquerque Journal was nothing short of a triumph. It was a tour de force – the editors turned almost the entire newspaper into a weapon of political advocacy. I plan to substantiate that accusation later in the week, but today let’s look at just one story. It takes […]

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UPDATE: On the Journal's Correction of Yesterday's AP Story

December 2nd, 2011 · No Comments · health care reform, tax policy

By Arthur Alpert A doff of the old chapeau to the Albuquerque Journal. The newspaper ran this correction Friday, Dec. 2: “An Associated Press story and accompanying headline published in Thursday’s Journal should have said that President Barack Obama is pushing a payroll tax cut extension. Both incorrectly left out the word “cut” and said […]

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Cutting the "Cut": The Difference One Word Makes

December 2nd, 2011 · No Comments · tax policy

By Arthur Alpert There I was, slaving over a lengthy post about how the Albuquerque Journal manipulates its opinion columns to fit its narrative on political economy when a terrible headline grabbed me. I’m sorry. The Journal’s penchant for headlines that distort, obscure, ridicule, confuse or promote its agenda presents such an easy target that […]

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