Entries from April 30th, 2012

‘Just Propaganda’

April 30th, 2012 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Yet again, the Albuquerque Journal has published a local column “debunking” global warming. And yet again, editors gambled on the chance that another local columnist would set the record straight with a nearly point-by-point rebuttal. One did, and the Journal ran it two days after the first. Paul Krugman of The New […]

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The ALEC Story: It's Everywhere but the Journal

April 24th, 2012 · No Comments · Fact Check, tax policy, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert I don’t think the Albuquerque Journal can shock me any more. Last time I was stunned was when the editors simply ignored the President’s so-called populist speech at Osawatomie, Kansas, the site of Teddy Roosevelt’s historic “New Nationalism” oration in 1910. I’ll admit it – the arrogance shook me. Lately, however, Journal […]

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In Praise of Frankness

April 20th, 2012 · No Comments · economy, role of government, tax policy

By Arthur Alpert It would be overstatement to say the Albuquerque Journal is two newspapers, that management’s Journal is an advocate of a partisan agenda and that the staff’s version is about searching for truths, aka journalism. Overstatement yes, but not by much. Consider first all those awards Journal staffers earned from the Society of […]

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What It Takes to be Banned by the Journal

April 17th, 2012 · No Comments · economy, tax policy

By Arthur Alpert I’m always writing here about how the Albuquerque Journal’s editorial agenda determines its news pages, which is what I should do. There’s no point in beefing about the editorials because he who owns the organ calls the tune, whereas there is universal condemnation – the Hearst era being long gone – for […]

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With Apologies to David Brinkley

April 12th, 2012 · No Comments · Fact Check, tax policy

By Arthur Alpert Here’s a pleasant thought – the Albuquerque Journal is an outlier, defined as “a person or thing situated away or detached from the main body or system.” Rarely, that is, does a newspaper deliberately manipulate the news to advance management’s editorial agenda. What’s more common is tolerance for mediocre or downright poor […]

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Will ‘Networked Feminism’ Make Its Way to Sage?

April 9th, 2012 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier It didn’t seem fair. Just as the Albuquerque Journal started putting its in-house inserts on glossy paper (see Saturday’s Fit and the March 3 debut of Live Well) the newspaper moved its longest-running in-house magazine, Sage, online.  Would Sage not get to go glossy? On top of that, it didn’t seem like […]

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Going Beyond "He said, she said"

April 5th, 2012 · No Comments · energy policy, Fact Check, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert The Tuesday, April 3 Albuquerque Journal carried a story I found both praiseworthy and troubling. May I explain why? The piece, from Washington reporter Michael Coleman, was headlined: “‘Big Oil’ Distorts Obama’s Record, Ad in N.M. Says” The story, on C2, reported there’s a new TV ad from a pro-Obama superPAC (Priorities […]

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Blackout of Wisconsin Recall Story Ends

April 3rd, 2012 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert The Albuquerque Journal’s long darkness is over. You will remember that – despite major demonstrations – Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker succeeded last year in weakening public employee unions’ collective bargaining rights. The Journal published lots of stories on Walker’s attack on organized labor. Then the unions and their allies stormed back and […]

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A Story of Magnitude: High Court Stripping Away at Privacy, Civil Rights

April 3rd, 2012 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that routine strip searches are acceptable in the United States – for even the most minor of offenses.  Recognizing the magnitude of this ruling, Journal reporter Scott Sandlin got together a local angle on the story in time for its publication this morning; fittingly, […]

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