Entries from July 30th, 2012

Letter Writers Push Back on Pearce's Claims About Affordable Care Act

July 30th, 2012 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Usually, the Albuquerque Journal headlines its columns and letters with a summary of what the letter or column contains. A case in point is Rep. Steve Pearce’s July 20 guest column, “Health Care Law Will Hurt Middle Class.” Some might not read past the headline and think the Affordable Care Act will […]

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A Note at Month’s End . . .

July 27th, 2012 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Reflecting the newspaper’s continuing emphasis on its online content, the Journal this past month made a historic change on its front-page masthead. Centered just above the copyrighted ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL brand and drawing of an American eagle is ABQJOURNAL.COM and in smaller letters: YOUR SOURCE FOR BREAKING NEWS The addition is given prominence […]

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The Case for No Longer Serving Up a Diluted Dish on Climate Change

July 27th, 2012 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier There’s an old saying:” If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen.” The Journal hasn’t exactly stayed out of the “kitchen” when it comes to reporting on global warming. As we’ve said before, national stories carried on the Journal’s pages regularly talk about the warming trend. And Journal science […]

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The Point of the Exercise

July 25th, 2012 · No Comments · campaign finance reform, journalism

By Arthur Alpert “The Journal still hasn’t reported Senate Republicans blocked passage of the DISCLOSE Act, aimed at identifying big contributors to non-profits engaging in political activity,” I wrote here July 19. That’s still true, but an AP Washington Bureau commentary posing as a news story did mention it Friday, July 20 on A6. I […]

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Keeping Up the Ideological Heat

July 19th, 2012 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Heat wasn’t the only record-setter this summer. I’d wager the number of articles, letters and columns by the conservative Rio Grande Foundation and its national counterparts set a record for publication in the Journal this summer as well. Nearly every week, it seems, one can count on seeing Paul J. Gessing or […]

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Keeping the Record Straight

July 19th, 2012 · No Comments · Fact Check, journalism

By Arthur Alpert Here’s an addendum to my last post. The Albuquerque Journal waited a day but did publish Wednesday, July 18 the Washington Post’s analysis of the Heather Wilson-Martin Heinrich race for Senate. Well, most of it. The original piece was very long and Journal editors cut it. Having compared the original (on the […]

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Withholding Information a Petty Distraction

July 18th, 2012 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier As a reader, I find it odd when the Albuquerque Journal leaves out information, especially when that information reflects well on the paper. I’m referring to Monday’s Business Outlook announcement (July 16) that Jessica Dyer, who has been with the Journal since 2007, “has joined the business desk as the new retail […]

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Rejection List

July 17th, 2012 · No Comments · journalism

By Arthur Alpert It’s time to update our list of stories the Albuquerque Journal doesn’t publish. Here’s a handful, with minimal context. Late Monday, July 16, Senate Democrats promoted and Senate Republicans blocked consideration of the Disclose Act, a bill that would require the names of contributors of $10,000 or more to nonprofits engaged in […]

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Another Case of Selective Scrutiny

July 16th, 2012 · No Comments · economy, financial coverage, journalism, tax policy

By Arthur Alpert I get lots of information from the Albuquerque Journal’s daily business page and Business Outlook, as well as an occasional smile. Mostly, I learn from the beat reporters what Albuquerque and New Mexico businesses are doing and how businessmen view the economy and their markets. There are also items on job moves, […]

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Beyond the Political Theater of Holder’s Contempt

July 12th, 2012 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier As happens sometimes, Arthur Alpert and I were inspired by the same topic this week – in this case, the botched gun-trafficking operation known as “Operation Fast and Furious.” While Alpert’s column is quite different from what I had in mind, I considered moving on to something else until a bit of […]

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